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Beef Taquitos

Crispy, tasty, and just so easy to make these baked Beef Taquitos are the perfect addition to any party or family get together.

In my house this is one of our favorite ways to use up extra meet left over from the night before. And trust me it is so good it doesn’t taste like left overs.

These delicious beef taquitos are perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack. If you are a lover of Mexican food like me then these are a must try.

This Beef Taquitos recipe is easy to make and full of Mexican flavor.
Beef Taquitos

Sunday afternoons were always filled with roast dinners in my home. Sunday nights left my mom finding creative ways to serve the left over roast. Her go to was creating shredded beef quesadillas.

Not long ago I realized that I was out of flour tortillas. As a result I could not make our traditional beef quesadillas with the left over Sunday roast. But, I had plenty of corn tortillas on hand. Suddenly I had the idea to make shredded beef taquitos, and a new family favorite was born.

In fact they were so popular that they became the new top request for how to use left over Sunday roast.

Beef Taquitos Ingredients

Shredded Beef: I like to use the left over meat from my Dutch Oven Pot Roast as the shredded beef in this dish. Any beef roast that is cooked will do. These taquitos can also be made with ground beef, shredded chicken, or shredded pork.

Green Chiles: Full of flavor but lacking the super hot spice these can be purchased at the store in cans. It is possible to get them in various degrees of spice. I typically go for the mild flavored ones.

Shredded Cheese: My go to cheese for beef taquitos is shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

Taco Seasoning: The best way to help give that Sunday roast a true Mexican flavor is to reheat the shredded beef with some taco seasoning.

Corn Tortillas: All you need is your basic corn tortillas that you can purchase at the grocery store. I prefer the yellow corn tortillas opposed to the white ones. I find them to be sturdier and hold up better when rolling.

Beef Taquitos

Cooking Instructions

The best advice I can give when making any recipe is to make sure that you have all of the ingredients or adequate substitutions on hand. Starting a recipe only to realize that you are missing a key ingredient is not fun. So I will always go over my recipe and make sure that I have all that I need to make it.

For this recipe I use a conventional oven. However these beef taquitos can also be made in an air fryer if you want to make them in small batches. Crispy will always be my preference when it comes to these Beef Taquitos but I recommend cooking to your preference.

I will pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. I will also spray a baking tray with a cooking spray like pam.

It is possible to use parchment paper on the baking sheet to prevent the beef taquitos from sticking to the pan. I prefer to purchase the sheets of parchment paper that are pre-cut. It just makes life easier.

Preparing The Beef

I start this recipe by heating up my left over Dutch Oven Pot Roast meat in a skillet. You may use any cooked meat that you have on hand.

To a large non-stick skillet I will add:

  • 2 Cups of Shredded Beef
  • 1 tablespoons of avocado oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
  • 1 4 ounce can of Fire Roasted Green Chiles. I prefer the mild flavor.
    • If you like things spicy then this is a good time to add a teaspoon or two of hot sauce.

Another option is to reheat the pre-cooked meat in a slow cooker on low for an hour and mixing all of the ingredients a few times while it cooks.

I cook all of the ingredients mixing them well and heating them all of the way through. Once the meat is completely heated through I set it aside to prepare the tortillas.

Shredded Beef Taquitos made in the oven.

Preparing the Tortillas and Beef Taquitos

Making Sure that the corn tortillas are covered in a bit of oil and that they are soft enough to work with is imperative.

  • I like to use a large non-stick skillet and a little bit of oil to heat them up in.
    • I will add a few tablespoons of oil and heat the pan over medium high heat.
    • Once the oil is warm add a tortilla for 15 seconds and flip it cooking for another 15 seconds. I like the tortilla to be warm and pliable not crispy.
    • Remove it from the pan and set it aside on a paper towel.
    • Repeat until all of the tortillas are heated.
  • Rolling up the beef taquitos.
    • Place a corn tortilla on a flat surface.
    • Add some cheddar cheese to the bottom of the tortilla.
    • Add some of the meat mixture.
    • Add some more cheddar cheese on top of the meat.
    • Begin rolling up the taquitos.
    • Place the rolled taquitos seam side down on the baking sheet.

Repeat the process until all of the beef taquitos are rolled and placed onto the baking sheet.

Bake the taquitos for 6-8 minutes on one side.

Remove from the oven and turn them over.

Cook another 6-8 minutes until they are golden brown.

Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite sides and toppings.

Beef Taquitos
Beef Taquitos
Beef Taquitos

What to Serve With Beef Taquitos

  • Beef taquitos are a delicious and easy-to-make meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re having a family dinner, hosting a party, or just looking for something tasty to snack on, beef taquitos are sure to be a hit. But what should you serve with them? Here are some ideas:
  • Guacamole: This classic Mexican dip is the perfect companion to beef taquitos. The creamy texture and tangy flavor of guacamole complement the crunchy texture and savory taste of the taquitos perfectly.
  • Salsa: Another classic Mexican condiment that pairs well with beef taquitos is salsa. Choose your preferred level of spiciness and enjoy dipping your taquitos in this flavorful sauce.
  • Sour cream: If you want to tone down the spiciness of the beef taquitos, add some dollops of sour cream on top. The coolness of sour cream will balance out the heat from the seasoning used in making the filling.
  • Refried Beans: A side dish that goes well with almost any Mexican cuisine is refried beans – they pair particularly well with beef meat filling in Taquito recipe.
  • Spanish rice: Serve some Spanish rice alongside your beef taquitos to add more depth to your meal’s flavors while also balancing out its textures.
  • Corn Salad : Corn salad can liven up your platter by adding freshness and crunch as it serves as an excellent complement when paired with Beef Taquitos
  • Black beans : Hearty black beans can be served as a side dish
Oven baked shredded beef taquitos

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Usually In A Taquito?

Traditionally, taquitos are made by filling corn tortillas with cooked shredded chicken or beef mixed with spices such as chili powder or cumin. However, there are many variations to this basic recipe. Vegetarian taquitos can be made by filling them with beans, cheese, and vegetables like bell peppers or onions. Seafood lovers can enjoy shrimp or fish-filled taquitos.

In addition to the meat or vegetable filling, taquitos usually contain other ingredients as well. Some common additions include:

  1. Cheese: A generous sprinkling of cheese on top of the meat mixture adds extra flavor and texture.
  2. Salsa: Taquitos are often served with salsa for dipping purposes.
  3. Guacamole: Many people love to add guacamole to their taquito for an added creamy flavor.
  4. Sour cream: A dollop of sour cream on top is another favorite topping for these delicious treats.
  5. Lettuce: Shredded lettuce is a healthy addition that provides crunch and freshness to your taquito.
  6. Tomatoes: Diced tomatoes can add some acidity and sweetness to your taquito

Taquitos may seem simple at first glance but they offer endless possibilities when it comes to fillings and toppings making them a versatile snack that will satisfy anyone’s cravings!

How Do You Make Taquitos Stay Together?

As one of the most popular Mexican dishes, taquitos are loved by many people around the world. They are delicious, crispy and perfect for a quick snack or meal. However, making taquitos can be a bit challenging as they tend to fall apart during frying or baking. So, how do you make taquitos stay together? Here are some tips:

  1. Use warm tortillas: Cold tortillas tend to crack when rolled tightly, so it’s important to warm them up before rolling your taquitos. You can do this by heating them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or on a griddle until they are pliable.
  2. Don’t overfill: Overstuffing your taquitos with filling will cause them to burst open during cooking. A good rule of thumb is to use about 2 tablespoons of filling per tortilla.
  3. Secure with toothpicks: After rolling your taquito, secure it with a toothpick at each end to keep it from unrolling while cooking.
  4. Chill before frying/baking: Place your rolled taquitos in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before frying or baking them. This will help them hold their shape and prevent them from falling apart.
  5. Fry/bake at the right temperature: Make sure that your oil is hot enough (375°F) if you’re frying your taquitos or that your oven is preheated to 350°F if you’re baking them. Cooking at too low a temperature will make them soggy and more likely to fall apart.
Mexican Beef Taquitos bring a south of the border flavor.  Baked in the oven or air fryer.  This recipe for beef taquitos is a must try.
Beef Taquitos

Tips for Making Beef Taquitos

The corn tortillas need to be soft and pliable. They also need to have enough oil on them to help them cook and get crispy. The best way to achieve this is to pour a small amount of oil into a pan and heat it on medium high heat. Place a corn tortilla into the oil and cook for 15 seconds on each side, then remove from the pan and place onto a paper towel.

Place the rolled beef taquitos onto the baking sheet seam side down. This helps to prevent them from opening during cooking.

Use different types of meat. While this recipe is delicious and I highly recommend it I love taquitos with a variety of meats. Shredded chicken and shredded pulled pork are great options if you have them on hand.

My preference for this recipe is yellow corn tortillas. But I think that flour tortillas will work great too. Keep in mind that the flour tortillas will cook faster than the corn.

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Beef Taquitos

Beef Taquitos

These delicious beef taquitos are perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack. If you are a lover of Mexican food like me then these are a must try.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 Non-Stick Skillet
  • 1 Baking Sheet


  • 2 Cups Cooked Shredded Beef
  • 10 Corn Tortillas
  • 1 tbsp Taco seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable or Avocado Oil
  • 1 4 oz. Can Fire Roasted Green Chiles
  • 1 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  • In a large non-stick skillet add the:
    Shredded Beef
    1 Tbsp Oil
    I 4 oz. Can of Fire Roasted Green Chiles
    1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning.
    Heat over medium high heat and combine until heated through. Set aside when done.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray like Pam.
  • In a non-stick skillet add the rest of the oil and heat over medium high heat.
    Once oil is hot add a corn tortilla for 15 seconds on one side. Use tongs to flip the tortilla over and heat on the other side for another 15 seconds. Remove from the pan and place onto a paper towel.
    Repeat with all of the tortillas until they are cooked. They should be soft and pliable, not hard and crispy.
  • On a flat surface place the corn tortilla.
    On one end of the corn tortilla add a small layer of cheese, then a layer of meat, then another layer of cheese. Roll up the meat and cheese in the tortilla and place it seam side down on a sprayed cookie sheet.
    Continue until all of the Beef Taquitos are assembled on the cookie sheet.
  • Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven. Cook for 6-8 minutes until the taquitos are sealed on the bottom and they are a light golden brown.
    Turn the taquitos over and cook an additional 6 minutes.
    Remove beef taquitos from the oven when they are golden brown on both sides.
    Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Keyword Appetizer, Beef, Main Dish, Mexican Food

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