Homemade chicken taquitos


Creamy Chicken Taquitos


  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or your choice)
  • 12 small flour tortillas
  • Oil for frying
  • Toothpicks

Optional toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Chopped green onions
  • Cilantro


  1. Prepare the Filling:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded rotisserie chicken, softened cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, and shredded cheese.
    • Mix the ingredients until well combined, creating a creamy and flavorful filling.
  2. Warm the Tortillas:
    • Place the tortillas in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to make them pliable.
  3. Assemble the Taquitos:
    • Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of each tortilla.
    • Roll up the tortillas tightly around the filling, securing them with toothpicks to prevent them from unrolling during frying.
  4. Fry the Taquitos:
    • In a skillet, heat enough oil for frying over medium-high heat.
    • Carefully place the rolled taquitos into the hot oil, seam side down.
    • Fry each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
    • Use tongs to turn the taquitos to ensure even cooking.
  5. Drain and Serve:
    • Place the fried taquitos on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
    • Remove toothpicks before serving.
  6. Garnish and Enjoy:
    • Serve the creamy chicken taquitos warm.
    • Optional: Garnish with sour cream, additional salsa, guacamole, chopped green onions, or cilantro.
  7. Variation: Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
    • For a buffalo chicken twist, substitute buffalo sauce for the salsa and add a dash of hot sauce to the filling.
    • Consider using blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.

These homemade creamy chicken taquitos are versatile and customizable. Enjoy experimenting with different fillings and flavors, and have fun creating delicious variations

Here are some tips to ensure your Creamy Chicken Taquitos turn out perfectly:

  1. Use Rotisserie Chicken: The pre-cooked rotisserie chicken adds great flavor and saves time. Shred the chicken finely for a smoother filling.
  2. Soften Cream Cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing it with other ingredients. This ensures a smoother and creamier filling.
  3. Adjust Seasonings: Taste the filling before rolling the taquitos. Adjust the seasonings according to your preference. You can add a pinch of salt, pepper, or extra spices like cumin or paprika for more flavor.
  4. Warm Tortillas Properly: Microwaving tortillas for a short time makes them pliable. Overheating can make them dry and prone to cracking, so be cautious.
  5. Secure with Toothpicks: Insert toothpicks into the taquitos before frying to keep them tightly rolled. Remember to remove them before serving.
  6. Fry at the Right Temperature: Heat the oil to the right temperature before frying (around 350°F or 180°C). This ensures a crispy texture without absorbing too much oil.
  7. Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: Fry the taquitos in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, which can result in uneven cooking. Give each taquito enough space to crisp up evenly.
  8. Turn with Care: Use tongs to turn the taquitos carefully. Turning them gently prevents the filling from spilling out.
  9. Drain Excess Oil: Place the fried taquitos on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. This keeps them crispy.
  10. Serve Fresh and Hot: Taquitos are best enjoyed fresh and hot. Serve them immediately after frying for the crispiest texture.
  11. Customize Toppings: Offer a variety of toppings like sour cream, salsa, guacamole, chopped green onions, or cilantro to enhance the flavors and add a fresh touch.
  12. Experiment with Variations: Feel free to experiment with different fillings. Try variations like buffalo chicken by incorporating buffalo sauce or adding different cheeses for extra flavor.

Remember, cooking is an art, and you can adjust the recipe to suit your taste preferences. Enjoy the process, and don’t be afraid to get creative with your Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Creamy Chicken Taquitos:

  1. Can I use fresh chicken instead of rotisserie chicken?
    • Yes, you can. Cook and shred boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs as an alternative to rotisserie chicken.
  2. How do I store leftover taquitos?
    • Store leftover taquitos in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven for best results to maintain their crispiness.
  3. Can I freeze Creamy Chicken Taquitos?
    • Yes, you can freeze them before or after frying. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze individually, then transfer to a freezer bag. Reheat in the oven or air fryer from frozen.
  4. What can I use if I don’t have toothpicks to secure the taquitos?
    • Toothpicks help secure the taquitos during frying, but you can use kitchen twine or ensure they are placed seam side down to help them hold their shape.
  5. Can I bake the taquitos instead of frying them?
    • Yes, you can bake them in a preheated oven at around 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  6. How can I make the filling spicier?
    • Add diced jalapeños, hot sauce, or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the filling to increase the spiciness.
  7. What dipping sauces pair well with Creamy Chicken Taquitos?
    • Sour cream, salsa, guacamole, or a simple cilantro-lime dipping sauce are all great options.
  8. Can I make these taquitos ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the filling in advance and assemble the taquitos just before frying. This makes them a convenient option for parties or gatherings.
  9. How do I prevent the tortillas from cracking during rolling?
    • Ensure the tortillas are properly warmed to make them pliable. Overfilling them can cause cracking, so use the recommended amount of filling.
  10. What other variations can I try with the filling?
    • Experiment with different cheeses, add sautéed vegetables, or try a different sauce such as barbecue or buffalo sauce for unique flavor variations.
  11. Can I use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas?
    • Yes, you can use corn tortillas. Keep in mind that they may require a quick fry before rolling to prevent cracking.
  12. How can I make a healthier version of Creamy Chicken Taquitos?
    • Consider baking or air frying the taquitos instead of frying them, and use whole wheat or low-carb tortillas for a healthier option.

Feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your preferences and dietary needs

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