What’s for Dinner?

Taquitos!

I hope I wrote that correctly. But yes, as of lately I have found myself looking for new recipes to do at home to feed my bunch, and let me just say that cooking up some taquitos has been super fun. Cooking for me has always been a fun and therapeutic thing to do, but during the pandemic i kind of lost my spark because I found myself getting tired of making similar dishes, and also just exhausted from having to cook for everyone constantly. It was overwhelming, and I ended up teaching my then 13 year old to at least make the rice, make pasta on spaghetti night, or even season the chicken and help me get things started from time to time. Long story short, this mamma was just tired and I wanted some new dishes.

This year though, something kind of got to me, and now i am in search of so many new things. I even create my own variations of recipes that I have seen either on the internet or YouTube. So without further ado, here is my rendition of this tasty Mexican staple, that I hope I did justice to. I want to share what I purchased and also the way I prepared them. Hope you guys enjoy!

Shopping List

  • Corn tortillas
  • 1 to 2 chicken breast
  • Avocado (2) small or (1) medium sized
  • 1 red onion & 1 white onion
  • 1 cilantro bunch or two- your choice
  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • Taco seasoning packet
  • Sour cream (the bottle)
  • Salsa
  • 2 limes
  • 4-5 fresh garlic
  • 1/4 green pepper and red pepper
  • 1 shredded mozzarella package
  • Cream Cheese
Seasonings you will need
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bay Leafs (4)

Instructions

  1. First, after cleaning the chicken breast set them in water to boil. Use about 4 cups of water. In the water, Add the fresh garlic, the white onion cut into four pieces, the 4 bay leaves, 1/2 tbls of garlic powder, 1/2 tbls of onion powder, about 1tsp of salt and 1tsp of pepper. Set that to cook until the chicken is nicely done and you can stick a knife in and tell the chicken is cooked all the way through and not tough. You can adjust the seasoning amounts as you wish.
  2. Second, make the sauce that you will use on the taquitos at the end, and for that I used my mini Chopper. Ninja has been helping me prep foods for a long time now lol. Cut the Avocados into smaller pieces, add the pieces of tomato, 1/2 or whole red onion ( depending on how much onion flavor you like. Add the cleaned cilantro bunch and the juice of 1-2 limes. To this you can add a pinch of salt and pepper if you choose.
  3. Once the chicken is done, I let it sit for a few minutes and then shred it with two forks. In a hot skillet with 1tbls of extra virgin olive oil, you start cooking the other piece of onion left and the red and green pepper chopped. Add your shredded chicken and toss in some of that taco seasoning over it. Just enough to coat the chicken. Stir until well incorporated. Taste for salt and flavor. set aside after it’s done
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the room temperature cream cheese with the mozzarella cheese. I had some Mexican blend cheese package as well at home so I added some of that as well. Add as much cheese as you like. Then incorporate the chicken you made.
  5. Finally, prep the tortillas by passing them through hot oil for about 3 seconds on each side. Then I placed them on a paper towel to draw out some of the oil, but still needed some to remain. To each tortilla, add about 1 1/2 table spoons of mixture and roll it up.

Once you roll place folded side down on a baking pan and pop them in the oven. I preferred the oven version to avoid using more oil, but if you don’t mind the little extra oil, just place them folded side down with a pair of tongs in the same pan you used to prep the tortillas before and keep turning until golden brown. Place on paper towel afterwards to get as much oil out before eating.

Top your two or three taquitos with the guac sauce and add sour cream and salsa as well if you prefer. and there you go!

Enjoy this meal with your family and friends, and keep it in your recipe book for years to come. I know I will.

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