Beef Taquitos

My husband LOVES mexican food and so he loves it when I make these beef taquitos. I’ve made these numerous times and now I just make sure I always have tortillas, ground beef, salsa and chili powder on hand! We’ve even set-up a taquito assembly line and had my daughter help add in the filling, or sprinkle on the cheese.

Like tacos, only neater to eat, taquitos have plenty of kid appeal too. In Mexico, they’re often deep-fried, but baking them works well too. It’s easier and healthier, and the tortillas still turn golden brown and crispy around the edges. Served with salsa, sour cream and guacamole, they make a quick and satisfying lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for brushing on the taquitos
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red and/or green bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa, plus more for dipping
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400º. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and bell peppers and cook them for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the beef and use a wooden spoon or a spatula to break it up while it cooks, until it is no longer red, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of the salsa, the chili powder (if you like it HOT, feel free to add more), and the salt and pepper. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. Place the tortillas on a plate and cover them with damp paper towels. Microwave them until warm and pliable, about 45 seconds. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the beef mixture, spreading it to an inch from the edges. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the beef.
  3. Roll up the tortillas and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet with the seam sides down. Brush the taquitos lightly with vegetable oil, then bake them until the filling is heated through and the tortillas are lightly browned, about 8 to 12 minutes. Serve them hot with sour cream and/or salsa. Serves 4 to 6.
    I like to make my taquitos pretty hardy, as you can see, but you can make them as big or thin as you want. These are about to go into the oven!
    Fresh out of the oven!
    Gotta serve with homemade guacamole!

    Full recipe can be found at: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/beef-taquitos-687272/

    Enjoy!

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