Chipotle Turkey Taquitos

Um…..more Mexican food today.  I may possibly be a bit obsessed with all things Mexican.  It is always my first thought when I’m trying to decide on something to make for supper.  Always.

I hope my family likes it as much as I do.  Pretty sure they do.  There’s generally cheering when I announce that we’re having tacos for supper.  As there should be.  Tacos are awesome.

Chipotle Turkey Taquitos - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

I absolutely never get sick of Mexican food.  Every once in a while when it actually occurs to me to make a meal plan (Why on earth can’t I remember to do this every week?  It takes no time and makes my life so much simpler!  I’m just not organized enough to remember to do it every week.  Or month.  Oh well.) I find myself looking at my finished plan and realizing that every single day is Mexican food.  That’s maybe overkill.  Possibly.

But it would be tasty.  There just might not be cheering anymore when I announce some version of tacos for the sixth night in a row.  So I haven’t quite taken it to that extreme.  Yet.  But I want to.

And the latest obsession?  Turkey taquitos.  Baked chipotle turkey taquitos to be exact.  I’ve made these no less than three times in the last month, and we’re not sick of them yet.  Good thing, since there’s a giant batch of the things in the freezer for quick and easy meals and lunches.  These things are amazing.  So fast and easy to make, perfect for supper, for lunch the next day, or to freeze and have later.  And they’re healthy!

Chipotle Turkey Taquitos - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

My kids even loved them in their lunches, and there’s no way to reheat them at school.  Not sure I’d be on board with cold turkey taquitos, but they sure loved them.  They were sad when we ran out and they couldn’t have them for lunch the third day in a row.  They come by it honestly I suppose!  Hence the giant batch in the freezer.

The chipotle was a little too much for the kids so I left it out of theirs. So if you don’t like things too spicy, that is an option for a much milder version.  The first version I made of these was insanely spicy.  I haven’t used chipotle peppers much, so completely overdid it and we could hardly eat them.  They were tasty, but let’s just say that we weren’t dipping them in salsa!  Sour cream and lots of it.  If you like things super spicy feel free to double the chipotle peppers in these, they will be very tasty….but very spicy.  Or maybe we’re just wimps.  It’s possible.  We do have three children that insist pepper is spicy.  So there’s not a lot of heat in our meals these days.

Chipotle Turkey Taquitos - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Unless it’s something like these chipotle turkey taquitos, where I can easily make two versions!  The best of both worlds.  And everyone is happy.  So, adjust the spice to your taste.  This amount of chipotle peppers was perfect for us, but it’s very simple to adjust.  And there’s always salsa and sour cream on the side if you get it a little wrong the first time!

And if you’re feeling really energetic, you could even make the tortillas for the turkey taquitos.  We used these roasted red pepper ones and they were divine!

Chipotle Turkey Taquitos - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Chipotle Turkey Taquitos
Yield: 12 large, or 24 small taquitos
 
Note: The amount of heat in these can be adjusted easily. If you like things really spicy, simply increase the amount of chipotle peppers and adobe sauce in the meat mixture, up to double what's listed. If you want them to be nice and mild, omit the chipotle peppers, but add 1 teaspoon of chili powder to the meat mixture instead. It will be much milder but will still be nice and flavourful.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (453 g) ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped finely
  • ¼ can (186mL, 6.5 fl.oz.) chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, chopped finely (3-4 peppers plus 1-2 teaspoons of sauce)
  • 2½ cups shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella or monterey jack, or a combination)
  • 24 small or 12 large flour tortillas (I used these)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the turkey. Add the garlic, dried onion, cumin and coriander, and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes. Add the tomato and chipotle peppers with adobe sauce and continue cooking over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in the shredded cheese.
  3. Spoon the meat mixture onto a tortilla, about 2 tablespoons per tortilla if using small ones, and ¼ cup if using large ones. Place the meat in a line across the whole tortilla and roll it up tightly. Place it seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. If your tortillas are cracking when rolled up, they can be heated for 10-20 seconds in the microwave to make them more pliable.
  4. Brush the tops of the taquitos with the melted butter. Bake for 25-30 minutes until crisp and lightly browned. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
  5. Baked taquitos can be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until heated through.
Notes
Source: Inspired by Lauren’s Latest.
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Comments

  1. says

    haha we eat a slightly ridiculous amount of mexican food too – I could never ever get sick of it! LOVE the sound of these taquitos – especially with all that chipotle you used!

    • stacey says

      I totally used WAY too much the first time, although once our eyes stopped watering we still enjoyed them!! Taking the heat down a notch was needed for me though! Thanks Ashley!

    • stacey says

      Mmm, I need to make enchiladas sometime, though I’m not sure the kids would eat them, they don’t like sauce! Maybe just for me?! :) Thanks Kelly!

    • stacey says

      I actually really like the frozen ones you can buy too, but I’m fairly certain they can’t be considered a healthy meal, whereas I think that these aren’t too bad! Which always makes me happy, junk food that isn’t too junky! :) Thanks Ashley!

    • stacey says

      I love freezable stuff, so nice having stuff in the freezer for those busy nights, that’s still a home cooked meal! Thanks Kimberly!

  2. says

    I’m definitely obsessed with Mexican food, so keep those recipes comin’! These taquitos look amazing, Stacey! I love the turkey and spices in here, sounds perfect! These would make a great lunch for me, too. Pinned!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Gayle! My husband has been loving these for lunch, so easy to grab on his way out the door! Thanks for pinning!

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