Baked Chicken Taquitos

Lori & Paul, Burp!

These deliciously smoky chicken taquitos bake up crispy and delicious thanks to a brush of melted butter and some time in a hot oven. They’re the perfect snack for game day, or any time you’re craving that fast Tex-Mex food fix.

Baked Chicken Taquitos
By Lori & Paul
Makes 20 taquitos


3 cups cooked shredded (or chopped) chicken – about 2 large breasts
5 tablespoons butter, divided
1 medium onion, diced
2 chipotle chiles en adobo, minced
1 ½ teaspoons cumin
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
20 small corn tortillas


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place cooked chicken into a medium bowl. Set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender. Stir in minced chipotle chiles and cumin. Add mixture to chicken, along with chopped cilantro and grated cheese. Mix to combine.

Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Set aside.

Line 2 baking sheets with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper and brush lightly with butter.

To make taquitos: Heat griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat. Place one tortilla on the pan, turning until pliable. Remove the tortilla to a clean work surface. Add about 3 tablespoons of filling to the bottom third of each warmed tortilla and roll it away from you into a tight cigar. Place the taquito on the baking sheet, seam side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling, leaving ample space between the taquitos to allow for the tortillas to crisp.

Brush taquitos with melted butter, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are browned and crispy. Cool slightly before serving.

Serve with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

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  1. These sound fabulous, my kids ate the Trader Joe’s taquitos non stop when they were younger, but I’ve never tried to make them from scratch. I often have a problem with my corn tortillas cracking when I try to roll them, though, any ideas?

  2. Lori said:

    If corn tortillas are giving you trouble, this trick might help:

    Spray the tortillas with a bit of oil, or brush them with a bit of butter, and place them in a 400 degree oven on a cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before rolling.

    BONUS: if you do this, you may not have to brush as much butter on the taquitos before they go into the oven to bake.