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Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Chicken Taquitos

5 from 7 reviews

So much better than boxed taquitos these creamy homemade Chicken Taquitos are made with cream cheese, sour cream, diced chicken,  cheddar cheese, and pepper jack cheese all fried to golden perfection like a fried taco. 

Ingredients

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  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can green chiles well drained
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup finely shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups finely diced chicken
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 (8-inch) flour or corn tortillas (see notes)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, green chilies, ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded pepper jack cheese, and diced chicken. Season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. 
  2. Spoon the mixture in a line across the top third of a tortilla. Roll the tortilla tightly and secure it with a toothpick.
  3. Heat 1-1 1/2 inches of oil in a cast iron skillet or heavy pot like a Dutch oven. Using tongs carefully add a few taquitos and fry for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Work in batches and remove to a paper towel-lined plate or platter as they are fried. Carefully remove the toothpicks. 

Notes

  • Any diced cooked chicken works in this recipe including spit-roasted rotisserie, oven-roasted, poached, grilled, and pan-fried.
  • The cream cheese mixture can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Both corn and flour tortillas work great but the corn tortillas will need to be heated and softened so they are pliable enough to roll. Heat in a nonstick skillet for 15 seconds on each side or 4 at a time covered with paper towels in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  • The heavier skillets and pots are easier to fry in because they maintain a constant temperature better.
  • Secure the rolled tortillas with a toothpick. Remember to remove the toothpicks after frying.
  • These taquitos are best enjoyed promptly after frying.
  • Freeze prepped uncooked taquitos for up to 2 months. Fry, bake, or air fry from frozen. See more below on cooking options.

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