Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beef Taquitos

Taquitos were a favorite appetizer of mine when we lived in Arizona but I have never made them at home before. I thought I would try out this recipe that I found and I am glad that I did. The kids loved that they could pick them up to eat them and that they had a few different "dips" to eat with them. Definitely a do again recipe! Try this with my homemade guacamole - it would be perfect!!

Beef Taquitos
(Recipe found in Family Fun)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for brushing on the taquitos
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup salsa, plus more for dipping
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
10 (6") flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or monterey jack
sour cream, guacamole (optional)

Heat the oven to 400. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook them, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking up lumps, until it's no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Stir in the salsa, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Place the tortillas on a plate and cover them with damp paper towels. Microwave the tortillas until they are warm and pliable, about 45 seconds. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the beef mixture. Spread the mixture to an inch from the edge and sprinkle cheese evenly over the beef. Roll up the tortillas and place them seam side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Brush lightly with oil, then bake them until the filling is heated through and the tortillas are lightly browned, about 8-12 minutes. Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

Serves: 5
Points: 10

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