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Pork Taquitos

Taquitos are a popular appetizer and these homemade ones are so much better than the frozen ones in the supermarket. If you want a little more punch to the filling, adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cooked pork
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup salsa verde
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • Toppings: sour cream, guacamole and additional salsa verde

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add the garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder and cayenne; cook 1 minute longer. Add the pork, cheese, cilantro, salsa and lime juice. Cook and stir until cheese is melted.
  • Place 2 tablespoons filling over lower third of each tortilla. Roll up tightly. Secure with toothpicks. Place taquitos on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack. Discard toothpicks. Place taquitos on a waxed paper-lined 15x10x1-in. baking sheet; freeze until firm. Transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • To use frozen taquitos: Arrange desired number of taquitos in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with toppings.
Nutrition Facts
1 taquito: 155 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.
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  • Brenda
    Jun 16, 2020

    Thought this would be a great way to get rid of some smoked pork butt. Read comments and had to fry the corn tortillas so they would roll. Assumed with the oil and the high heat of the oven it would "fry" the taquitos which is the way I like them. Unfortunately they were not very tasty and tough.

  • Bamster53
    Apr 6, 2018

    I made these last night. Filling was good but had a hard time rolling the corn tortillas without splitting, even after warming them in the microwave.

  • gina.kapfhamer
    May 25, 2017

    These pork taquitos were the perfect appetizer for Cinco de Mayo. Easy to make. They would probably freeze well too for a quick lunch option.

  • KarenKeefe
    May 6, 2017

    Easier than I thought to make. I, too, used microwave for corn tortillas before rolling (less fat). They were a great hit as an appetizer for our party!

  • zegunism
    Feb 4, 2017

    No comment left

  • Prrodriguez
    Mar 14, 2015

    My family loved these with my homemade salsa verde. Definately a keeper!

  • swwtsue
    Oct 27, 2014

    I've made these for 50 years. It is most important to fry tortillas about 3 seconds per side, drain between paper towels or newsprint or brown paper bags, then roll. Toothpicks are not always necessary if packed seam side down, waiting to fry. I raised 13 children, had many friends, made these 120 at a time regularly. Still making for great grandchildren and friends. Always a welcome treat.

  • sjacnsmith
    Jan 28, 2014

    Great flavor. I had a couple of tortillas split but I did well by steaming them before rolling. I used beef instead of pork, regular salsa instead of verde and left out the cilantro. Far better than the pre-made microwaveable ones!

  • jmkasprak
    Jun 6, 2013

    I made these again this evening, and I still struggled to keep them together. The ones that were the best I placed seam side down and skipped the toothpicks. The ones with toothpicks pulled away and curled up. If anyone knows what I'm doing wrong, please let me know.

  • jmkasprak
    Feb 10, 2013

    I made these for the Super Bowl. I used some leftover pork carnitas from Melissa D'Arabian's Burrito Bowl recipe (Food Network 10 Dollar Dinners). They were excellent. The first few taquitos that I rolled started splitting after a few minutes. To fix that, I had to microwave just one or two tortillas at a time on damp paper towels to soften them more. I think these were our favorite snack item of the night. (I did not freeze them so I cannot comment on that part of the process.)