Recipe for chicken taquitos (Taquitos dorados de pollo)

The taquito (diminutive of the word taco) is a Mexican dish that consists of a small tortilla, tightly rolled up around some type of stuffing inside, usually with beef, veal or chicken. This stuffed tortilla is then fried, enough to make it crispy. A variant of this dish is the flauta, which does use tortillas of corn or sometimes wheat, and the name of taquito can be used to refer to flautas made from both types of tortillas.

These taquitos or tacos dorados in this mexican recipe are made with chicken but they can be also made with red meat, as mentioned previously. People eat them typically accompanied by guacamole and pico de gallo salad, and the can be presented as an appetizer or a main course, depending on quantities and presentation.

Recipe for taquitos de pollo:

Ingredients (4 people):

4 tablespoon canola oil, for frying
1 red onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, cut in strips
2 chilis jalapeños without seeds and chopped very thinly
2 medium size potatoes, cut in little cubes
2 teaspoons of minced garlic
2 lb. skinless chicken breasts, cut in strips
1 tablespoon of dry oregano
1 teaspoon cumin in powder
salt and pepper to taste
3 oz. of your favorite tequila
the juice from 1 lime, pressed
2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, chopped
24 corn tortillas


Warm up your medium skillet with oil over medium - high heat setting and sauté slightly the onion, the bell pepper strips, the jalapeños, the potato cubes, garlic and the chicken.
Keep on cooking until the chicken is completely done and the vegetables are tender. Add the oregano, the cumin; season with salt and pepper.

Deglaze with the tequila and lime juice until the liquid has evaporated. Pull away from the heat and allow to cool down until you will be able to slice the chicken breasts.
Mix in the chopped cilantro and mix well. Put a kitchen paper towel over the tortillas and heat them up in the microwave for approximately 2 minutes or until they become pliable.

Stuff every tortilla with approximately 3 tablespoons of the filling of chicken we did and roll them up, using one or two toothpicks to make sure they stay rolled up.
In a big and deep skillet pour about a quarter inch to half inch canola oil in the bottom of your skillet and heat it up to arount 300°F.
Fry the taquitos for approximately 2 mins. for each side or until they brown and become crisp. Allow them to drain, to remove the excess fat on paper towels.

Remove the toothpicks and serve with guacamole, salsa and some cheese.

Enjoy this snack!

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