I know I’ve already posted one taquito recipe on here–although not a typical one–but I’ve got a few more I enjoy. Tonight my friend and I fed 9 kids (mine and hers and two extras), and we opted to make these Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos for the crowd. We doubled the recipe and used the breast meat from a Costco rotisserie chicken, which made it decently easy. We also used regular Monterey Jack instead of Pepperjack, because a)I don’t like Pepperjack and b)I don’t do spicy. The only other real change we made was using fresh cilantro instead of dried, because we had it, so why not? (To substitute fresh herbs for dried, you use triple the amount of dried that it calls for.) And of course, whole wheat tortillas, because slightly more filling is always better, right? Anyway…
I do really enjoy this recipe. I love rolling fillings into flour tortillas because they don’t crack if you, you know, BREATHE. You don’t have to baby them in the microwave with damp paper towels, or fry them in oil and add unholy amounts of pure fat to the recipe; you just roll and set them on the pan and you’re done. (It’s not that I don’t love homemade enchiladas, but there’s a reason why I don’t make them very often. Corn tortillas are beastly to roll.) I also love baking instead of frying. It’s not that I object to eating my fair share of lovely fried goodness, mind you; it’s just that deep frying things myself focuses my mind a little too clearly on the oil involved. It’s easier for me to deal with when I don’t have to actually look at it. (Incidentally, I’m also still traumatized by how long my kitchen stank after the homemade onion ring experiment.) And, yes, the healthy matters when it’s just an everyday dinner. I try to space out the ‘you’ll die happy’ kind of recipes.
If you’re worried about rolling them, don’t be. It gets routine after a time or two. And don’t stress about using the exact amounts per tortilla that it calls for. I usually end up using half as many tortillas as the recipe tells me I’ll need, and no one complains about how they taste. I mixed salsa and ranch to dip them in, while most of the kids used plain ranch, but they were more or less enjoyed by all.
Go ahead. Take the taquito plunge. You’ll be glad you did!