Make your favorite The Cheesecake Factory appetizer at home—it's so much easier than you'd think. This is also a genius way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken.Recipe courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory
Is there any better feeling than waking up to already prepared breakfast? Prepare these potato chorizo taquitos the night before, keep in the fridge overnight and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Easy as pie. Recipe courtesy of Mexican Please
The thought of making breakfast in the morning is cause enough to hit snooze. Luckily, these baked taquitos make for an easy breakfast of champions. Customize the recipe to your liking, swapping out what you dislike and putting in what you do.Recipe courtesy of Mexican Please
I wasn't entirely sure if taquitos were authentically Mexican, but it turns out that they are mainly sold there as tacos dorados (and actually if they are made with flour tortillas, they are flautas). This version requires some fry time but they are relatively easy to throw together for an impromptu get-together. Click here to see 8 Quick & Easy Taco Recipes.
It was more than a decade ago that I fell in love with the flautas at Chico's Tacos in El Paso, Texas. That visit started a craving that was finally, finally sated, in New York City no less. Chico's Tacos were brought back from Texas, special delivery, packaged in Tupperware that was more expensive than the actual tacos, frozen until I could get to them, and finally reconstituted (Thanks, Mom).
Eating Chico's Tacos once again did two things. First, it made the need to be able to eat them more consistently a necessity. Second, tasting the original rendition reestablished the flavor profile required to be able to do that. Crispy fried taquitos, covered in thinly shredded cheese, and drenched in red watery sauce — dripping, crunchy, melted cheese-drink-the-sauce flautas goodness.
Creating a recipe for a renowned dish is tricky. You can theorize, you can do trial and error, or you can do what was done here: Look to see what's out there already. There's no official site for Chico's Tacos and, as far as anyone can seem to tell, no officlal recipe out there for how to best make these signature tacos.
The two most prominent recipes out there are by The Stanton Magazine and Mexican American Border Cooking. They provide some really insightful guidance on different possible approaches to a successful dish. This recipe uses a home fryer and fresh ingredients for all components for a rendition that looks and tastes pretty close to the original. Oh, and don't forget the toothpicks. You need them to keep the taquitos closed when frying them. (If anyone knows a better way, please chime in.)