Another Mexican recipe???
(A big thanks to HERDEZ® for inspiring me to cook with their delicious salsa!)
Okay, folks, brace yourselves because I have so many Mexican recipes coming up! I’ll try to get a few Mother’s Day ones too, but my heart right now is 100% Mexicano! ??
I guess y’all already know I’m super excited for Cinco de Mayo! But today’s post is actually in honor of Dia del Niño, which is celebrated on April 30.
I do not have any kids yet, but I consider myself a child at heart, so it is totally acceptable to celebrate Children’s Days, right? In fact, just until recently, I always made my parents give me something for Brazilian Children’s Day (Dia das Crianças, in Portuguese). My argument was always: there’s a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day, but no Daughter’s/Son’s Day. So they had to oblige and buy me gifts! (Yes, I am perfectly aware that I am somewhat a tiny bit spoiled. I like to think of it more like “well taken care of”, thank you very much! ?)
And then I moved to the States and now not only I don’t get Children’s Day gifts anymore, but I barely get anything for my birthday (except from my lovely husband, of course!). So I got into the habit of gifting MYSELF!
So to celebrate Dia del Niño, I made what I think is the most child (and Olivia) friendly Mexican food: chicken taquitos, or chicken flautas like they call in Mexico.
And they were SO GOOD!
Not only the chicken taquitos are so delicious that they will have your kids licking their fingers, they are also a fun activity to do as a family. The recipe also gets way easier if you have little helpers to aid you roll the taquitos.
Oh, who am I kidding? I’m not gonna lie, I’m am too much of a perfectionist to let kids – or my husband, for that matter – roll my taquitos.
They can eat it later! ?
Although rolling the taquitos can be a little time consuming, this recipe is not hard at all!
Not to mention, these chicken taquitos are the perfect excuse to use that leftover chicken that has been sitting on your fridge. Or, if you don’t happen to have any leftover chicken, a quick trip to the grocery store to buy a rotisserie chicken and you’re all set!
But the difference between these chicken taquitos and plain old boring chicken taquitos? A whole jar of HERDEZ® Salsa Casera!
It really doesn’t get any easier than opening a jar, folks! True, I added sautéed onions and garlic to the recipe, because a basic soffrito is always a must for me.
As for the cream cheese, although I’m saying it is optional in the instructions below, the truth is that they take this taquito up to a whole new level. Like to a creamy heaven kinda level!
So yeah, I guess the cream cheese is not really optional if you’re looking to making the BEST chicken taquitos ever!
And why wouldn’t you, right? Life is short and it’s all about the good food we eat! Okay, maybe it’s about some other important things too, like family and friends! And because HERDEZ® knows that, they are giving away cooking classes for 2, so you can take the kiddos! Oh, and some pretty amazing cash too (as in $1000 for the Grand Prize and $300 for the second place! I WANNA!!!). Just click HERE to enter and good luck!
I hope you guys enjoy the taquitos. If my obsession with them is any indication, I think you are going to LOVE IT!
Oh, and you guys? These are FREEZER FRIENDLY! Meaning, crunchy delicious taquitos any time you want! ?
- 2 pounds chicken breast, cooked and shredded
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 jar (16 ounces) HERDEZ® Salsa Casera, plus more for serving
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese (optional)
- 30 (6-inch) corn tortillas
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Sour cream for serving (optional)
- In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, salsa, dried oregano and chili powder and mix to combine. Stir in the cream cheese, if using, and combine well. Reserve.
- Heat the vegetable oil - enough for a shallow fry - in a separate frying pan. Working with 2 at a time, flash fry tortillas for 2-3 seconds per side until just soft; remove from oil and place on a paper towel covered plate.
- Place 2 tablespoons of the filling in a vertical line down the center of each softened tortilla, and roll up tightly.
- With the seam side down, fry the taquitos in batches of six for 2-3 minutes per side, until deep golden and crispy. The frying process should shut them close, but if you are having difficulty, just use toothpicks to secure the taquitos.
- Place finished taquitos on a paper towel-lined tray and keep them hot until ready to serve.
- Serve with some more salsa and/or sour cream.