Easy Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken

Bowl of Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken with a dollop of sour cream and a tortilla chip dipped in.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.
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Bowl of Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken with a dollop of sour cream and a tortilla chip dipped in.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Their eyes, intensely focused on me, conveyed urgency and despair. Words that shot through their lips were sharp. The air was thick with tension. Was this an angry mob? No, this was my family…looking for dinner. Again. Is this a familiar scene?? Yes, well then, you are probably a Mom. But here is a make-ahead dinner to turn this nightly nightmare into a beautiful dream.  This is my Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers Skillet with Ground Chicken!

This recipe takes a stuffed pepper and deconstructs it is so it’s super easy to make.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cilantro, cheese, and corn tortillas. Finally, nutty and hearty brown rice is mixed and cooked in with all of this goodness to created one delicious dinner.  It’s smokey, savory, hearty, and utterly delicious!

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BELL PEPPERS HAVE MORE VITAMIN C THAN ORANGES!

Bell peppers come in a variety of colors and add so much color and flavor to recipes!  But, aside from looking pretty and tasting good, they also have some wonderful health benefits!  They are low in calories and exceptionally rich in vitamins and antioxidants.  Bell peppers are rich in Vitamin C and are a great source for vitamins B6, K1, A, and E.  In fact, bell peppers have more vitamin C than oranges!  One medium-sized red bell pepper provides 169% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for vitamin C.  They also have minerals, such as potassium and folate.

So eat bell peppers for a snack or add them to scrambled eggs, mix into salads, or try them in these recipes:

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a medium pot with lid for the rice and a wide-bottom pot, such as a dutch oven. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven with lid is great.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR TEX MEX UNSTUFFED PEPPERS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

Clean the bell peppers and discard the seeds and membranes. Rough chop into 1/2 to 1 inch chunks. Chop the cilantro.

Chopped green and red bell peppers and cilantro on a cutting board for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

The corn tortillas act as a thickener as well as bring a familiar corn flavor to this dish!  Cut them into 1 inch long, 1/4 inch thick strips. Measure out all of the seasonings (onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and salt).

Hand holding tortillas cut into strips for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Can I use any other types of peppers?

Absolutely!  Poblano or Cubanelle peppers would be fantastic peppers to include.  These are less sweet than bell peppers, but do not carry much heat, so still a nice mild option.  If you want to add heat, then jalapeno peppers would be a great addition.  Of course, you can go with other peppers that carry even more heat, but then you are getting into “spicy” territory and I know my kids would run the other direction! 

Can I use fresh onion and garlic?

Of course fresh is always a preference, however, that will add prep time for dicing and mincing.  If you have the time, great!  When you get to the cooking steps, you will add these in half way through the chicken cooking. So you start searing and browning the chicken, then stir and add the onions and garlic, finish cooking the chicken, and then continue to follow the steps from there.

COOK YOUR TEX MEX UNSTUFFED PEPPERS

For the rice, I used a medium-grain brown rice because it adds more flavor than white rice.  However, you can of course use any rice that you prefer.  You can cook it ahead and store the rice in the fridge. Just warm it up before adding it to the pot in the step below.

Everything else cooks in one large pot.  I start with the peppers and then remove them while cooking the chicken so that they don’t get too mushy.  Cook the peppers only for 3-4 minutes, just until they start to glisten. Transfer the peppers to a plate.

Chopped green and red bell peppers cooking in pot for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

To the same pot/pan on high heat, add the ground chicken and seasoning blend.  Mix to combine, then let sit! Let it brown on one side for 3-4 minutes. Then stir again and let cook through for another 4-5 minutes, until there is no longer any pink – stirring after a few minutes to ensure even cooking.

Hand holding small bowl of seasonings over ground chicken cooking in pot for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Seasoned ground chicken cooking in pot for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Once the chicken is cooked, mix in the peppers you set aside, the canned diced tomatoes, green chilies, and tortilla strips. Turn the heat to Medium and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, mix in the rice and cook for a final 5 minutes covered.

Pouring broth into pot with ground chicken cooking, peppers, and tomatoes for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Mixing cooked rice into pot with ground chicken cooking, peppers, and tomatoes for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Turn off the heat and mix in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (the remaining will go on top) and chopped cilantro (leave a small amount for garnish).

Adding shredded cheese to pot of cooked Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Pot of Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken and cheese sprinkled on top op.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Serve a heaping bowlful with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese and cilantro.

Can I freeze this?

Yes, this will freeze quite well.  Cool the cooked recipes in the fridge first, then freeze in a freezer-safe container.  It will keep for 4-6 months.  When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it in the fridge for 24 hours before reheating.  You can also reheat it from frozen state in the oven 350 F degrees for 60 minutes or until the center is hot.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Bowl of Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken with a dollop of sour cream and a tortilla chip dipped in.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

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Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken

Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken takes a stuffed pepper and deconstructs it is so it's super easy to make.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, and corn tortillas. Finally, nutty and hearty brown rice is mixed and cooked in with all of this goodness to created one delicious dinner.  It's smokey, savory, hearty, and utterly delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken recipes, easy dinner, ground chicken, rice, stuffed peppers, Tex Mex
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 379 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Uncooked Brown Rice (you can use white)
  • 3 Sweet Bell Peppers (red, yellow, green, or orange)
  • 1 pound Ground Chicken (I used 99% lean)
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1.5 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 28 ounces Diced Tomatoes
  • 4 ounces Green Chilies (1 can)
  • 5 Corn tortillas, size 6”
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped

Optional Toppings (not included in Calories per serving)

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped

Instructions

Prep Steps

  1. Clean the bell peppers and discard the seeds and membranes. Rough chop into 1/2 to 1 inch chunks. Chop the cilantro.

    Chopped green and red bell peppers and cilantro on a cutting board for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.
  2. Cut the tortillas into 1 inch long, 1/4 inch thick strips. Measure out all of the seasonings (onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and salt).

    Hand holding tortillas cut into strips for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Cooking Steps

  1. Cook the rice. Rinse the rice under water in a strainer until the water runs clear. Add to 2 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring up to a boil. Turn the water down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Once the rice is done, turn off the heat, but leave the pot covered and undisturbed until you are ready to use. (NOTE: you can also do this step ahead and store the rice in the fridge. Just warm it up before adding it to the pot in the step below).)

  2. Preheat a large pot/pan on High heat. To the hot pan, add the olive oil and chopped peppers. Stir to coat in oil and then let cook for 3-4 minutes, just until they start to glisten. Transfer the peppers to a plate.

    Chopped green and red bell peppers cooking in pot for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.
  3. To the same pot/pan on high heat, add another teaspoon of olive oil, the ground chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Mix to combine, then let sit! Let it brown on one side for 3-4 minutes. Then stir again and let cook through for another 4-5 minutes, until there is no longer any pink – stirring after a few minutes to ensure even cooking.

    Seasoned ground chicken cooking in pot for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, mix in the peppers you set aside, the canned diced tomatoes, green chilies, and tortilla strips. Turn the heat to Medium and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, mix in the rice and cook for a final 5 minutes covered.

    Pouring broth into pot with ground chicken cooking, peppers, and tomatoes for Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.
  5. Turn off the heat and mix in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (the remaining will go on top) and chopped cilantro (leave a small amount for garnish).

    Adding shredded cheese to pot of cooked Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.
  6. Serve a heaping bowlful with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese and cilantro. Enjoy!

    Bowl of Tex Mex Unstuffed Peppers with Ground Chicken with a dollop of sour cream and a tortilla chip dipped in.  Juicy Sweet Bell Peppers are chopped up and cooked with the Tex Mex style ground chicken, tomatoes, Mexican seasonings, cheese, rice and corn tortillas.

Easiest Baked Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
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Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Taquitos, Taquitos, oh how I love Taquitos.  I mean, what says I love you more than giving someone a delicious, crispy taquito?  This Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe is so easy! The Taquitos are crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, creamy cheddar cheese, and bright scallions.  Roll and bake and you can make a ton in a short amount of time.  They are great for family dinner, a party, or just to say…I love you, my little taquito!

Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Easy Make-Ahead Dinner, Snack, Appetizer

One of the reasons this Chicken Taquitos Recipe is so fantastic, is because it’s so versatile and convenient.  You can make 2 dozen of these little babies ahead and freeze them before baking and then pull them out a few at a time to bake for an afterschool snack or easy dinner!  Or make them ahead for a party.  Another great make ahead dinner/snack/app is my Hanky Panky Cheesy Meat Canapes.  

The other great thing about these Taquitos?  They keep my obsession with Mexican food alive and kicking!  Woo Hoo!  Here are some of my favorite easy Mexican Dinner Recipes.

Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a small-medium pot to make the chicken mixture.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR CHICKEN TAQUITOS RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Prep-ahead for the Chicken Taquitos recipe is great because you can do it all but bake.  You can roast the chicken, shred the chicken, mix the filling mixture, and roll the taquitos.  You will then either need to immediately bake them or freeze them.

For roasting the chicken, its very simply rubbing each breast with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Then roast in the oven 400 F degrees for 25 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.

Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Once the chicken is cooked and cooled enough to handle, you can start to shred it using your fingers.

Shredded chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

For the filling, place the shredded chicken in the pot with the seasonings, scallions, and water.  Stir to combine and simmer so the flavors cook into the shredded chicken.

Shredded Chicken in pot for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Turn off the heat.  Rather than dirty another bowl, I simply mix the cheese right into the chicken in the pot.

Cheese added to Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Now the assembly! 

For the corn tortillas, you can use either white or yellow corn 5 or 6 inch in diameter.

You may need to warm the tortillas so they are pliable.  I do this by wrapping a stack of them in a damp paper towel and zapping them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

Corn tortilla wrapped in papertowel for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Lay 1 tortilla on a flat surface and place a small amount of the chicken filling on the tortilla. Roll the top of the tortilla down over the filling and tightly until fully rolled. Do this gently so as not to break the tortillas.

Filling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Rolling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

If the tortilla starts to unravel, secure it with 1 or 2 toothpicks. Place each of the rolled taquitos on an oiled sheet pan. Use a second pan if needed.

Chicken Taquitos on pan before baking. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

At this point, you really need to bake them or freeze them. If you try to store them in the fridge, they will dry out and start to crack and break open.

BAKE YOUR CHICKEN TAQUITOS

Turn the oven down to 350 F degrees.  Place the taquitos on the center rack (and top rack if you have 2 pans). Bake for 15 minutes until crisp.

Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

While the taquitos are baking, prep your toppings. Get the sour cream out, dice a tomato, chop the cilantro, crumble the cotija cheese (if needed).

Serve the taquitos fully loaded or let everyone choose their own toppings. ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Baked Crispy Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe is so easy! The Taquitos are crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, creamy cheddar cheese, and bright scallions.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, tacos, taquitos
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 Taquitos
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Roasted Chicken

  • 16 oz Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder

Taquitos

  • 24 5-6" Corn Tortillas
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Scallions

Toppings

  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 4 oz Cotija Cheese optional)

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Coat bottom of a sheet pan with olive oil. For easy clean up and to use the same sheet pan for the taquitos, line the pan with aluminum foil before adding the oil and roasting the chicken on that, then tossing it when done.

  2. Rub each breast with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Then roast in the oven 400 F degrees for 25 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.

    Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  3. Once the chicken is cooked and cooled enough to handle, you can start to shred it using your fingers.

    Shredded chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  4. Place the shredded chicken in a medium-size pot with the seasonings, scallions, and water.  Stir to combine, then bring to a light simmer so the flavors cook into the shredded chicken.

    Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  5. Turn off the heat.  Mix the cheese right into the chicken in the pot.

    Cheese added to Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  6. You may need to warm the tortillas so they are pliable.  I do this by wrapping a stack of them in a damp paper towel and zapping them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

    Corn tortilla wrapped in papertowel for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  7. Coat the bottom of the large sheet pan with olive oil.

  8. Lay 1 tortilla on a flat surface and place a small amount of the chicken filling near the top of the tortilla. Roll the top of the tortilla down over the filling and tightly until fully rolled. Do this gently so as not to break the tortillas.

    Rolling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  9. If the tortilla starts to unravel, secure it with 1 or 2 toothpicks. Place each of the rolled taquitos on the sheet pan. Use a second pan if needed.

    Chicken Taquitos on pan before baking. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  10. At this point, you really need to bake them or freeze them. If you try to store them in the fridge, they will dry out and start to crack and break open.

Bake your Taquitos

  1. Turn the oven down to 350 F degrees.

  2. Place the taquitos on the center rack (and top rack if you have 2 pans). Bake for 15 minutes until crisp.

    Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  3. While the taquitos are baking, prep your toppings. Get the sour cream out, dice a tomato, chop the cilantro, crumble the cotija cheese (if needed).

  4. Serve the taquitos fully loaded or let everyone choose their own toppings. Enjoy!

    Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Recipe Notes

  1. To make this recipe even easier, you can use 2 tbsp of your favorite Taco Seasoning in place of the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder.  
  2. You may need toothpicks to secure the taquitos so they do not unravel prior to baking.