Baked Chicken & Roasted Red Pepper Taquitos



I don’t know if I ever mentioned that my most recent job was at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (don’t ask me why they decided to make their name so much longer and more annoying to say). After working at restaurants for so long, this job was so slow some days that I would read the cooking magazines at the register and write down recipe ideas; my boss probably wouldn’t have been too stoked, but what can you do!? I am getting off topic though, being a cashier is pretty cool as a foodie for one reason- seeing what everybody is buying and spending all day thinking what you want to make for dinner that night. The other day at work, a lady bought taquitos and reminded me how much I loved them, and how long it had been since I had had them!

I went home that night on a mission to make my own, healthier, taquitos. I added roasted red peppers and green onions to give them some extra flavor. I also baked them, instead of frying them, which makes these tasty things much healthier. I would highly recommend making your own taquitos so that you can add your own twist like I did, it is much more rewarding! I also need to warn you that this recipe makes pretty big taquitos, three were plenty for me and I usually eat like ten!

Baked Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Taquitos

Yields 12 Taquitos

  • 3 chicken breasts (cooked & shredded)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 6 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 roasted red pepper (peeled & diced)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or Mexican blend)
  • 12 flour taco tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Heat a large skillet to medium heat add the chicken and season with the cumin, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.
  2. Once the chicken is evenly coated in seasonings, add the chicken broth and green onions. Cook until the chicken broth is fully cooked off (about 5 minutes) then mix in the roasted red peppers.
  3. Heat the tortillas in a paper towel in the microwave until soft (about 15 seconds).
  4. Fill each tortilla with 2 tbsp cheese and about 1/4 cup of chicken mixture, roll up and place fold-side down on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake the taquitos at 425F until golden (about 15 minutes), flipping after 10 minutes.
  6. Serve with guacamole and salsa.

Nutrition data (3 taquitos): Calories- 480 Fat- 20.8g Carbs- 36g Fiber- 4g Protein- 37g

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42 Responses to Baked Chicken & Roasted Red Pepper Taquitos

  1. Adora's Box says:

    Fun, quick and delicious food. That’s what we all like. Good job!

  2. Tiffany says:

    Thank you so much for posting this baked taquitos recipe! Mexican food and taquitos in particular are weakness for me, as I am trying to lose a few, this makes it a little less damaging!

  3. Christine says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved award!

  4. Kelly says:

    These look INCREDIBLE!! These will definitely be on our menu this week! :)

  5. What a great idea! These look so good, I wish I saw this before going grocery shopping today! I’ll have to put them on the menu for next week. :)

  6. Yum! Those looks delicious. My husband loves taquitos and I would love to make him some healthier ones so I’m going to save this recipe to try :) Thank you!

  7. These sound incredible. I love the flavor of roasted red peppers. Your photos look so good and I can’t wait to try these.

  8. Thanks for sharing this! Youre my hero – Ive been looking for a great taquito recipe : j

  9. Dee Dee's Delights says:

    This sound great, I am hosting a linky party called Sunday Buffet, Your welcome to add these to the Buffet line! http://deedeesdelights.blogspot.com/p/sunday-buffet.html

  10. These taquitos look delicious! I’ve never tried making these, but my hubby would love them. Thanks for sharing!

  11. These look so yummy. I love taquitos and homemade ones are the best! Can’t wait to try these- maybe with some low carb tortillas. (Not sure if those bake well?)

  12. kita says:

    What pretty little taquitos. I’ve never made them myself but these look like they are too good to resist!

  13. Taquito is new to me – a ‘must try’ meal by the sounds of it. I gather from your post that they are normally fried but I like the lower cal sound of baked.

  14. I’ve never made taquitos before. These seem like a good place to start!

  15. Gwen says:

    Uh-Oh, that sounds like a dangerous job for a foodie! ;) My very first job was a checker at Alberton’s in Boise. ;) Very fun memories, after closing time we would have egg fights in the back storage area. ;) Also, free food {when your friends with the bakery girl and produce guy} haahaaa!
    I love taquitos but havn’t had them in forever in an effort to shed calories. These look fabulous! Thanks!

  16. Gwenevere says:

    There is always room for another Mexican dish on my menu. I think my kids will go for the smaller tacquito version to the larger burrito or enchilada varieties.

  17. These look incredible! I love taquitos but have never tried making them at home. I am bookmarking this one…I can’t wait to give them a try! :)

  18. These look delicious. What a great makeover. I especially like the roasted red peppers in it.

  19. Jennifurla says:

    Saw you over on tastespotting, LOVE THIS!

  20. Anna says:

    This surely deserves an award. Healthy and tasty. My family loved it!

  21. blogbytina! says:

    nice! I love a taquito. Here in san diego they are called “rolled tacos” and if you say taquito people act like they have never heard of such a thing! I learned this the hard way. oh and pico is “salsa Fresca” I still have so much to learn

  22. Rachel B. says:

    Made these tonight after looking for a great, summery, light dinner- these will definitely be made again in our home! Thank you for what is quite possibly the best taquito recipe out there!

  23. cherrey says:

    I’m definitely gonna try this.. So easy to prepare! Thanks!

  24. Sasha says:

    These taquitos are such a great idea. I love how you healthified them ; )

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  26. Abi says:

    These are sooo yummy! our new favorite for Mexican night. :) Thanks for sharing your great recipe! My kids give it 2 thumbs up.

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  28. Rachel says:

    I made these tonight and I thought they were ok. My husband really liked them, so I’m definitely keeping the recipe so I can tweak it to my taste. I found them slightly bland, but when I added refried black beans and homemade salsa they were really, really tasty. I never would have thought to put green onions and roasted reds in a taquito, so I totally appreciate you sharing this recipe. Anything that gets my husband to eat more veggies is good with me!

  29. Beth says:

    I made these last night for my bunko group, and they were a huge hit! Thanks for the recipe!

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  31. Michelle says:

    So good! my kids loved them. I didn’t have roasted red peppers so used diced green chilies instead. Was delicious, thanks for sharing.

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  33. Kristina says:

    Delicious and flavorful filling, but a bit too spicy and I only used 1/2 tsp of the cayenne. A big hit with the family, including my 5 year old, but next time will only use about 1/4 tsp of cayenne. Will definitely be on our Mexican rotation!

  34. Michele says:

    I made these last week and they were great! I did change them up a bit. I posted my version today. Check them out.
    http://sweetluvininthekitchen.blogspot.com/2012/05/baked-chicken-and-roasted-red-pepper.html

  35. Andrea says:

    I added green chili’s to the chicken, and it was perfect. My husband raved about them, and he is a tough critic. :)

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