Oh, Pinterest. How I love thee. All those pictures of crafts that I’m not creative enough to produce and food I don’t have the patience to make, wrapped up in a pretty, ridiculously easy to use package? Yeah, that spells addiction for little ole M-E.
Pinterest is where I found the picture and link to the recipe for the amazing taquitos I made tonight. They’re ridiculously easy and so much better than they’re frozen, store bought counterparts. I think I’ve found my new go-to party food for family get-togethers and football season.
1 medium oven roasted chicken, cleaned and deboned, coarsely chopped
1 package (8 oz) light cream cheese spread
1/4 cup salsa
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 of a small onion, finely diced
1 block grated pepperjack cheese
15-20 soft taco size white corn or flour tortillas (flour are much easier to roll, trust me)
2 Tbsp melted butter
And here’s where things get fun:
1) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil.
2) Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds until soft. Add salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder and mix well. Add cilantro, green onions, chicken and pepperjack cheese and stir to combine well.
3) Wet a few paper towels and wrap 10 tortillas in an envelope shape so that all the entire surface of the tortillas are covered. Heat in the microwave for about a minute or until the tortillas are soft and pliable. Place 3 Tbsp of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Roll as tightly as you can, then place taquitos seam side down on the baking sheet.
4) Brush melted butter over the tops of taquitos and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Halfway through the baking process, flip the taquitos over and brush the seam side with more melted butter.
And voilà! That’s it! It took me a little over an hour to prep and bake everything because I only have one good baking sheet and the cat attacked me once I started to take the chicken off the bones. (No, seriously. He hopped up on the back of a chair and then tried to jump on my butcher block to get to the meat. I had to catch him mid-flight and lock him in his bedroom to avoid seasoning everything with cat fur.) Boo thought that bit was riotously funny. Me, not so much. But whatever. The taquitos were delicious.