Monday, April 2, 2012

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Food that can be homemade and frozen are amazing. I never really like store-bought taquitos, but these are pretty tasty, and I know everything that is in them. These are one of those foods that are easy to throw together, freeze, and pull out another day for deliciousness. If you are a fan of those dry freezer taquitos, please try these from A Homemade Kitchen. They are worth your time to make them.

Time: 20 minutes to prep, 20 to bake
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup salsa
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 finely minced garlic clove
3 Tbsp chopped cilantro (I never have this, but have been told parsley can substitute. I just sprinkle some in)
1 small roasted red bell pepper, finely chopped
1-2 green onions, sliced
2 cups cooked shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken last time..worked great!)
1 cup shredded cheese (I used colby-jack but use what you want)
10-12 6 inch flour or corn tortillas (I prefer flour)
cooking spray

If you roast your own bell pepper, start this first. If you don't know how, here is a quick rundown. Cut the pepper in half and remove seeds and whatnot. Stick it cut side down in an oven under the broiler. Leave it in there until the skin starts turning black and blistering. Take it out and immediately put the pepper in a plastic baggie and seal it. Once the pepper has cooled down, take it out and peel the skin off. Continue with everything else.

Your pepper should look something like this when you take it out of the oven.
Mix everything except the last three ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Really...that's all you do..

First 10 ingredients...

+ cheese and chicken..
Warm the tortillas slightly in the microwave. I suggest putting a few between two paper towels and nuking them for about 10-15 seconds or until they are soft. Spoon your nummy mixture into the middle of the tortillas.

Roll them up!

If you are going to bake them now, put them on foil or parchment paper, spray the tops with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 425 until they are crispy and lightly golden. the cooking spray is to help them crisp up. If you prefer other oils, go for it. My brother is a fan of bacon grease. If you have some, go for it. Sadly I did not take a picture of the baked time...

If you are not going to cook them yet, roll them up and put them on a baking sheet and pop them in the freezer until they are solid. Transfer them to a plastic bag and you are good to go! When you are craving one, put them on a sheet, spray and sprinkle and bake! They might need a bit more time to bake but they are still delish!

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