This homemade baked beef taquito recipe may become your family’s next favorite Mexican recipe. When Mark and I got married I had to introduce him to Mexican dishes. His family had pretty much been meat, potatoes, and gravy folks.
As our kids grew up we introduced them to our favorite Mexican meals, and they have all carried on that food tradition with their own families.
This week we’ve had our favorite taco salad, some enchiladas, some burritos, and now these taquitos. Yes, we love Mexican food a lot! This recipe is fairly inexpensive to make and is for sure a crowd-pleaser to serve at your next family reunion or neighborhood party. In case you missed this post, How To Make Salsa That Is Safe To Can
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Baked Beef Taquitos Ingredients
Be sure to preheat your oven to 400 degrees. I like to set my oven to use the convection feature since it seems to cook things more evenly. Cook the ground beef and onions, drain off any excess liquid, and gather the other ingredients so you’re ready to go.
Grab a medium saucepan, combine the 2 cans of chili con carne and the cream cheese, making sure the cream cheese is fully melted.
Now, add the the cooked ground beef and onion mixture.
Make sure everything is thoroughly combined.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, or spray vegetable oil on the cookie sheet to keep the taquitos from sticking to the cookie sheet.
Scoop a 1/8 cup (I used a cookie scoop, and an ice cream scoop would work too) of the mixture and spread it down the middle of each tortilla. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of the mixture. Tightly roll the tortilla into the taquito shape.
Place the taquitos on the cookie sheet with the open side down. As you can see, one cookie sheet will hold 16 taquitos.
After the taquitos are filled and placed on the cookie sheet they are almost ready to bake. I like to spry them with a heavy coat of vegetable spray which will make them crispy as part of the baking process.
Bake them for 20-30 minutes until they are golden brown. Feel free to serve them with the Mexican Sour Cream, salsa, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. I’m sure your family will really enjoy these taquitos.
How do I store the cooked taquitos?
Once I cooked these and let them cool, we put them in some freezer-safe Zip Lock bags. Some I put in the refrigerator for eating in a couple of days, the others I put in the freezer (see below).
How do I reheat the taquitos?
My favorite, and the easiest way to reheat these taquitos, is in the microwave. We have a plastic cover to make sure they don’t spray the contents as they’re reheated, but you can also use a damp paper towel.
I usually set the cooking time for about one minute. Set it longer if cooking more than one. Some people like to fry theirs as a reheating option.
You can also put them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees (spray the vegetable spray on them again) and bake for about 15 minutes or until heated through.
Can I freeze the cooked taquitos?
Mark and I love to eat our favorite meals as leftovers later on. Put a bunch in freezer bags and pull them out after a few weeks for a fun “rerun” of these delicious taquitos, you’ll be glad you did. Thaw the frozen taquitos in the refrigerator. Reheat as shown above.
What can I serve with these baked beef taquitos?
Besides the items listed above as good companion condiments for the taquitos, we like to spread sour cream on the top after they’re cooked. We also love to dip them in guacamole, they taste wonderful that way. We often add chips and salsa with our Mexican meals for a special touch of flavor.
Beef Taquitos Recipe
- 2 cans Chili Con Carne/without beans (I love the Hormel brand)
- 1 8- ounce cream cheese, softened
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 16 flour tortillas (small 8-inch size)
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- Limes squeezed when serving, optional
- Drizzle Cacique Crema Mexican Agria Sour Cream, optional
- Cilantro, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. I used my Convection setting. Cook the ground beef with onions, drain excess liquid. Grab a medium saucepan, combine the 2 cans of chili, the cream cheese, and the cooked ground beef with the onion. Stir until cream cheese is melted and the mixture is thoroughly combined.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet or spray vegetable oil on the cookie sheet to keep them from sticking to the pan. Scoop a 1/8 cup ( I used a cookie scoop) and spread the mixture down the middle of each tortilla. Sprinkle with a little cheese on top of the mixture. Tightly roll the taquitos and place the open side down. One cookie sheet will hold 16 taquitos. After the taquitos are filled and ready to bake, spray a heavy coat of vegetable spray on them to make them crispy. Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Serve with Mexican Sour Cream, Salsa, Cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy.
I hope you try my homemade baked beef taquito recipe, it’s so easy and super yummy! If you have kids you’ll find they love them right out of the oven, or as a “leftovers for dinner” meal.
If you have a pantry of food items along with your refrigerator stash, you should have most of the ingredients to make this fun meal.
It’s all about storing food items your family enjoys and using those items to make meal preparation much easier. Here’s to being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda