Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Hope you enjoy my chicken taquitos recipe! It's great for a party. Photo by Veronica Hill.

Hope you enjoy my chicken taquitos recipe! It’s great for a party. Photo by Veronica Hill.

My deep-fried chicken taquitos recipe is perfect for a party, frying up quickly and serving a crowd of up to 10 people. I like to make these for Super Bowl, alongside my homemade salsa and guacamole. It’s also really tasty served with avocado salsa, Mexican sour cream and cotija cheese!

Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Rating: 51

Serving Size: 8

Chicken Taquitos Recipe


  • 1 lb shredded cooked chicken (or two 12.5-ounce canned chicken, drained)
  • 1 half onion, small dice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp ground chili powder
  • 1 Tsp sea salt or regular salt
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 24 5-inch corn tortillas, or flour tortillas (the red and green look cool!)
  • Enough oil deep frying
  • Mexican crema (or sour cream), guacamole, cotija cheese and shredded lettuce, for garnish


  1. First shred your cooked chicken. Dice and mince onion and garlic. Measure out the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over med-high heat. Add the onion and lightly stir for 3 to 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  3. Next add the garlic and lightly stir another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and mix well.
  5. Add the rest of the seasonings and coat the chicken well by stirring.
  6. Stir in the water, cover and simmer until the water has evaporated. About 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Remove lid and let rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes. You can also stir in a quarter cup of fresh chopped cilantro at this point
  8. After the chicken as cooled, warm up the tortillas slightly in a microwave for easier rolling.
  9. Next place about 2 Tbsp of chicken in each tortilla and roll them up. Place tooth pick through the flap to hold the roll in place.
  10. Deep fry or pan fry the taquitos in 350 degrees F. for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  11. Serve with my homemade guacamole, cotija cheese and Mexican crema or sour cream.
  12. Note: Cotija cheese and Mexican crema are found in the Mexican section of most supermarkets in California. Cotija is similar to feta cheese. You can omit these garnishes and just enjoy the dish with guacamole and sour cream.

Recipe by Jason Hill /