01 October 2010

This is a Rachael Ray recipe that I tried last night. Her recipe also includes a pork chipotle burrito, and I made those as well, but for a separate dinner. The bean dipping sauce wasn't a part of Rachael's recipe; that's something I came up with myself.

Chicken Taquitos with Bean Dipping Sauce

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp dried oregano
½ cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A few leaves fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Vegetable or canola oil
12 (6”) corn tortillas
1 can refried beans
½ cup chicken stock
½ cup salsa
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
¼ cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 425°.

Pour about 1” of oil in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. Season the chicken with cumin, oregano, salt and pepper and mix in the cheese and cilantro. Briefly dip the tortillas in warm oil to soften. Tightly roll a couple of forkfuls of chicken up in the tortillas. Place seam side down and bake 12 minutes.

Place all remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally. (You can also place ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave.) Serve with taquitos.

Makes 4 servings.

I had never made taquitos before. In fact, I'm not sure I had ever eaten them. Jim likes the frozen kind you buy at the store, but I had never had them. I assumed that traditional ones were made by deep frying and I have no desire to deep fry anything. Then I saw Rachael make these on 30 Minute Meals. I'm not sure they are any healthier than if they were deep fried, since they are still dipped in oil, but oh well. The only thing I didn't like about this recipe is that the hot oil burned my fingers as I was trying to roll them up. I think I had the oil a little hotter than it was supposed to be. It is supposed to be warm, not hot. The tortillas shouldn't start to fry in the oil. It's just to soften them up so you can roll them, and then to make them crispy in the oven.

These were a hit in our house. Lena loved them too, but to be fair, she loves anything she can dip with.

It would be really easy to change up the filling in the taquitos. Ground beef, shredded taco beef; anything would be good inside there.

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