Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

Fact: I can turn any leftover shredded meat into a taquito. It's a life skill, really. I need to update my resume to include this little factoid; I bet it would make me very hire-able.

But seriously, though. I do enjoy using leftover shredded meat for taquitos for a couple of reasons: 1. Taquitos are delicious, duh! And 2. I love, love, love listening to my boys trying to say "taquito." 

"What are we having for dinner, boys?"




Tweetos, you guys. That's almost as good as sauce cake, am I right?

Anyway, I made this particular version of "tweetos" with the chicken I had left over from Monday's sandwiches. They were so delicious -- creamy from the cream cheese, with a spicy kick from the Mexican spices and green chilies, and a burst of sweetness and texture from the corn. And since this recipe still made a ton, I actually got three uses out of the chicken: I froze half of the taquitos for a later meal. 

(By the way, I know that these are technically flautas since I use flour tortillas -- I prefer them because they're easier to work with. But "flauta" isn't nearly as fun for my boys to taquitos it is.)

Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

2 cups shredded baon ranch chicken meat
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
3 tablespoons ranch dressing
1 can corn kernels, drained
1 4-ounce can green chilies
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
15-20 6-inch flour tortillas
Ranch dressing for dipping

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients through garlic powder and mix until thoroughly combined.

3. Working in batches, heat the flour tortillas in the microwave for 10-20 seconds per batch until pliable. Add about 3 tablespoons of filling to each tortilla and roll tightly. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with all tortillas and filling.

4. Spray the taquitos with cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.