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Beef Taquitos

Beef Taquitos

These beef taquitos are super easy to make, and perfect as an appetizer or dinner. Lean ground beef is seasoned with a southwestern inspired spice blend and cooked with tomato sauce to make a flavorful and delicious taco filling.

 

We add shredded cheddar jack cheese and use flour tortillas to roll the taquitos. Then we bake them until they’re hot and crispy. Serve these taquitos with a spicy crema and fresh salsa and watch them disappear.

 

If you’re in the mood for more party food, check out these chicken nuggets with a sriracha ranch dipping sauce. These grilled chicken wings that are marinated in a flavorful mojo for a delicious tropical flavor, or try this simple hot spinach dip for a really quick appetizer. Need a great cocktail for your party? Try this delicious homemade margarita.

 

These taquitos get their flavor from a homemade taco seasoning mix. We use just a few simple ingredients that are available in the spice aisle of any supermarket.

 

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To make the spice blend you will need

½ tablespoon Chili Powder

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt, or to taste

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

½ teaspoon Onion Powder

½ teaspoon Cumin

¼ tsp. Black Pepper, or to taste

 

 

For the beef filling you will need

1 tablespoon Canola Oil

1 pound Ground Sirloin (use the leanest ground beef you can find)

1 (8 ounce) Can Tomato Sauce

2 tablespoons Water

20 Small Flour Tortillas

1½ cups Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

 

 

Suggested sauces for your taquitos

 

  • Make a spicy crema by combining sour cream with your favorite hot sauce. A quick way to make a delicious dipping sauce!

 

  • This is our version of salsa fresca or pico de gallo. Our fresh salsa is a simple combination of tomatoes, onions, lime juice and cilantro. It’s a delicious with tortilla chips, and goes great with these taquitos.

 

  • Serve an assortment of hot sauce varieties with these beef taquitos and let you guests choose.

 

 

Make the taco seasoning mix

Add the chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper to a small bowl, stir to combine.

 

 

Cook the beef filling for the taquitos

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef. Sprinkle the top with the prepared seasoning mix.

 

Start to stir and fold the ground beef to incorporate the seasoning mix. Cook the ground beef until browned. This will take approximately 4-5 minutes. Stir and break up any large pieces of meat with a wooden spoon or spatula.

 

Now that you’ve browned the ground beef, add the tomato sauce and water to the skillet. I like to add the tomato sauce first, then add the water to the empty can and give it a swirl. That way I get every last drop out.

 

Stir the beef and sauce well. Lower the heat to medium-low and cover the skillet. Cook the ground beef for 20 minutes until cooked through, stirring occasionally.

 

We also want most of the liquid to cook out. The meat cannot be too wet to make the taquitos. If you have too much liquid, uncover the skillet. It will dry out quickly.

 

Take the skillet off the heat and let it cool. Give the ground beef a stir every once in a while to let the steam escape. It will cool quicker.

 

Before you start building the taquitos preheat the oven to 350°F

 

 

Build the taquitos

Place a tortilla wrap on a flat surface. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of the ground beef a little off center towards the side closest to you. Arrange the beef filling in a line so that it’s not mounded.

Ground Beef on Flour Tortilla

 

Add a generous pinch of the cheddar jack cheese over the ground beef.

Ground Beef and Cheese on a Flour Tortilla

 

Roll the tortilla tightly, away from you, and place it seam side down on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper.

A taquito being rolled on a wood cutting board.

 

a rolled taquito on a wood cutting board.

 

Beef Taquitos arranged on a Baking Sheet

 

Some liquid may come out of the taquito during the rolling process, keep a paper towel handy. Repeat until all of the ground beef filling is used up.

 

Bake the taquitos for about 20-25 minutes until the tortillas are nice and crispy on the outside. Keep an eye on the taquitos, check them after 15 minutes or so, just in case.

A close up of beef taquitos stacked on a black cutting board

 

You should get 18-20 delicious beef taquitos. And, if you like these taquitos, try these chicken taquitos that are just as delicious, these shredded chicken tacos, or these beef & bean burritos for easy weeknight dinner inspiration.

Beef Taquitos

These beef taquitos are great as an appetizer or dinner. They’re rolled in flour tortilla, filled with flavorful beef and cheddar jack cheese and baked until hot and crispy.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword: ground beef
Servings: 6
Calories: 603kcal

Ingredients

Seasoning Mix

  • ½ tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Black Pepper or to taste

Beef Filling and Taquitos

  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1 pound Ground Sirloin use the leanest ground beef you can find
  • 1 8 ounce Can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 20 Small Flour Tortillas
  • cups Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

Instructions

Make the seasoning mix

  • Add the chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper to a small bowl, stir to combine.

Cook the beef filling

  • Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add the ground beef and sprinkle the top with the prepared seasoning mix.
  • Start to stir and fold the ground beef to incorporate the seasoning mix.
  • Cook the beef until browned. This will take approximately 4-5 minutes. Stir and break up any large pieces of meat with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Add the tomato sauce and water to the skillet.
  • Stir the beef and sauce well. Lower the heat to medium-low and cover the skillet. Cook the ground beef for 20 minutes until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  • Let most of the liquid to cook out. The meat cannot be too wet to make the taquitos. If you have too much liquid, uncover the skillet. It will dry out quickly.
  • Take the skillet off the heat and let it cool. Give the ground beef a stir every once in a while to let the steam escape. It will cool quicker.

Build the taquitos

  • Place a tortilla wrap on a flat surface. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of the ground beef a little off center towards the side closest to you. Arrange the beef filling in a line so that it’s not mounded.
  • Add a generous pinch of the cheddar jack cheese over the ground beef.
  • Roll the tortilla tightly, away from you and place it seam side down on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper.
  • Some liquid may come out of the taquito during the rolling process, keep a paper towel handy. Repeat until all of the ground beef filling is used up.
  • Bake the taquitos for about 20-25 minutes until the tortillas are toasty on the outside. Check them after 15 minutes and gauge from there.

Notes

Suggested sauces for your taquitos:
Make a spicy crema by combining sour cream with your favorite hot sauce. A quick way to make a delicious dipping sauce!
 
This is our version of salsa fresca or pico de gallo. Our fresh salsa is a simple combination of tomatoes, onions, lime juice and cilantro. It’s a delicious with tortilla chips, and goes great with these taquitos.
 
Serve an assortment of hot sauce varieties with these beef taquitos and let you guests choose.

Nutrition

Calories: 603kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1311mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 9.6% | Calcium: 32.3% | Iron: 29.5%
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.

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