Easy Appetizer: Taquitos

Taquitos1Taquitos are addictive party food that is so easy and quick to do. Crunchy, meaty, and tasty taquitos are versatile snacks or easy appetizers that will stand out in almost any occasion. Leave them on the table in a room full of people and they will be gone in no time. They’re perfect for pool parties, graduation, birthdays, or even cocktails. Both adults and children will have a blast eating this with an ice cold beverage.

This recipe for easy taquitos is made with shredded beef. What’s great about this dish is that you can make this when you have leftover meat and don’t know what to do with it. Simply shred the meat into pieces, wrap it in the tortilla with some peppers, top it with grated cheese, cook it in the oven, and voila! You have a quick and satisfying snack. If you want something heavier, pack the tortilla with beans and vegetables for a full and healthy meal. If beef is not your meat of choice, you can still make this easy taquito recipe with almost any kind of meat you prefer, whether chicken, pork, fish, turkey, or duck. You can also make a vegetarian version of this recipe by loading the tortilla wrapper with sweet roasted bell peppers, different kinds of mushrooms, onions, corn, and beans.

 

Taquitos2Ingredients:

5-10 corn tortillas

1 lb. Shredded beef

1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

2 tsp garlic

1 jalapeno chopped

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

 

Preparation Instructions:

Boil beef until tender. Shred apart. Mix spices into a small amount of olive oil and heat in a pan, lightly baste shredded beef. Individually heat tortillas for 20 seconds in microwave or for a minute or two in an iron skillet. You can also toast them in a toaster. Place beef and chopped jalapenos in the tortillas and wrap. They should make neat little rolls. Sprinkle cheese on the prepared rolls and heat for 2-5 minutes in oven until nice and hot and cheese is melted. Serve very warm.

Traditional taquitos are often filled with beef, chicken, pork, potatoes, cheese, or vegetables. The fillings depend upon what region the dish is actually from. They are generally served with salsa and guacamole. In Mexico, these can be made filled with potatoes and are served with eggs. In the United States, they are very popular as a frozen food item. You can even find them at certain convenience stores served in a variety of flavors.

Source: www.gourmandia.com

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