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Easy Chicken Taquitos

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Chicken taquitos have all the flavors of your favorite Mexican dish rolled up into one tasty, crispy tortilla roll!

Mexican food is kind of my jam! Be sure to try a few more of my favorite Spanish recipes – Easy Homemade Chicken Enchiladas,  Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos, and Mexican Corn Salad.

two crispy chicken taquitos on a plate topped with sour cream and a side of rice

A Mexican Classic

These homemade chicken taquitos are pretty much your standard delicious Mexican meal – tortillas, cheese, salsa and whatever else sounds good! The original recipe I found years ago calls these delicious taquitos “Crispy Tortilla Rolls”. Feel free to call them what you will- they are YUMMY, and they couldn’t be any easier to make!

My kids love these, I typically make a large batch of them and serve them for dinner. However, you can also make a batch of these and serve them at a party or during the Big Game. They’re so easy to make, you can quickly make a large batch of these for any occasion. They only take a couple minutes to cook, so they’ll be ready in no time.

several flour tortillas rolled up that have shredded chicken sticking out and each one has a toothpick stuck in it to keep them from unrolling.

How to Make Chicken Taquitos

Prep – You’ll first want to warm your tortillas in the microwave for about a minute. This makes them easier to fold after they’ve been prepped. Or you can make Homemade Tortillas so they’re nice and fresh. Take the tortillas and fill each one with salsa, shredded chicken and cheese.

Customize – You can also add any additional ingredients that you like as well. My son loves buffalo sauce, so I’ll usually drizzle a little of that in a few of them as well.

Roll’em Up – Roll the tortilla up nice and tightly, secure with a toothpick, and set aside.

Fry ThemTo fry the taquitos, heat some oil in a skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Add about 3 chicken taquitos at a time (depending on what fits best in your pan) and cook until they’re golden brown on all sides. Remove and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess grease.

Serve – I like to serve these with all of my favorite taco toppings – sour cream, homemade salsa, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. These also make a great

a stack of freshly fried homemade Chicken Taquitos

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two crispy chicken taquitos on a plate topped with sour cream and a side of rice
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Chicken Taquitos Recipe

This easy chicken taquitos recipe has all the flavors of your favorite Mexican dish, all rolled up into one tasty, crispy tortilla roll!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Latin, Mexican
Keyword 30 minutes or less, floutas, fried
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 taquitos
Calories 300 kcal


  • 16 corn tortillas or 10 flour tortillas
  • 1 jar of salsa for inside your taquitos and to serve as a topping
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • vegetable oil
  • taco toppings: sour cream avocados, tomatoes, olives, lettuce etc.


  1. Warm the tortillas by placing the entire stack on a plate in the microwave and heating them for about a minute. (This just makes them easier to fold so they aren't as stiff.)
  2. Spread each tortilla with 1 tablespoon salsa, 2 tablespoons of chicken, and 2 tablespoons cheese. (Those are approximate measurements- if you want more of any ingredient, adjust to your liking!)
  3. Roll up the tortillas and secure with toothpicks.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add about 3 tortilla rolls at a time (depending on what fits best in your pan and cook until they're golden brown on all sides.

  6. Serve with your favorite taco toppings!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Taquitos Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 taquitos)
Calories 300
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a close up of two Homemade Chicken Taquitos made with this easy Recipe


This post originally published in January 2013. 

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