Tex Mex Chicken Baked Taquitos

July 2, 2019

Tex Mex Chicken Baked Taquitos


Tex Mex Chicken Baked Taquitos

Tex Mex Chicken Baked Taquitos are a regular item on my meal plans when I’m making Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken.   Since it takes no extra time to make a double batch of the shredded chicken, I plan for Intentional Leftovers so I can make these Taquitos.   They make a great lunch,  snack or grab and go dinner on a night when everyone is running to different events, and they don’t TASTE like you’re having leftovers.   Honestly, I don’t generally serve the same dish two nights in a row, but I love taking leftovers from one dish, and turning them into something different.

The Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken is one of my most versatile recipes.  It makes delicious Chicken Taco’s on the first night, with Intentional leftovers being made into not only these Taquito’s, but also Quesadilla’s, or Quesaritto’s,  Chicken Taco bowls for lunches,  Chicken Taco Salads, and Tex Mex Chicken Wraps for a tasty lunch.

A stack of baked taquitos filled with chicken and cream cheese, piled on a wooden cutting board with a side dish of salsa


Are Taquitos’s freezable?

These Tex Mex Chicken Baked Taquitos freeze and reheat really well in the oven.   I roll them quite thin, so that they don’t take to long to reheat.   Once you have reheated them from frozen, if you happen to have leftovers, you can just pop them in the microwave for  45 seconds or so, and they are good to go.   These make GREAT car food !!  I know this from personal experience.

Make Taquito’s a Meal;

Now I know I said these make an excellent snack, but you can also turn them into a great lunch or dinner.   My Simple Salsa Ranch dip is something I keep on hand in the fridge, so that’s easy.   If I have Avocado’s that are ripe rather than rock hard or rotten, I love to make fresh Guacamole.    To round out the meal,  I either make Tomato Rice with Black Beans and Corn, or a  Tex Mex loaded salad.    That’s it.  Dinner is done!

Tex Mex Chicken Baked Taquitos

Tex Mex seasoned chicken, cream cheese and sharp cheddar rolled in a flour tortilla and baked until crisp. Prepaheadable these are excellent to have on hand for after school snacks, or a light and fuss free dinner.
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Course: Meal Prep
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Keyword: Taquitos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 18 pieces


  • 8 oz cream cheese whipped or softened
  • 3 cups Mexican shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese grated
  • 18 small flour tortillas

Dipping Sauce:


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
  • In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, shredded chicken and grated cheese and stir until well combined.
  • Place 1/4 cup chicken and cheese mixture slightly off center on each tortilla. Roll tightly and place on prepared cookie sheet seam side down. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown. Serve with dipping sauce.

To make the dipping sauce:

  • In a small bowl combine ranch dressing, salsa and taco seasoning. Dipping sauce can be made ahead and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


To freeze: Place Taquitos in a single layer  on a parchment lined cookie sheet then place cookie sheet in freezer.  When taquitos are frozen place them in a freezer safe bag.  Don't forget to label with the date and cooking instructions.    To reheat:   Place on a non stick cookie sheet, spray the taquitos with cooking spray or olive oil and bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  The taquitos are ready when the tortillas are crisp and the filling is piping hot. 


Recipes to make with Baked Chicken Taquitos


Fresh Guacamole


Salsa Ranch Dip


Tomato Rice

with Black Beans & Corn


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