Taquitos are one of those insanely awesome easy finger foods that have the ability to be extremely versatile or super simple. They can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or main course depending on your need (and quantity). I love being able to make these at home instead of buying a box of frozen pre-made taquitos with the list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Plus, this allows them to be customized to have more or less of a certain seasoning, cheese, or meat. I will post an alternate version of this recipe using a shredded beef as well. The shredded beef takes longer so this is the quick and easy version without lacking in the world of flavor. The icing on the cake is that these are baked and therefore make them a bit healthier than the deep fried counterpart. These do very well in the freezer also. Just freeze them in a single layer and store in a gallon bag. They can be microwaved for a quick snack right from the freezer.
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- Olive Oil
- 1/2 Chopped Onion OR 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/8 `tsp Black Pepper
- 1 clove Chopped Garlic
- Corn Tortillas
- Sour Cream
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
Brown ground beef on stovetop
Add chopped onion (or Onion Powder) and dry seasoning. Cook 5 minutes
Add chopped Garlic and cook additional 2-3 minutes.
Remove meat mixture from heat.
Place a tortilla directly on oven rack and cook roughly 30 seconds (this softens it enough to allow you to roll it in step 8, skipping this will result in a lot of torn tortillas)
Pull out the tortilla and fill with desired amount of meat mixture and cheese
Roll the taquito placing the seam side down on a non-stick cookie sheet (I use my silicone baking mat)
Repeat steps 6-8 until all the meat mixture is gone
Brush Olive Oil liberally across the tops of each taquito
Cook ~10 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the cheese has melted
Top with any additional toppings and enjoy!
Check out this incredibly easy (and fast) way to chop an onion!