Taquitos Recipe

Homemade Taquitos Recipe
Never dry, always crunchy, with a touch of salt.
Seriously better than any taquitos you’ll order at a restaurant.
Mmmmm, Mmmmm good.
Since as far back as I can remember, this has been one of my all-time favorite comfort meals. When my Momma makes her yummy taquitos, I turn into a teenage boy–as in I eat about a dozen. It’s not pretty, but it sure feels good.
My grandma {Dad’s Mom} taught my Mom how to make these way back when my parents were newly weds. 
Vegetable Oil
Canned Roast Beef
Corn Tortillas
First, open the roast beef and break apart the clumps with a fork until their are no large pieces.
Next, microwave about 10 tortillas at a time until soft enough to roll without breaking. Be sure to wrap them in paper towels or cover them with paper plates before you microwave so they don’t get rubbery.
Spread a heaping tablespoon worth of meat onto the edge of a tortilla.
Tightly roll up the tortilla and place in a cookie sheet seam side down.
Continue this step will all your tortillas {make a lot, trust me}.
Once all the taquitos are prepped, you are ready to start frying them.
Pour enough vegetable oil in the pan to cover the bottom.
Turn the burner onto medium/high heat and wait for the oil to get hot.


Use tongs to place the taquitos seam side down in the pan.
Taquitos should take approximately 5 minutes to brown on one side (takes longer for a larger pan). Once brown on one side, flip with the tongs.
Sprinkle salt to taste while they finish cooking.
Remove the taquitos from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess grease. And of course, top with cheese.

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  1. Those look so delicious! I will definitely try these. Thanks for sharing. :) Now I need a midnight snack.

  2. Yum-these are so easy too. I always get nervous when frying things (bacon grease in the eye a few years ago) but I might buck up the courage to try these…

  3. Maeve Rachel says:

    I would love to try a veggie version of these! They look like they would be yummy =)

  4. Mrs. G.I. Joe says:

    Those look so yummy!

  5. jamie @ kreyv says:

    Yum! I was hoping you would post some of your Mexican food recipes! Thanks!

  6. Casey Martinez says:

    I am SOOO making these!! Mexican food is our fave…next to sushi of course;0. YUM!!

  7. These are EXACTLY like how I was taught to make taquitos too!!!

    Do you make your own guac too? Now I want to make some for dinner dangit.

  8. kristy.lynn @ kristy.makes says:

    :( HELP! i love reading your blog… but in the last month or so, your words started disappearing as i scroll down to read. :( have you had anyone else complain about this? i've tried from both mine & my husbands pc. i'd really like to make your taquitos.. BUT i can't read your blog :( HELP!

  9. [email protected] says:

    @kristy.lynn: The words also disappear when I scroll down. I thought it was just my computer. Also, these look delicious. I'm going to try them with Morningstar crumbles. Can't wait!

  10. Wilson Family says:

    YUM!!!! Those look absolutely amazing. I never thought about buying shredded beef like that before. Love the idea.

  11. It's only 9am here and I am drooling. These look amazing. I can't wait to make taquitos…if I can make it past lunch first.

    Love the comment about turning into a teenage boy…Mexican food usually has that effect on me as well!! haha

  12. Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs says:

    MMM those look yummy!! Im gonna have to try these for sure!!

  13. my mouth is watering.

  14. The Balch Bunch says:

    can i tell you how much i love taquitos… any kind? now i need to try this for sure!! thanks for sharing girl!

  15. These look awesome! I'm in the process of making easy food for my daughter's babysitter to make for lunches this summer and I'll definitely be putting this one on the menu!
    I really love Chix, does anyone have suggestions for what to use to make chicken taquitos?

    • If you have a Costco nearby, you can ask them for their shredded rotisserie chicken breasts. They don’t put it out front very often but keep it in the back. It is the same chicken they use for their potpies and chicken noodle soup. I love buying it that way since my family likes the chicken breast meat and it is much easier since it is already shredded. (Makes the best chicken enchiladas)

  16. The Miller Five says:

    I love taquitos!! Thank you for sharing your recipe. Even my two year old will eat these. :)

  17. Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    I am so sorry about the vanishing words for a lot of you. I have no idea why this happens but I am trying to get answers. The good news, I will be switched over to WordPress very soon, and then we shouldn't have any more problems.

    thanks for letting me know girls :)
    does anyone have answers to why this happens?


  18. YUM! I'm so making these!

  19. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    I LOVE taquitos!!! Definitely putting this on my recipes to try!!!

  20. Blooming Mommy says:

    Yummers!!! Ill have to try them on my boys! Muah!

  21. Thanks for posting this; I am always looking for quick & easy dinner ideas… this is a dinner item, right? Not just a snack? My family will eat the beef, but I am a vegetarian- does anyone know of a substitute filling (besides soy meat)? Like chopped roasted veggies (if so, please post your recipe and how-to).

    I was wondering if your beans are from a recipe, or from a can? They "look" better than your typical can of beans…

    Also, just wanted to chime in that I am another reader whose words disappear as I scroll down- thought it was just me!

  22. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    They do look good!!!

  23. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    They do look good!!!

  24. Jen Staffeldt says:

    MMMMMMM, mmmmm! Hey Ashley- do you have an AMAZING recipe for refried beans??? If so, PLEASE share.

    I've been trying to make them homemade for a while but they never taste like the ones I get from my favorite mexican restaurant.


    • Pinto Beans in the can
      Lard is best, shortening works well also

      Drain beans reserving liquid. I use a colander on top of another bowl. Heat lard/shortening in large, preferrbly heavy bottom skillet on medium. To keep them from splattering, add the beans slowly. Allow to fry in oil, about a minute or so. Using a hand held potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon, begin to mash beans. Continue mashing until all beans are mashed. Stir in some of the reserved bean liquid, cook on medium low stirring until desired consistency adding more of the bean liquid, if needed. I use most of it, if not all.
      If the rest of your meal isn’t quite ready to serve, you can keep these on a low flame, adding more of the bean liquid if needed. Add your choice of seasonings to taste, these all work well: garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Top with cheese if desired. I didn’t mention any measurements because that would be your preference. However, when it comes to the lard/shortening, depending on skillet size, a 1/4 inch melted, should be sufficient. If not you can add more. Remember, you can always add more of something, but you can’t always take away. Enjoy!

  25. Wow! Think I'll try this with taco meat.

  26. YUM! Those look so good, I love Mexican food.

    I'd love the recipe for those beans now too! :)

  27. Those look delicious and will be on my dinner menu within the next few days! I like the tip on heating the tortillas, I hate using them bc they break so easily.
    Randi – you can buy canned chicken (i get mine at Sams) that would work exactly like this, oh and it's better if you brown it up a bit in a pan instead of using it straight from the can.

  28. Lindsay says:

    looks so good! i'll have to try.

  29. Kelly H says:

    These sound excellent! I'm always looking for more mexican recipes. My hubby and I love it, but I usually just stick with tacos. I can definitely make these.
    Thanks!! :)

  30. Yoshi Blade says:

    Thanks for this homemade taquitos recipe. They sound (and look) wonderful.

  31. Sarah E. says:

    Yummy! Definitely saving this one :)

    I added it to my Sunday Social (favorites of the week) list that I post on my food blog!

    Can't wait to try it!

  32. Stephanie says:

    Oh my gosh-I LOVE taquitos!! I would have made this recipe SO much more difficult than needed…canned roast beef! Of course!!

    These are SO on the menu for next week!!! Now…I need a salsa recipe to rival my favorite taco shop….maybe I should search your blog or Pioneer Woman : ) Can't wait to make me about 50 of these…yeah…I get the teenage boy thing going around things like this too! <3

  33. Zsa Zsa says:

    Absolutely tempting, Ashley. Must have some! Seriously, I can't remember the last time I had these…thanks for sharing your recipe. You make everything look so easy! :)

  34. rgronda says:

    I have to make these. YUM Thanks

  35. Catherine Anne says:

    Fun space

  36. This looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to make these for my husband. They're his favorite!

  37. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…those look great, and simple, too!

  38. I'm a sucker for anything that tastes yummy and is EASY, and those look divine! I'm seriously so hungry now!

  39. Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess says:

    I had no idea you could buy canned roast beef! I hate thawing and cooking meat…because I'm lazy! BUT I could totally do this! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Allison {Live Love Small} says:

    i have always wanted to make taquitos. thanks for sharing!

  41. Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE says:

    Yum! I love taquitos. I make chicken taquitos filled with chicken, salsa, cream cheese, grated cheese, and corn. I do mine on a pampered chef stone in the oven, spritzed with cooking oil spray (like Pam)… a little lighter than frying, but still crispy and tasty!
    taquitos and fajitas and quesadillas are my favourite foods. Yummmmmmmm.

  42. I LOVE these. They are so good. I love your blog. I am so new to all this blogging stuff :) lol

  43. c_muffincakes says:

    hahahaha! I tried to make these and must have used too much oil b/c it caught on fire! We got really lucky that it didn't catch anything else on fire. There was a lot of smoke damage but it could have been much worse. hahaha

  44. YUM! I totally learned something new – roast beef in a can??? Will definitely be making these in the near future. :)

  45. Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea says:

    These look yummy but that canned meat looks….scary. Is it really good?

  46. Jenny @ www.alongthelei.blogspot.com says:

    Mrs. Ashley!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes!! I'm in such a mood to make these now…mmm taquitos on the patio with a yummy drink and the occasional cool breeze in the summer heat!

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  48. I am going to try these for sure. We love Mexican in our family.

  49. as described

  50. Where can I find this beef in a can?

  51. Darlene says:

    I also make these with shredded chicken. You can boil a whole chicken, just chicken breasts, breasts/ thighs together, or also just buy a whole rotisserie chicken and shred either yourself depending on time and/or money available. They are so good with sour cream and guacamole!! Saw an earlier post about trying with veges & wonder how that would be & what type of veges would be best…might be good. Would like to know if anyone tries that!

  52. nom nom nom. thank yoU!

  53. Um, I seriously love taquitos. SO trying this.

  54. Wendy Orme says:

    Sounds deliciously simple!

  55. I will totally be making these soon. Plus I got a coupon for corn tortillas from PrintableCouponsandDeals.com

  56. Natalie says:

    Could I make these ahead of time and then freeze them?

  57. This sounds pretty good. However, I can’t find canned roast beef at the store.

  58. I’d always been afraid to make these at home, but figured they had to be easy 😉 I made them with chicken for my SO, but would love to do a veggie version for myself.

    I overcooked mine :( Turned out too crispy, and I had a hard time rolling them tight, even with warming the tortillas. All ‘user error’ – ha ha – I am sure I’ll do better with practice. Still MUCH tastier and less expensive than store bought alternatives.

    Great recipe/tutorial!

  59. Can you freeze them?

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