I first heard of taquitos as a kid. The word was seemingly repeated endlessly in Taco Bell commercials and since my brother and I spent a good deal of our time with our eyes glued to the television, taquitos became ingrained in my brain. And although I may have loved saying the word (mimicking the announcer in the commercial), I honestly had no idea what taquitos actually were until years later.
Traditionally, taquitos are tortillas rolled up around a filling of beef, chicken and/or cheese and then deep-fried until crispy. You can get them at Mexican restaurants or in the freezer section of the supermarket, but making them yourself is incredibly easy (and relatively inexpensive).
My version, Vegetarian Baked Taquitos, are kid-friendly and much healthier then their deep-fried cousins. By baking the taquitos instead of frying them, the tortillas still turn out incredibly toasty and crunchy and the black bean/corn/mixed cheese filling still gets melty and gooey, but you lose all the grease. You can freeze the taquitos before you bake them so you always have some on hand for a quick lunch or dinner, and you can easily quadruple the recipe if you are cooking for a crowd.
Vegetarian Baked Taquitos (12)
- 1/2 cup cooked black beans
- 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, defrosted
- 1 cup shredded mexican blend cheese
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 12 corn tortillas
1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Place the beans, corn, cheese, cumin, garlic powder, and salt in a bowl and stir to combine.
3. Place two corn tortillas at a time in between two sheets of damp paper towel and microwave for 20-30 seconds to loosen (this will prevent the tortillas from cracking when they are rolled).
4. With one tortilla in front of you place 2 tablespoons of the mixture on the side closest to you and roll it up.*
5. Place the taquitos seam-side down on a foil-lined cookie sheet, spray the tops lightly with cooking oil and bake for 25 minutes.
* If needed, use a toothpick to hold TAQUITO secure and remove it after baking.