Beef Taquitos: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

Beef Taquitos

My family has always loved Mexican food of all kinds.  Our two years in Arizona only reinforced that love affair.  Now that we are in Florida, there aren’t Mexican restaurants on every other corner. When I  find myself craving South-of-the Border flavors, I have to head to my kitchen.  Luckily, there are still good Latin sections in the grocery stores in this area.

Beef Taquitos
I found a recipe for Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos on The Kitchen Witch’s blog.  The only problem I had on the day that I decided to make them was the fact that I had thawed hamburger instead!  So, with a bit of tweaking, I came up with a beef filling instead.  My kids had a friend over who joined us for dinner that night.  He went home and told his mom that she had to get the recipe from me….so I think it was a success.  I loved the fact that these babies are nice and crunchy without frying.  A little olive oil on the baking sheet and a squirt of cooking spray on top was enough to form a lovely crunch.
Beef Taquitos

 

Beef Taquitos: Your Recipe, My Kitchen
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, minced fine
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp bulk taco mix (if you only have the envelopes, save the rest for another dish)
  • 5 ounces cream cheese (because that's how much I had...I might increase it to 8 oz next time)
  • 1 cup salsa (I used a lime and garlic variety)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 flour tortillas (I used burrito size)
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef with the onion and spices.
  2. Drain off any fat, turn off the heat and put the cream cheese in the pan to soften.
  3. After about 5 minutes, you should be able to stir it all in.
  4. Add the salsa and cheese, too.
  5. Divide the filling equally amongst the 8 tortillas, roll up and place on an oiled baking sheet.
  6. Brush the tops of the taquitos with more oil or spray them with cooking spray.
  7. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20 minutes (start watching them at 15 minutes if your oven cooks hot).
  8. My kids enjoyed these dipped in Ranch dressing.

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