Easy Chicken Taquitos

February 19, 2014

I have to be up front with you, but you can’t laugh or judge… Cream cheese mixed with chicken does not scream Mexican cuisine to me. In fact, I was super hesitant to try this recipe at all just because of that one odd ingredient. Luckily my husband was insistent and we decided to test out these easy chicken taquitos.

chicken taquitos

I got to work rounding up all of the filling ingredients. It’s mostly things you’d assume go into  a taquito like chicken, cheese, and salsa. Add in a few spices and you are ready to get mixing!

chicken taquito ingredients

Just a little tip: My favorite way to shred my chicken (and mix up the filling) is to toss it straight into the bowl of my kitchen aid and use the paddle attachment.

chicken taquito filling

Once you’ve got that together it’s time to assemble. I like to use the smallish tortillas and spoon 3 heaping tablespoons of filling onto the lower third. Use the back of your measuring spoon, or a knife, to spread the filling from end to end.

chicken taquito assembly

Now roll up as tightly as you can get them without your tortillas breaking. It helps if you slightly warm your tortillas in the microwave or have them at room temperature.

chicken taquito roll

Next you place them all on a lined cookie sheet, spritz with a little cooking spray, sprinkle with salt, and bake. Or freeze if you aren’t quite ready for eating. We like to keep these on hand for busy days (or are those considered lazy days??) when I just don’t have the time (or motivation) to get into the kitchen. Pop one into the oven and you’ve got a warm meal in as little as 10 minutes!

chicken taquito easy recipe


Easy Chicken Taquitos

Serving Size: 0


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup green salsa
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • small flour or corn tortillas
  • salt
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment. Set them aside for later.
  2. Mix together the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, green onions, chicken, and cheese.
  3. Place one tortilla on a work surface. Spoon 3 tablespoons of your filling onto the lower third of your tortilla. Roll tightly and place onto your prepared sheets. Continue until the rest of your mixture is used. Spray your taquitos with non-stick spray and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake your taquitos for 15 minutes and enjoy!
  5. TO FREEZE: Follow the recipe through spraying with non-stick spray and sprinkling with salt. Place the taquitos in the freezer for twenty minutes. Once flash frozen you can stick them into a big Ziploc and keep on hand for later. When you are ready to eat just stick them into the preheated oven and follow the directions above.


recipe adapted from Seeded at the Table




Comments (18)

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 7:39 am

    These look delicious!!! I’ve got some similar to these on schedule for a post coming up in a couple of weeks! Now I gotta try yours!

  • Britney @ The Princess & Her Cowboys Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing them!

  • Aimee @like mother like daughter Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Mmm these look delicious! I haven’t tried freezing them when I’ve made taquitos, but I don’t know why not. That’s a great idea! I need to make some of these and freeze them up for when baby comes!

  • Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I love taquitos! If my kids would eat them, I would make a bunch of these & freeze them for quick lunches!

    • Jesseca Reply

      February 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Freezer meals save my life! Especially on super busy days.

  • Bella Vida Letty Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I don’t know why I never thought of mixing all the ingredients together before hand instead of building them individually. Thanks for the idea.

  • Ashley S Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Oh I think I may need to make these for dinner one night!!

  • Joie Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    My boys would love this. It looks easy too so I could get them to help me make them! Boy Scout Cooking Badge Check lol.

    • Jesseca Reply

      February 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Great idea! It’s always nice to have little helpers in the kitchen!

  • Crystal Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    These look so easy to make and yummy too! I think this would make for a great lunch idea.

    • Jesseca Reply

      February 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      We love to pull them out of the freezer for lunches.

  • Carin Kilby Clark Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    OMG I love chicken taquitos! I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.:-)

  • Jennifer Saarinen Reply

    February 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    These look delicious. We love Mexican food. The kids would love this recipe for sure!

  • Holly C. Reply

    February 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    We love taquitos at our house! Next time I make them, I’ll try this version.

  • Leanne Reply

    February 21, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I love taquitos! I had the best ones ever when I lived in California. I need to find a way to make them gluten free.

  • Jonie Reply

    February 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    My family could live on taquitos for lunch everyday. seriously. I need to try this recipe. It looks and sounds delicious.

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