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Baked Chicken Taquitos

This is a really exciting week in the world of food and blogs and cookbooks… my friend Catherine McCord of has just published her first cookbook:  Weelicious- One Family. One Meal. 140 Fast, Fresh and Easy Recipes.  It’s a fabulous, must-have book for families who have kids… picky kids… kids who like food… kids who are tough to please… any kids… and parents who need to FEED those kids!  I’m sharing these Baked Chicken Taquitos from the Weelicious Cookbook!

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Most of the world calls these “taquitos,” but in San Diego, these are affectionately called, “Three Rolled Tacos with Guacamole.”  We have a zillion of these little Mexican fast food shacks around town- and the ever popular favorite thing to order is the rolled tacos with guac.  They’re deep fried and probably rather evil to consume, but the Weelicious Cookbook shows us how to make a healthier, baked version.

Easy Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe by

Corn tortillas are lightly stuffed with spiced-up, shredded chicken and cheese, and then they’re rolled up tightly.

Easy Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe by

Placed on a baking sheet seam-side-down, they are lightly sprayed with cooking spray and then baked for 25 minutes.  That’s it!

While they’re baking, you can whip up a quick guacamole (see recipe for details).  Catherine has a recipe for Avocado- Lime Sauce in the cookbook, but since my son is obsessed with my guacamole, I had to go with that.

Easy Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe by
Perfectly crispy out of the oven, the San Diego way to serve them is to melt a little more shredded cheese on top and add a big dollop of guacamole and sour cream.  You can serve them however you’d like, of course.  Even if you just want a little dunker of salsa instead of the guacamole deal, that works too.

These taquitos are a MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR hit with my family.  So good.  This recipe will definitely be a repeater in the Recipe Girl house.  And I love that they are baked– and not deep fried!!  Thanks, Catherine- for a great, family-friendly recipe!

The Weelicious Cookbook

Weelicious offers recipes for fresh, healthy, appealing meals for young kids.  Author Catherine McCord teaches parents how to turn their kids into great eaters who appreciate food and are open to exciting new flavors.  I love that Catherine focuses on getting kids involved in the kitchen from Day 1- introducing them to a variety of foods and including them in the cooking process.  Recipes include first foods like baby purees and teething cookies, then moves on to include all meals of the day.

My kiddo has tagged a bunch of recipes for us to try, including: Blueberry- Lemon Whole Wheat Pancakes, Oatmeal On-the-Go Bars, Pumpkin Waffles, Apple- Cinnamon Sticks, Strawberry Fruit Leather, Un-Fried Chicken Tenders, Baked Shells, Mexican Lasagna, Raspberry Cream Cheese Tarts, Banana Bread Cake and Banana-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Everything looks so good, and this is such a perfect cookbook for families to have at hand.  I wholeheartedly recommend it!


Yield: 12 taquitos

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Baked Chicken Taquitos


  • 3 cups shredded roasted chicken or shredded chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (or cheddar)
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • guacamole (see tips) and/or sour cream or salsa


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine the chicken in a bowl with the cumin, salt and garlic powder- mix in the cheese.
  3. Place 2 corn tortillas at a time in between two damp paper towels and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds to soften them (helps to prevent cracking when rolling).
  4. With 1 tortilla in front of you, place about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture in the center of the tortilla and roll it up tightly. Place the taquito seam-side-down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas and filling.
  5. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray, and bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until crisp. Serve with guacamole/sour cream/ salsa, as desired.


  • Purchase a chicken already roasted from the market- or make your own- place 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts in a steamer pot over boiling water and steam for 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through. Cool slightly and then use a fork to shred it apart.
  • To make easy guacamole for dipping: Mash 1 large avocado with 2 tablespoons sour cream, 1 spoonful of salsa, 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice and salt and pepper, to taste. *If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use a brand of corn tortillas that is known to be GF (and it's probably safest if you cook and shred your own chicken).
  • Freezing instructions: After step 4, the taquitos can be frozen in freezer zip bags for up to 3 months. I freeze them on the baking sheet, then take them out of the freezer and move them to zip bags. Prepare from step 5 when ready to bake them from the freezer.
  • Nutritional Information per one taquito (no guac) Calories per serving: 151, Fat: 4.7g, Saturated Fat: 2.1g, Sugar: .2g, Sodium: 205g, Fiber: 1.6g, Protein: 14.3g, Cholesterol: 38.1mg, Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS per taquito (made with shredded chicken breast and full fat cheese):  Freestyle SmartPoints: 3, Points Plus Program: 4 Old Points Program: 3
SOURCE: (Adapted from the Weelicious Cookbook)

Here are a few more recipes for taquitos you might enjoy:

Disclosure:  There are Amazon affiliate links included within this post.

373 Responses to “Baked Chicken Taquitos”

  1. postedSep 19, 2012 3:42 AM

    My favorite go-to meal is buffalo chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. It’s not super quick, but it is always a hit.

  2. postedSep 19, 2012 4:10 AM

    My family favorite go-to meal is a roasted chicken with roasted veggies. This cookbook looks great! Thanks!

  3. postedSep 19, 2012 4:12 AM

    Steak and rice is always easy to prepare — cubed steak pieces in a mushroom gravy over white rice. Heidi

  4. postedSep 19, 2012 4:27 AM

    Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder is a definite favorite!

  5. postedSep 19, 2012 4:28 AM

    My family favorite go-to meal is spaghetti with tomato sauce. This cookbook looks great! Thanks!

  6. postedSep 19, 2012 4:40 AM

    Tuna burger’s or breakfast for supper. Like pancakes!

  7. postedSep 19, 2012 4:49 AM
    Lisa H

    Our go to meal is chicken stir fry (of sorts). I can add lots of fresh vegetables.

  8. postedSep 19, 2012 4:58 AM

    Looks delicious! I might have to make them tonight!

    Our go-to meal is chili mac, but made waaaaay healthier with turkey, homemade taco seasoning, and whole wheat pasta. It’s no guilt, in my book! 🙂

  9. postedSep 19, 2012 5:05 AM

    Our favorite go to meal is Mexican night. We always have the needed supplies on hand. I think these ‘taquitos’ are for dinner tonight in our house!

  10. postedSep 19, 2012 5:20 AM

    Our go to meal is mini turkey meatloaf, made in muffin tins. Add some veggies and rice/orzo on the side and it is the best meal!

  11. postedSep 19, 2012 5:34 AM


  12. postedSep 19, 2012 5:40 AM


  13. postedSep 19, 2012 5:45 AM

    I think or go to meals would have to be pizza or Mac & Cheese. If I serve Mac & Cheese my 2 1/2 year old and my hubby always eat it. Lately my 2 1/2 year old has asked for Mac & Cheese every time I have asked what she wanted to eat (Including breakfast just now!). Crazy girl.

  14. postedSep 19, 2012 5:47 AM

    Our go-to meal is chicken tacos!

  15. postedSep 19, 2012 5:54 AM
    Amy K.

    My go to dish is pasta, usually spaghetti with a little meat sauce. My kids love noodles so I can’t go wrong with that.

  16. postedSep 19, 2012 6:01 AM
    April V

    Our go-to is lasagna. It’s quick, delicious & everyone loves it!

  17. postedSep 19, 2012 6:05 AM

    I’ve been thinking about these since you posted a photo on instagram yesterday. YUMMMMMM!

  18. postedSep 19, 2012 6:05 AM

    These look amazing. I’m totally making them tonight.

    Our go-to is Cincinnati style chili. I know, I know. Everyone else thinks its gross, but we can’t get enough.

  19. postedSep 19, 2012 6:09 AM

    I’m so excited for this cookbook! And these taquitos look wonderful!!! Love that they are baked.

    My go-to meal is usually pita pizzas. Quick and easy!

  20. postedSep 19, 2012 6:09 AM
    Kori Rathfon

    My favorite go to meal for my family is my homemade pizza. It is the only thing that everyone loves to eat!

  21. postedSep 19, 2012 6:11 AM

    The usual go to for my family is stuffed shells w/ meat sauce.

  22. postedSep 19, 2012 6:20 AM

    My family favorite is lasagna…either the oven or crock pot – everyone loves it!

  23. postedSep 19, 2012 6:20 AM
    June g.

    My kids love my white chicken enchiladas or meatloaf. I’ve never seen 2 lbs. of ground beef go so fast;)

  24. postedSep 19, 2012 6:25 AM

    I need to get my hands on the book. Of my two boys, one of them eats whatever, the other not so much. I keep hearing rave reviews!! Your pictures are stunning, Lori. And the taquitos look like the whole family would enjoy them!!

  25. postedSep 19, 2012 6:25 AM

    Nice!!! I make these all the time and after living in San Diego for 15 years I still call them rolled tacos and I always eat them with cheese & guac on top! My family prefers to dip them… but I love the gooey mess that comes wrapped up in white paper!

  26. postedSep 19, 2012 6:30 AM

    Pizza. Can never go wrong with pizza! I have yet to attempt homemade, but think I may have finally found a non-intimidating dough recipe. Will definitely be trying these taquitos though. They look yummy!

  27. postedSep 19, 2012 6:38 AM

    Our go to meal is soup! We normally make 8 quarts of soup at a time (we’re just a family of two) and freeze in batches for when we need a quick meal. Add some crusty bread, pasta, or rice and we’re set!

  28. postedSep 19, 2012 6:40 AM
    Karla G

    I love making taco salad. I usually have most of the ingredients on hand, and it’s super fast to cook up!

  29. postedSep 19, 2012 6:46 AM

    Cheeseburger Pie made with Bisquick! I add A1 and wors. sauce to the recipe. It is one of our favorites!

  30. postedSep 19, 2012 6:49 AM

    We love bbq chicken!

  31. postedSep 19, 2012 6:52 AM
    Diane C

    Our family go to is spaghetti and meatballs!

  32. postedSep 19, 2012 6:56 AM
    Valarie K

    I love your site! I’ve been following for a few months now and I always look forward to the new posts. This one doesn’t disappoint! Who doesn’t love taquitos?!?! These will be made in the very near future! The go-to recipe/meal for us has to be chicken tacos/burritos. Quick, easy and everyone loves them! To make things easier (and a little leaner) we use ground chicken. We love it!

  33. postedSep 19, 2012 7:11 AM

    Our go to easy meal is camper’s meals. Ground Beef (or hamburger patty), onions, and potatoes wrapped in foil and put in the oven or on the grill.

  34. postedSep 19, 2012 7:12 AM
    Robin B.

    Taco pizza…hands down! :o)

  35. postedSep 19, 2012 7:12 AM

    Chilli is our standby!

  36. postedSep 19, 2012 7:15 AM

    Our boys love chicken pot pie (made from left over roast chicken)! Especially if I make them in minis!

  37. postedSep 19, 2012 7:18 AM
    Libbie Nienstedt

    For my family, it’s Taco night. Everyone can make them their own way!

  38. postedSep 19, 2012 7:18 AM

    Breakfast burritos or french toast when we’re in a bind.

  39. postedSep 19, 2012 7:27 AM

    We have some sort of quick breakfast food when we are in a hurry, like scrambled eggs and hash.

  40. postedSep 19, 2012 7:27 AM
    Liz C.

    Our favorite go to meal is pizza muffins! Thanks for the great giveaway and I can’t wait to try your chicken taquitos! Yum.

  41. postedSep 19, 2012 7:36 AM

    My family loves anything Mexican and these taquitos will be a hit!

  42. postedSep 19, 2012 7:36 AM
    Mary O

    Tacos. Everyone likes them and I almost always have the ingredients around for them.

  43. postedSep 19, 2012 8:01 AM

    Our throw together meal is tacos! They are so easy and fresh! I would love to cook from this book too!

  44. postedSep 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    Our go-to family meal is homemade pizza.

  45. postedSep 19, 2012 8:14 AM

    Quesadillas, can’t get enough of them!

  46. postedSep 19, 2012 8:14 AM

    Our go to meal is mango curry!

  47. postedSep 19, 2012 8:24 AM
    Monica L.

    My family loves spaghetti with meatballs! I make it in the crockpot and let it sit during the day.

  48. postedSep 19, 2012 8:34 AM

    I don’t even really like Mexican food and this look like something I’d eat more than once!

  49. postedSep 19, 2012 8:43 AM
    Anne Caffey

    my go to meal is breakfast for dinner … everyone is happy with this!

  50. postedSep 19, 2012 8:45 AM

    My favorite go-to meal are omelets-so quick, easy and delicious! Plus, you can change it up to everyone’s favorite ingredients!

  51. postedSep 19, 2012 8:50 AM

    My family loves spaghetti and meatballs.

  52. postedSep 19, 2012 8:50 AM

    My go-to meal is roasted chicken with mashed potatoes. It’s a crowd-pleaser every time!

  53. postedSep 19, 2012 9:11 AM
    Stephanie Crosby

    White chili. Cookbook looks great!

  54. postedSep 19, 2012 9:13 AM
    Kelsey B

    I love making leftover pizzas- I just throw whatever i can find on it!

  55. postedSep 19, 2012 9:17 AM

    Hi Lori, These look even better up close! Our go to meals are typically enchiladas, Chinese stir fry or soups. These taquitos need to happen in my house soon!

  56. postedSep 19, 2012 9:18 AM
    Kristin T

    My go to meal is chicken parm.

  57. postedSep 19, 2012 9:18 AM

    Our favorite go to meal is a lightened up chicken and pasta Alfredo.

  58. postedSep 19, 2012 9:26 AM

    These look amazing! I love ordering Taquitos at restaurants, but these are so much healthier. My go to meal is tacos. Kind of boring, but it always works.

  59. postedSep 19, 2012 9:26 AM


  60. postedSep 19, 2012 9:26 AM
    Lori Andor

    My favorite go to meal is hamburgers and fries 🙂

  61. postedSep 19, 2012 9:28 AM
    beth w

    Spaghetti & smoked sausage!

  62. postedSep 19, 2012 9:29 AM

    Sloppy Joes!

  63. postedSep 19, 2012 9:30 AM

    simple tacos

  64. postedSep 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    We love anything Mexican so I fix a lot of tacos and quesadillas. These taquitos sound great too!

  65. postedSep 19, 2012 9:36 AM

    ground turkey tostadas … yummy!!! I want some now 🙂

  66. postedSep 19, 2012 9:40 AM

    Our go-to recipe is my grams sloppy joe recipe. Love them and they make great leftovers for the next days lunch.

  67. postedSep 19, 2012 9:51 AM

    “with Guacamole” is key to rolled tacos!

    In our house, fried rice is something everyone is always happy to see. But, I’d sy my go-to meal (like, no one went grocery shopping and we’re hungry now) is breakfast for dinner – pancakes, eggs, bacon (always in the freezer)!

  68. postedSep 19, 2012 9:53 AM

    thanks for this giveaway!

  69. postedSep 19, 2012 9:55 AM

    Pancakes and Eggs for us.

  70. postedSep 19, 2012 9:56 AM

    My two most popular go-to meals are chicken piccata and pork schnitzel. I can’t wait to try these chicken taquitos – they look delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  71. postedSep 19, 2012 9:56 AM

    Grilled cheese sandwiches with Tomato soup!

  72. postedSep 19, 2012 10:05 AM

    Our go to meal is usually breakfast related:)

  73. postedSep 19, 2012 10:06 AM

    I know that my fiance will always flip for tacos – the easies thing! 🙂

  74. postedSep 19, 2012 10:15 AM

    Tacos are our goto meal that everyone eats. This cookbook would be ideal for my family. Thanks for a chance to win it.

  75. postedSep 19, 2012 10:17 AM

    I love the pictures that accompany this recipe post! You make the meal look mouth-watering and I can’t wait to try it myself!

  76. postedSep 19, 2012 10:25 AM
    Rochelle s

    My go to is Italian stuffed shells. Easy & delicious!

  77. postedSep 19, 2012 10:32 AM

    Wow that looks good! I love Wee-licious 🙂

  78. postedSep 19, 2012 10:36 AM

    My go-to meal is usually some form of salad – so lazy! But I need something to balance out all the butter and sugar 🙂

  79. postedSep 19, 2012 10:39 AM
    Jan S.

    Spaghetti is our family go to meal…I love it b/c I can make the sauce ahead of time and dinner is quick.

  80. postedSep 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    We have 2 “go to” dinners . . . homemade tacos and spaghetti & meatballs. Either one is always a hit and quick to make.

  81. postedSep 19, 2012 10:56 AM

    My go-to has got to be pasta. Everyone eats it and is happy.

  82. postedSep 19, 2012 11:00 AM

    Our go to meal is whole wheat banana bread pancakes. The extras go in the freezer.

  83. postedSep 19, 2012 11:00 AM
    Nikki Cochrane

    Go to meal is spaghetti! Easy and I always have everything at home 🙂
    I also love trying new recipes too – so thank you!

  84. postedSep 19, 2012 11:01 AM


  85. postedSep 19, 2012 11:02 AM

    My favorite “go to” meal is homemade spaghetti! I always have the “fixings” for it and I know it’s something my kids will always eat!

  86. postedSep 19, 2012 11:02 AM

    Lately — beans and cornbread. Easy and lots of leftovers — can’t beat that!

  87. postedSep 19, 2012 11:02 AM

    My go to meal is crockpot tortellini in a meat sauce. So easy to make and the whole family loves it!

  88. postedSep 19, 2012 11:02 AM

    Egg sandwiches–fast, easy, and yummy:)

  89. postedSep 19, 2012 11:03 AM

    Chicken fajitas with beans and rice – everyone can make it their own way!

  90. postedSep 19, 2012 11:03 AM

    My family loves when I make a frittata for dinner. And I love it too because I can clean out my refrigerator in the process!

  91. postedSep 19, 2012 11:04 AM

    Taco salad! Or sourdough waffles.

  92. postedSep 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    Our go-to dish would have to be taco salad. Quick, easy, and yummy!

  93. postedSep 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    Eggs any which way are the go to meal in my house.

  94. postedSep 19, 2012 11:07 AM
    Amanda Blackburn

    Our favorite is chicken enchiladas covered in cheese! My son loves his sweet potatoes with turkey puree still 🙂

  95. postedSep 19, 2012 11:08 AM

    Chicken soup! I always have some chicken stock in the freezer so it’s an easy go-to on days I’m out of meal ideas.

  96. postedSep 19, 2012 11:09 AM
    Kimberly ORosky

    My favorite go to meal is Giada’s Pasta Ponza. It’s so incredible easy and full of flavor. My two year old devours it and it even tastes great the next day! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    • postedSep 19, 2012 5:06 PM

      Just printed that out- thank you!

  97. postedSep 19, 2012 11:09 AM

    We love tacos!!

  98. postedSep 19, 2012 11:10 AM


  99. postedSep 19, 2012 11:11 AM

    whole wheat spaghetti and homemade tomato sauce

  100. postedSep 19, 2012 11:13 AM

    Well, it use to be taquiotos out of a box! Now – these!!

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