Baked Chicken Taquitos


Baked Chicken Taquitos

Today is an important day for two reasons.  First, it is my baby’s birthday!!!  I now have an 8 year old!  I can not believe how quickly he has grown up, and what a wonderful kid he is turning into.  He is smart, funny, creative, and super into sports.  He has his party with friends tomorrow night, and guess what they are doing?  Playing basketball and soccer.  Not a bad thing for a bunch of 2nd graders to burn off energy :)

Baked Chicken Taquitos

What else makes today special?  It is Pass The Cookbook Club day!  I had to miss out last month because we were just getting back from Japan, but I am happy to jump in again this month.  Want to join in the fun?  Each month Kita selects a 3 recipes from a cookbook, and we make one of our choice, and share it with you!  It is fun to see what everyone picks, and how they put their own little spin on things.  Check out the Facebook page if you are interested in playing along.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

So this month we chose The Picky Palate Cookbook by Jenni Flake of Picky-Palate.  Jenni has an amazing website of recipes, so I was excited to dive in.  I chose the Weeknight Shredded Chicken Taquitos.   I had chicken I cooked in the crock pot to make this a quick meal.  Taquitos are very versatile, and you can fill them with whatever your family likes.  Serve with salsa or guacamole for dipping, and you should have a happy crowd.  The oven did a great job of getting these crispy, so you don’t have to worry about frying them.  I even made these again for lunch a couple days later, at my now 8 year olds request, he loved them!

Baked Chicken Taquitos
Serves: 5
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Healthy Baked Chicken Taquitos. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 (10oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3 Tbls cilantro, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 10 small flour tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the chicken, tomatoes, cilantro, salt, cumin, and black pepper. Heat over low heat until everything is warmed through.
  3. Lay tortillas on a flat surface. Fill with about ⅓ cup of chicken mixture, and 2 Tbls of cheese. Roll tightly.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with a silpat, or sprayed with nonstick spray.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve with guacamole or salsa for dipping
Adapted from Picky Palate Cookbook


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your grown-up 8-year-old!
    What a fun idea with the cookbook sharing! Great choice on the recipe too. We crave Mexican at least once a week around here, so I’m always looking for new ways to keep in fresh. Awesome Erin.

  2. Awww happy birthday to your baby!! And so excited to see you’re part of the club too. It’s my first month participating so I’m still discovering the members :) Taquitos are my fave and I was so tempted to make these but I went with the mini pies instead.

  3. They look even better paired with that guac!

  4. Happy birthday to that boy of yours! These babies don’t even need a celebration!

  5. Happy birthday to your little boy! :)

  6. 8 years old, wow! Happy Birthday to the boy. Soon you’re going to have to stop calling him your baby lol (well at least in pubic!)

    xo Jackie

  7. I’ve been eyeing some taquitos in a magazine and now I’m certain I have to make some! Happy bday to your little guy!! :)

  8. Happy Birthday to your not-s0-little-anymore guy! My kids agree with him that these were some good food.

  9. I love this healthier homemade version!

  10. These look fantastic. I used 10′ tortillas and I think they were way too big. Still delicious though.

  11. I freaking love taquitos.

  12. Your taquitos look really good, I almost made these and now I need to try them seeing how good they look.

  13. This looks delicious! Happy birthday to your little guy. They grow so fast!

  14. These look great, Erin! I love that they are baked instead of fried. Soooo much easier.

    Happy Birthday to your “no longer a baby” baby!!

  15. Happy birthday to your little guy! What amazing food/dessert are you going to make for him? Maybe a repeat of these taquitos because they look scrumptious. I’m starving right now so I’m literally drooling as I’m staring at your photos.

  16. Happy Birthday to your 8-year old! I bet he loved these taquitos–I would. I’ve never made them before but I think it’s safe to say these would disappear quickly if they were in the same room with me.

  17. Happy Birthday to your sweet little guy! Your taquitos do make a tasty dish for Cinco de Mayo or any other time as well 😉

  18. How did you know that I like taquitos?!? Hehe, this is one of my “secret” indulgences. I can eat at least half a dozen of these in one sitting – no kidding! I’m not exaggerating either…

  19. Hope your son has a great birthday! Love how easy these are and I can only imagine how tasty they were. Happy almost Friday!!

  20. Happy belated Birthday to your little one! These baked chicken taquitos are the perfect way to usher in the new month, and hopefully warmer temperatures! 😀

  21. Happy 8th to your son…i missed to post for this month but i made quesadilla which were delightful. Taquitos are already on my mind – quick and delicious :)

  22. I can’t get enough when it comes to Mexican food, and since baking is my number one passion, this recipe is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing it. One of our next meals will be this served with some black beans and Spanish rice.

  23. Yay! Happy belated birthday to your little guy! :)

    And I love baked chicken taquitos! I always leave out the salsa / tomatoes and so it’s a bunch of chicken, cheese and spices. I’d love to post them but it appears taquitos just aren’t made without salsa. Oh well. I don’t like it and I refuse to add them to my taquitos. 😉

  24. This is definitely a perfect recipe for kids, and easy on a busy weekday too! I was thinking it would be fun for when I travel too, I would imagine they are good cold or hot:-) Your recipe looks delicious:-) Take care, Hugs, Terra

  25. Happy late Birthday to your 8 year old boy :) Our little boy turns one this saturday and I am starting to realize just how fast time flies. Also, you are the second blogger that has vouched for the crispiness of these taquitos. I was doubtful, but now I will be giving them a try!

  26. Happy birthday to your little man! 8…. I miss 8. ;D And I love that he’s requesting these.

    Loved that you made these in the crock pot. But then again, I do <3 me some crock pot dinners!

  27. Priscilla says:

    I made these today for lunch and added corn and black beans. I double the spices due to adding these things as well as doubling the cheese. They were fabulous. The family LOVED them!!!! Thanks for the recipe and idea!! Thought I would share my version.

    • Sounds like a great adaption! Glad they were such a hit. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment!

  28. I never comment on posts, but wanted to let you know I discovered this recipe several months ago and since then we have had these at least once a week in our house! I add black bean and corn, cook everything except cheese and tortillas in the crockpot and it makes for such an easy and delicious meal. We take them to work for lunch since they are so easy to pack up!

    • Thanks Abby for coming back to leave a comment! So glad that these are such a hit at your house! Love your additions too.



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