Chicken Taquitos

I don’t know if everyone gets these, but 7-Eleven has rolling heat rack things where they keep hotdogs & taquitos warm and their taquitos are awesome…buffalo chicken is a particular favourite. I can’t justify how much money they cost, though, so occasionally, I am compelled to make some at home. Now, you can wander off to any grocery store and buy a box of chicken or beef taquitos (get the chicken) or you can make your own – I like both ways. One is way less work, but sometimes you just have to take something that’s pretty bad for you and make it better for you (I can’t say “good” for you 🙂 )

Recipe:

  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese – I used mozzarella, but cheddar, colby, pepperjack, whatever you like will work – or combine some cheeses
  • 1 – 2 cups of cream cheese
  • 3 cups of black beans (I cooked one cup and have it on internet authority that one cup dry equals 3 cups cooked)
  • half a jar of pepperoncini peppers, stem removed and the remainder chopped into little pieces. Green chilis would work, or for the no spice option, regular bell peppers would also work…I’d say at least one, perhaps 2. For the “Buffalo” option, you could just add some Buffalo sauce.
  • 1 TB chili powder
  • 1 TB cumin
  • 1 TB paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • wraps – I used 17 Dempsters 8 inch plain tortillas, but anything you have and like will work.
  • you could also add some shredded zucchini, shredded carrots, chopped tomatoes (minus seeds and juice) – pretty much any vegetable that is extremely mild flavoured that you want to sneak in

Basically, this is just mix, wrap & cook – pretty simple. Since everything is cooked, you can taste the filling for flavour before you go ahead and wrap these.

The only trick you need to know is that your filling needs to be sticky enough to hold the beans in the wrap, otherwise you’ll be chasing those little suckers all over the place! The only other thing I can think of that could be a problem is if you use corn tortillas – warm them in the microwave to get them pliable and hold them under a damp towel, otherwise they will break as you roll them.

I mixed all the filling ingredients in a bowl, used a 1/3 cup measuring cup to dole out the filling onto each wrap. I put the filling more to one side of each wrap and tried to spread the filling end to end. I then wrapped them up pretty tightly, popped them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, which was sprayed with cooking spray. Once the tray was full, I sprayed the tops with more cooking spray (it helps to brown them) and put them in a 400 F oven for 15 minutes.

I served them with some sour cream and some salsa.

Is it the most healthy meal ever? It does have 4 food groups covered, but I still have to say “nope, that’s a lot of cheese right there”, but I didn’t add anything peculiar nor did I add any salt other than what was already in the ingredients, and I can live with that.

:S

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