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Beef Taquitos stacked on a black cutting board

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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword ground beef
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 603kcal


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


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.


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.


Calories: 603kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1311mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 5.3mg