My friend Luisa, who taught me how to make Sopa De Tortilla recently, also taught me how to make Taquitos. Taquitos are a Mexican dish made of rolled-up tortillas with a filling. The filled tortilla is fried and served with a variety of toppings. Luisa demonstrated the dish with store-bought rotisserie chicken but these little crunchy rolls can be easily made vegetarian by using beans and cheese or any other vegetable of your (or your kids’) liking. A side of rice and beans will complete this meal. I am thinking these are a good vehicle for any kind of leftovers – I may try them with leftover curry one day! :) Could work for school lunches and this will be a tasty addition to your birthday party buffet.
I am looking forward to my next lesson in Mexican home-cooking with Luisa.
Serves 2 adults and 2 kids
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed (leftovers or store bought rotisserie)
10 small corn tortillas
Vegetable oil for shallow frying taquitos
1 cup salsa (store bought or home-made, red or green)
1 diced avocado
Sour cream or yogurt
Feta or queso fresco
- Place 1-2 tbsp of shredded chicken at the center of tortilla and roll up like a cigar
- Secure the roll with a toothpick and place the taquito in the heated oil (use a large frying pan or fry in batches)
- Fry on all sides till golden brown and crispy
- Garnish with toppings of choice (kids will enjoy this!)
If you make the taquitos ahead of time you can re-heat them in the oven and add the garnishes right before serving.