When I worked as a nanny, it seemed no matter what family I worked for, every household had a steady supply of those frozen taquitos you can buy at Costco. You know, those big orange boxes that just call your name from the freezer? I think I put on more weight eating taquitos in those years than any other food. But when I stopped being a nanny, I completely forgot about taquitos. Until recently.
I’m not entirely sure what made me think of them, but all of a sudden, I had the most intense craving for some microwaved, greasy, processed, chicken taquitos.
Well, I can tell you that that craving made it about as far as a fruit fly drowning in fruit syrup. I was not about to bend to that craving for anything. So instead, I got into the kitchen and created my own. Not too bad if I do say so myself!
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Clean Eating Taquitos
(Makes 48 taquitos)
- 3-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 tablespoons garlic powder
- 4 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 cup clean salsa (use mild if kids will be eating these!)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (Not the same as yeast for baking bread)
- 4 packs (12 count) small, clean, corn tortillas
- Bake the chicken breasts in the oven at 350 with half of the onion and garlic powder sprinkled on them, until done.
- Cut off any unwanted parts and put the cooled chicken breasts into a food processor.
- Add the rest of the garlic and onion powders, salsa, olive oil, and nutritional yeast. Blend until you have a well blended, “crumbly dough” looking mixture.
- Warm the tortillas in the microwave, wrapping them in a wet paper towel. Get them nice and “pliable” so they don’t rip while you are rolling them. They will be hot, so don’t burn yourself!
- Put about 1 tbsp. of meat on a tortilla, and roll up like you are rolling a carpet.
- Place the taquitos in an oiled baking pan and spray the tops with olive oil using an oil mister/sprayer. This will give you the browned crunchiness that everyone loves in a taquito.
- Bake at 400 degrees F. until they are golden brown (About 20 minutes, but the time can vary from oven to oven. So keep an eye on them).
- Cool and serve with salsa for dipping!
Note: These freeze well. To eat after freezing, defrost overnight in the fridge and then warm in the oven. You can microwave them, but they get soggy.