Friday, August 28, 2009

Basic Taquitos

24 corn tortillas
1.5 lbs. filling (see recipes below)
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray generously.

Warm tortillas on microwave (8 seconds per tortilla) or heat tortillas on an ungreased skillet or griddle pan til soft and pliable.

Lay tortilla on cooking sheet, put 2-3 T. worth of filling on one side of the tortilla, then roll tortilla up tightly. Repeat until all ingredients have been used.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or til tortillas are crisp and firm to the touch.
Serve with salsa, sour cream, and lettuce.

Yields - 24 taquitos (8 servings of 3 per person)

FILLING: Ground turkey/beef -

3/4 lb. ground turkey
1/2 C. salsa
1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 small onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients in a skillet, cook til veggies are soft and meat is fully cooked.

Filling: Shredded chicken -

2 chicken leg quarters or 1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 small red onion, chopped fine
1/4 medium bell pepper, any variety, finely diced
2 T. basil
1/4 C. parmesan
3 T. Italian dressing

Combine all ingredients in a skillet, cook 5-7 minutes, or until veggies are soft and meat is heated.

Filling: Beans -

16 oz. can refried beans, fat free
1/2 C. salsa
1 tsp. dry minced onion
1/4 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, heat in microwave 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted and beans are heated through. Stir to combine.

* Any fully cooked meat or veggie mix would make a good filling for this recipe. Some people use potato, others use diced steak, pork, etc. It's a great way to use leftovers and odds and ends that are left in your fridge. *

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