Tex-Mex is by far my favorite cuisine. What is Tex-Mex, you ask? I grew up in Texas and this is what we ate. It’s a variation of traditional Mexican cuisine with dishes such as nachos, fajitas, and cheese enchiladas, to name a few. One of my favorite Tex-Mex dishes are taquitos. My Baked Chicken & Cheese Taquitos are delicious, easy to make, and perfect to serve as an appetizer or dinner! Shredded chicken & cheese, rolled into a tortilla and baked until crispy. This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and 3 taquitos are 7 SmartPoints!
Have you ever had a taquito or a flauta? Taquitos and flautas are very similar… they are basically a rolled up tortilla stuffed with meat (usually chicken), fried until crispy, and served with dip, which sounds delicious right? The main difference between the two is the size of the tortilla. Flautas are generally made with a burrito size tortilla, and usually with a flour tortilla. Taquitos are made with a standard taco size corn tortilla, which I like better.
I remember as a kid eating frozen chicken taquitos and loving them. As an adult, I think fondly about those taquitos but would rather make my own than buy the frozen kind. Making my own taquitos ensures they are healthy and without preservatives. I love taquitos and never would have thought I could make these at home, especially a healthy version… until now! So how was I able to make delicious taquitos healthy? By using corn tortillas and baking the taquitos rather than frying. That’s right, I baked the taquitos and they are just as crispy as if they were fried! I bake corn tortillas all the time to make my own tostada shells and tortilla chips. I’ll be sharing my tortilla chips recipe soon so you can enjoy delicious, guilt free chips at home 🙂 .
This recipe starts with shredded chicken. For this recipe, I make my Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken. This is my go-to recipe any time I make a dish that calls for shredded chicken. Make the chicken on a Sunday and have shredded chicken on hand during the week!
After the chicken has been shredded, it’s time to get rolling! Not only do these taquitos have shredded chicken inside, by there is also shredded monterey jack cheese. I love monterey jack cheese and this cheese adds a nice creamy bite to the taquito.
To assemble the taquitos, lay a tortilla onto your left hand and add 1 tablespoon cheese.
Add 2 tablespoons chicken on top of the cheese.
Roll up the tortilla tight and secure with a toothpick.
Repeat the above steps 20 times. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and lay all the taquitos flat onto the sheet. Spray the top of the taquitos with cooking spray.
Bake the taquitos at 400 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
These taquitos bake to crispy perfection… you would have no idea they weren’t fried! Cheesy, packed with delicious shredded chicken, and easy to make.
I like to serve my taquitos with my Roasted Tomatillo Salsa. This salsa is the perfect dip for these taquitos. Fresh, easy to make!
To make these extra fancy, drizzle some fat free sour cream on top with a sprinkle of fat free feta cheese and cilantro.
Baked Chicken & Cheese Taquitos are delicious, easy to make, and perfect to serve as an appetizer or dinner! Shredded chicken mixed with tomatillo salsa and cheese, rolled into a tortilla and baked until crispy. Eat a few as an appetizer, or make it a dinner! 5 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints for 3 taquitos!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!