Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

When I was growing up in south Texas, my parents always had a freezer full of chicken taquitos for us to eat. A few minutes zapped in the microwave, and we had a tasty little lunch we all adored. So when I got older and saw how readily available taquitos are in the freezer sections of most grocery stores, I totally stocked up. I knew my kids would love them.

Unfortunately, they despised them! When I tried them myself (twenty years after I’d last had them), I realized they weren’t quite as amazing as I remembered.

So I set about making them from scratch, knowing that they couldn’t possibly be that difficult, and I could add quality ingredients to make them really amazing.

I’ll also point out that these are more technically flautas than taquitos, as they are made with flour tortillas. But you could just as easily use corn tortillas, and they’d be just as great. My kids prefer flour, though, so that’s what I used.

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Ingredients

2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
4 ounces of cream cheese (1/2 a block)
1.5 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (I used sharp white)
1 red pepper, finely diced
1 small onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 C salsa (any kind you like)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
10 small flour tortillas (fajita size)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Non-stick cooking spray or olive oil (I used organic coconut oil cooking spray)
Optional for serving: fresh cilantro, green onions, sour cream, salsa and/or black olives

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stock cooking spray.

In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the red pepper and onion until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about a minute longer.

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Turn the heat down to low and add the salsa, chili powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Add the chicken and mix well. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream cheese. Mix until the cream cheese is fully incorporated.

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Add the shredded cheese and mix well.

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

To fill the tortillas, work with one at a time. Heat a burrito shell for 10 seconds in the microwave to make it pliable and easy to work with.

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Add 1/3 cup of the filling to the center of the shell and roll it tightly. Place it on the baking sheet, seam side down, leaving a little space between each one. Repeat until all 10 are rolled.

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Spray the tops of the taquitos lightly with cooking spray or brush with a little olive oil.

Place the baking sheet on the center rack in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until brown and crispy. If the edges get brown too quick, cover them with foil and continue baking.

Serve immediately with fresh cilantro, green onions, sour cream, salsa and/or black olives, if desired.

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Notes: When rolling the taquitos, try not to squeeze the filling to the edges of the shell. That will help prevent too much from oozing out as it bakes and the cheeses start to melt.

When measuring out the filling, use just at 1/3 cup, and don’t pack it down. If you do, you’ll wind up with too much filling in each one and not enough for all 10 shells.

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos
Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Yield: 10 taquitos
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These delicious homemade taquitos are filled with a chicken and cheesy mixture that will appeal to any kid while being totally enjoyable to adults as well. Made with flour tortillas, they are soft and creamy and can be stored in the freezer to be microwaved whenever you like!

Ingredients

  • 2 C chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1.5 C cheddar cheese, shredded (I used sharp white)
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 C salsa
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 10 small flour tortillas (fajita size)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • Non-stick cooking spray or olive oil (I used organic coconut oil cooking spray)
  • Optional for serving: fresh cilantro, green onions, sour cream, salsa and/or black olives

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the red pepper and onion until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about a minute longer.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and add the salsa, chili powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Add the chicken and mix well. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream cheese. Mix until the cream cheese is fully incorporated.
  5. Add the shredded cheese and mix well.
  6. To fill the tortillas, work with one at a time. Heat a tortilla for 10 seconds in the microwave to make it pliable and easy to work with.
  7. Add 1/3 cup of the filling to the center of the shell and roll it tightly. Place it on the baking sheet, seam side down, leaving a little space between each one. Repeat until all 10 are rolled.
  8. Spray the tops of the taquitos lightly with cooking spray or brush with a little olive oil.
  9. Place the baking sheet on the center rack in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until brown and crispy. If the edges get brown too quick, cover them with foil and continue baking.
  10. Serve immediately with fresh cilantro, green onions, sour cream, salsa and/or black olives, if desired.

Notes

When rolling the taquitos, try not to squeeze the filling to the edges of the shell. That will help prevent too much from oozing out as it bakes and the cheeses start to melt.

When measuring out the filling, use just at 1/3 cup, and don’t pack it down. If you do, you’ll wind up with too much filling in each one and not enough for all 10 shells.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

11 Responses

  1. These look amazing! I would deep fry them! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Link Party!

  2. These sound delicious! Everything seems to be helped with the addition of cream cheese! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Pinning. Blessings, Janet

  3. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe as we need good things in the freezer for the kids to pop in the microwave. About the salsa…I’m assuming that’s 1/2 cup? Thank you!

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