Beef Taquitos

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When I was little, in the days before widespread drive thru restaurants, there was a little taco stand in our town called Hi-Chic that served taquitos. I loved going there with my dad where he’d order me two taquitos and a side of their very cold, probably had been frozen, guacamole. It is a precious memory.

For the last few months, I’ve been experimenting with making my own taquitos at home. This past week, I think we found a winner. This is a great recipe because you can make a ton of beef taquitos, store them in the freezer, and then bake them up when you’re ready for a quick, easy, and delicious lunch or dinner.

Since I was bulk cooking enchiladas, shredded beef, and taquitos all at one time, it’s difficult to give you an exact amount on how much filling you’ll need. I can say that 7.5 pounds of chuck roast produced about 12 cups of shredded beef filling which I then stretched into 2 dozen enchiladas, 2 dozen taquitos, and 2 pounds of beef filling for sandwiches and tacos. My educated guess is that you’ll want at least 2 cups of beef filling for these taquitos. Having extra won’t hurt. Make more taquitos or freeze the extra beef for another meal.


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Beef Taquitos
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
While they may take a little advance preparation, homemade beef taquitos are an amazing meal! They taste so much fresher than what you buy at the taco stand and cost less, too!
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef taquitos, taquitos
Servings: 24
Calories: 53 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 dozen corn tortillas
  • oil for softening tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded beef filling
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  1. In medium skillet, heat oil until shimmering. Using tongs, fry tortillas in hot oil until softened. Drain on paper toweling. Combine shredded beef with green chiles and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Assemble taquitos by rolling about 1-2 Tablespoons of filling tightly into each tortilla. Secure with a toothpick and set on a tray.
  3. If freezing, flash freeze until firm, but not so firm that you can't remove the toothpick. If the toothpick gets stuck, that's fine, but you won't be able to store them as compactly in your freezer container. Once frozen, pack into freezer containers and store in the freezer.
  4. If baking right away, leave the toothpicks in, and pop into a preheated 475° oven. Bake for about 10-20 minutes, turning at least once.
  5. If baking from frozen, place taquitos seam side down on tray and bake at 475° for up to 25 minutes. Check for crispness.
  6. Remove toothpicks. Serve with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.
Recipe Notes

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1 taquito.

Nutrition Facts
Beef Taquitos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 53 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 14mg1%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Susan says

    This is going on next week’s meal plan – thanks!

  2. Nancy says

    My youngest daughter loves taquitos. She would always request them while we were shopping the frozen aisle. Very, very rarely did I buy them but she had a friend whose mother always had them in the freezer. Can you guess what the meal of choice was when she was at their house? Anyway, I eventually found a recipe I liked for homemade taquitos. Now that is the variety she prefers! Like you, I make a big batch and freeze them. They’re great for an easy lunch or a quick dinner when she’s on her own.

  3. Ever since you posted about your geezers cooking I’ve been dreaming of taquitos! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Haha, “geezers cooking” funny typo!!! Freezer cooking!!!

      • Jessica says

        well, I didn’t catch that one! That’s what you get for typing with a toddler on your lap.

  4. I don’t have a special taquito memory. Actually, they usually seem too bland to me. That’s why I love that you added green chilies to yours! I may have to try this out! Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Emily says

    I was just looking on your site for a taquito recipe the other day and was disappointed not to find one, so thanks for posting! can’t wait to try them! 🙂

  6. AllieZirkle says

    Yay! The taquito post I’ve been waiting for!!! We regularly have corn tortillas on hand that go to waste. I’m looking forward to trying this out. I always warmed the tortillas on the grill, but I never thought to fry them. Perfect!

  7. Oh, these are so cute! They are SO fattening in restaurants or in the frozen food aisle but these look SO much better! Thanks!

  8. Finally! Yeah. I’ve been waiting for your taquito recipe for a long time. I’m so glad you’ve finally perfected it. Thank you. I can’t wait till chuck roast goes on sale again and I can make some.

  9. Malisa says

    Hi Jessica,
    I was wondering how to prevent the corn tortillas from breaking apart? I followed your recipe for the crockpot shredded beef and then this recipe for the inside of the taquitos, when I started rolling the tortillas, they crumbled. I didn’t think I had to fry them…was this the problem? Thank you in advance for your help! I love both of your sites.

    • Jessica says

      Yes, you have to soften them in hot oil. Corn tortillas are very unforgiving.

    • Brad says

      You microwave them just like flour tortillas. Try a minute for a dozen.

  10. Kristen says

    hi there…love this recipe! just wondering what kind of oil you used to fry the corn torillas? thanks!

    • Jessica says

      I use whatever I have: peanut, olive, or canola.

  11. Kristen says

    ok, thanks! always like to use olive oil for health benefits, but haven’t ever fried in it.

  12. I made these for dinner last night & froze some too. They were a hit w/ all but a certain 7 yr old. Yummy!

  13. Kelly says

    Well, I didn’t follow your recipe, but I did follow the method! I used ground turkey seasoned with my taco seasoning inside. They turned out just crispy enough! They taste so much like the taquitos we got out of the freezer case as a kid, but I actually know what’s in them and can make them as healthy as I want! I’m going to try freezing them next time I make a batch!

    • Jessica says

      @Kelly, so glad you enjoyed them, even if your filling was different.

  14. Holly says

    Have you ever made these with chicken and flour tortillas? That’s our preference, and I’d love to make them homemade!

    • Jessica says

      @Holly, yes, you can do that. Just watch the baking time in case they brown more quickly than corn.

  15. Lisa Jennings says

    So much for the perfect “in memory” meal for our daughter who passed away unexpectedly 6 years ago 3 weeks before her due date. After how the rest of today has gone with one disaster after another I should have known dinner would turn out the same. Baking these from frozen was a complete fail. We have an oven thermometer so I know it was not the oven getting too hot.I checked at the 10 minute mark and several had unrolled. All of them were quite dark and the meat was not fully heated through in some. Going to salvage what we can and hubby is heating more at a lower temp. They too are coming unrolled even though they are seam side down.

    • Lisa, I’m so sorry they didn’t work out for you. Usually, I can’t get the toothpick out once frozen, so I often bake with the toothpicks in.

      More importantly, I’m sorry for your loss. I lost three babies. It’s very hard. I hope that the evening ends better after what sounds like a very hard day.

  16. Dennise says

    Has anyone microwaved these from frozen? Should I bake them first then freeze?
    I’ve been buying frozen ones for my son to heat and eat for snacks. I doubt he will want to wait the 25+min needed to heat oven and bake ?


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