Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Homemade Chicken Taquitos on a plate with guacamole, sour cream and salsa
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Filled with taco-seasoned shredded chicken and melty mozzarella, our crispy, fried, homemade taquito recipe is deliciously party-ready.  

It’s a Meal! It’s a Snack! It’s...a Taquito!

Whether you’re in need of a snacky dinner or a heavy snack, homemade chicken taquitos are a crunchy, hearty, cheesy nibble that doesn’t disappoint.

What Is a Taquito?

Also known as “flautas”, a taquito is simply a very small taco, filled with shredded chicken and cheese, rolled tightly and then baked or (in the case of our chicken taquito recipe) fried to a crisp, golden brown. It’s a super simple concept, and a completely genius little bite. Served with pico de gallo, fresh guacamole, and sour cream, homemade taquitos are the perfect thing to serve at your next get-together—just add some spicy margaritas to make the whole spread party-perfect.

ingredients for Homemade Chicken Taquitos canola oil, taco seasoning, lettuce, corn tortillas sour cream

How To Make Taquitos

Our fried taquitos recipe comes together in just a few quick steps! The main “work” of homemade taquitos is really just assembly, so if you’ve got kids in your house, it’s a perfect one for them to help out with:

  1. Toss shredded chicken with taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought) and some mozzarella cheese.
  2. Roll the taquitos! More on that in a sec.
  3. Fry the taquitos.
  4. And finally, best of all, EAT THE TAQUITOS! Slathered in guacamole, pico and sour cream, por favor.
Homemade Chicken Taquitos being assembled with toothpicks on a cutting board
Homemade Chicken Taquitos on a cooling rack

How To Roll Taquitos

Tempting though it may be to jam the tortillas full to bursting with the super delicious seasoned, shredded chicken taquito filling, restraint is your best friend when it comes to rolling a perfect taquito. Sprinkle a scant 1/3 cup of filling into the corn tortilla and wrap the taquito really, really tight. Then, to help it hold together when you fry the taquito, secure the open ends with toothpicks.

How To Fry Taquitos

It probably goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway: be super careful when working with hot oil. Work gently, and without distraction, and keep little people far away from the stove when you’re frying. Before you begin to fry the taquitos, test the temperature of the oil by dropping a piece of one of your corn tortillas in the oil—if it immediately sizzles and bubbles, the oil is ready. Or, check for a temp of 350°F with a deep-frying thermometer. Fry your cheesy chicken taquitos in small batches, so the oil temperature stays constant. Keep fried taquitos warm in a 250°F oven on a baking sheet while you finish the rest of the batch.

Homemade Chicken Taquitos on a plate with guacamole, sour cream, salsa and lettuce

Other Party-Ready Recipes:

As far as we’re concerned this taquito recipe embodies party-food perfection. Here are a few of our other faves:

Homemade Chicken Taquitos on a plate with guacamole, sour cream, salsa and lettuce

What Did Everyone Think?

Do you love this taquito recipe? Did your friends gobble them up?! We really want to know. Snap a photo of the finished taquitos, and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you share them with. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, poached and shredded
1 tbsp taco seasoning**
12 corn tortillas
2 cups mozzarella, shredded
2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 cup sour cream
1 cup guacamole**
1 cup pico de gallo**
canola oil, for frying
tooth picks

Method

  1. Wrap tortillas in a tea towel and microwave for 1 minute.
  2. In a large bowl combine taco seasoning along with shredded chicken breast and mozzarella.
  3. Working with one tortilla at a time, measure out ⅓ of a cup filling and place down the center of the tortilla. Tightly wrap/roll the tortilla around the filling and pierce with a toothpick to hold it together. Tip: Cover prepared taquitos with a damp towel to keep the tortillas from cracking.
  4. Heat 1” of canola oil over medium heat until oil is glistening. Working in small batches fry the prepared taquitos until light brown, rotating every 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. If making a large batch, place finished taquitos on a baking sheet in a 250°F oven until ready to serve.
  5. When ready to serve, top taquitos with shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo or salsa.

**We have linked our favorite recipes for homemade taco seasoning, guacamole and pico de gallo but just a heads up...the store bought versions work just as well if you are short on time!