Taquitos with Spicy Chicken & Cheese

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These chicken taquitos are made of shredded spicy chicken and cheese all wrapped in a flour tortilla then oven baked until crispy. Serve with shredded lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo.

Oh how I love these chicken taquitos 😍

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Close up of a chicken taquito with a bite taken

Is there anything better than meat and cheese wrapped up in a tortilla? I’d say absolutely not! Whether it’s a chicken taco or beef enchiladas, it’s just the perfect combination. 

I’ve been obsessing over the idea of making taquitos for so long. They just look so yummy and the idea of that crispy outer tortillas with the soft and cheesy filling is pretty much an unbeatable combination. 

I love these served with plenty of super fresh sides to cut through the cheesy spiciness so I went with homemade pico de gallo (you could also buy ready made salsa), sour cream and some crisp shredded lettuce. 

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Close up of pico de gallo in a blue bowl with a spoon

Why we love these baked chicken taquitos…

They’re so easy to make which means they’re perfect for a weeknight especially when you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed

They can also be prepped ahead of time and popped in the oven just before serving which makes them even more amazing in my opinion

I love that they’re the perfect use for leftover chicken so grab those roast chicken leftovers and whip up a batch of these

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What ingredients do you need to make taquitos?

Tortilla Wraps: I use mini flour tortillas for these and they come out perfectly crispy but you could also use corn tortillas if you prefer and I gather that might be more traditionally Mexican (also known as flautas). I would definitely recommend using the little ones otherwise you’ll need to adjust the serving amount

Cooked Chicken: I love to use up leftover chicken in these but if you want to make them from scratch you need two breasts worth of chicken which you can roast or cook in the pressure cooker

Chipotle Paste: Adjust the quantity depending on how spicy you like it

Cheese: I go for a simple cheddar in these because it’s what we always keep on hand

Sides: I like these taquitos served with homemade pico de gallo (recipe included below), sour cream and shredded lettuce

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Chicken taquito being dipped in sour cream in a blue bowl

How to make taquitos?

Make pico de gallo: Toss all of the pico ingredients together then season well with salt and set aside until ready to serve.

Mix together the filling: Put the chicken and chipotle paste in a large bowl and mix well then place 3 tablespoonfuls at the bottom of each tortilla, add cheese then roll tightly and secure with a toothpick.

Bake: Place the rolled tortillas on a baking sheet, brush with oil and put in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes.

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Taquitos with Spicy Chicken & Cheese

These chicken taquitos are made of shredded spicy chicken and cheese all wrapped in a flour tortilla then oven baked until crispy. Serve with shredded lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 taquitos
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 2 Chicken Breasts cooked and shredded
  • 2 tbsp Chipotle Paste
  • 200 g Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 10 Small Tortillas
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Sour Cream to serve
  • Shredded Lettuce to serve

Pico de Gallo

  • 8 Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 Chilli chopped
  • 1/2 Onion chopped
  • Small bunch Coriander chopped
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat the oven to 220°C/425°F. To make the pico mix everything together in a bowl and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Mix the chicken with the chipotle paste. Add 3 tbsp to the bottom third of a tortilla, add a sprinkling of cheese then roll up tightly and secure with a cocktail stick. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Place the rolled taquitos on a lined baking sheet and brush with oil. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and crisp. Serve with toppings of choice.
Nutrition Facts
Taquitos with Spicy Chicken & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 422mg18%
Potassium 499mg14%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1110IU22%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 192mg19%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    30/07/2019 at 10:38 AM

    5 stars
    This will be my savior recipe for this week! I have leftover chicken and am tired of the same dishes. And I always have frozen tortillas. And cheese, who doesn’t have cheese, right? Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    30/07/2019 at 10:47 AM

    5 stars
    I just love taquitos! these look so delicious and you’ve made them easy to make. Can’t wait to try them!

  • Reply
    30/07/2019 at 11:13 AM

    5 stars
    Love taquitos and this dinner did not disappoint! The whole family gobbled it up!

  • Reply
    30/07/2019 at 11:56 AM

    This looks like a great simple dinner recipe – I might try with a shredded rotisserie chicken tonight!

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    30/07/2019 at 12:30 PM

    5 stars
    What a great way to use up last nights chicken leftovers. My family will love these baked chicken taquitos.

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