Chicken Taquitos (Rolled Tacos)

Super Easy Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos (taquitos) are a delicious snack or meal! These rolled tacos are packed with chicken and cream cheese and are full of Mexican flavors!

Roll up the chicken filling in corn or flour tortillas for the perfect meal or snack. Bake them in the oven or cook them in your air fryer for a fast and easy meal!

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Chicken Taquitos piled high ready to eat

We love tacos of any kind and these Chicken Taquitos are delicious! They are easy to make and a delicious meal or snack! They are freezer friendly and something everyone will love!

The Filling for Chicken Taquitos

This filling comes together in no time at all! You have cooked, chopped chicken, cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, green salsa, cilantro, green onions. lime juice and some seasonings!

The great thing about the filling is you can make it to your liking. If you want the rollups super cheesy, add more cheese. You can adjust the seasonings to your liking and leave out anything you may not like, like the cilantro.

Chicken and cream cheese filling for Chicken Taquitos

Making Your Rolled Tacos (Taquitos)

The recipe makes about 14-18 corn tortilla rolled tacos or 10-14 flour tortilla rolled tacos (depending on how much filling is used in each taco).

Just mix all of the ingredients together. I let my cream cheese sit out to room temperature while I prepare the rest of the ingredients. This helps me mix it a bit better!

Choose either flour tortillas or corn tortillas.

We love the rolled tacos using corn tortillas but flour tortillas are yummy too!

Scoop some filling to each tortilla. You will use less filling for smaller corn tortillas and more for larger flour tortillas.

Cream cheese and chicken filling scooped in. Tablespoon to be rolled in a corn tortilla to make a rolled taco
Chicken filling on a corn tortilla to be rolled up into a rolled taco
Rolled up chicken and cream cheese filling in a corn tortilla to make a rolled taco taquito

Before baking or air frying the chicken taquitos spray them with cooking spray and sprinkle some coarse/kosher salt on top. (This is optional).

Baking Super Easy Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos

If you choose to bake the chicken taquitos you will roll up the filling in each tortilla. Spray them with cooking spray and sprinkle them with coarse salt if desired.

Rolled tacos on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkled with coarse salt

They will bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Every oven cooks different so cook them until they are crispy on the edges or bake them to your liking.

Rolled Tacos

Air Fryer Rolled Tacos

Air Fryer Taquitos are crispy and tasty!

These tasty rolled tacos are easy to cook in the air fryer! They turn out perfectly crispy in minutes!

Prepare the rolled tacos like the recipe states then put them in your air fryer on 365 degrees. Let them cook for about 6 minutes. Your air fryer make cook a bit differently than mine so check the rolled tacos occasionally and adjust temperature and time as needed!

Rolled tacos in an air fryer

I love using the air fryer! Air Fryer Taquitos turn out perfectly crispy every time!

Crispy cooked rolled tacos in the air fryer

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Perfect Snack or Dinner – Freezer Meal Also

These Easy Rolled Tacos are delicious as a snack or dinner and they make and easy freezer meal!

Make the rolled tacos and roll them up like the recipe states. Place them on a baking sheet and then place the baking sheet in the freezer.  (Do not bake before freezing). Once they are frozen (or almost frozen), put the frozen rolled tacos in a zip top bag and freeze them for later.

BAKING FROZEN CHICKEN TAQUITOS: When you are ready to eat them, just take them out of the freezer, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them at 400 degrees until heated through!

AIR FRYING CHICKEN TAQUITOS: Place the frozen chicken taquitos in your air fryer at 365 degrees Fahrenheit and cook until crispy. (You air fryer may cook differently than mine. Start at 365 degrees and change the temperature as needed.) They should be done in about 6 minutes but watch them closely.

Rolled tacos cooked in the air fryer
Fast and Easy Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos | The Butcher's Wife

Tips for the Tortillas

Corn tortillas can sometimes not roll easily. They tend to crack and tear. I have found that they need to be heated a little bit but also roll best if they are moistened a bit.

I have found if you get the tortillas a little bit wet and heat them for about 30 seconds in your microwave they roll up so much easier and won’t tear and crack as much!

I use thin style corn tortillas. I spray the tortillas (front and back) with cooking spray and then run them under a trickle of water. The cooking spray makes the tortillas not stick together when heating.

Place them in a zip lock bag (not closed) or wrap them in damp paper towels. I work with 5 to 6 at a time. I have found if I heat too many they still crack. Heat them for bout 30 seconds! Repeat with the other tortillas until the filling is used!

Try These Tasty Recipes!

If you love rolled tacos (taquitos) try my Chicken Bacon Ranch Rollups or my Cream Cheese Jalapeno Taquitos!

Cream Cheese Jalapeno Taquitos

Or try my Buffalo Ranch Taquitos

plate of stacked buffalo chicken ranch taquitos

Or try Enchilada Taco Rollups!

Enchilada Taco Rollups | enchilada taco meat rolled in a crispy, baked tortilla

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Super Easy Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos (Taquitos)

These rolled tacos are packed with chicken and cream cheese and are full of Mexican flavors! Roll up the chicken filling in corn or flour tortillas for the perfect meal or snack.
Makes about 12-14 corn tortilla rolled tacos or 8-10 flour tortilla rolled tacos (depending on how much filling is used in each taco).
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword rolled taco, rollup, taquito
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
If Cooking in Air Fryer 6 minutes
Servings 14 taquitos
Author Beth, The Butcher’s Wife

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced or ground chicken
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup pepper jack or Monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup green salsa (mild-unless you want them really spicy) I love Herdez Brand or La Victoria
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 12-14 corn tortillas or 8-10 flour tortillas *see notes about rolling the corn tortillas
  • cooking spray or olive oil and kosher salt for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix chicken, cream cheese, salsa, grated cheese, cilantro and green onions and mix until well combined.
  • Add the lime juice and spices and mix well.
  • Place 1-2 tbsp. of your chicken filling in the center of a corn tortilla (you will use a bit more filling if using flour tortillas). Roll up the tortilla and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    You will end up with more rolled tacos if you use corn tortillas because you will not use as much filling per tortilla. I usually get 12-14 corn tortilla rolled tacos, and 8-10 flour tortilla rolled tacos.
    *see the blog post above about rolling corn tortillas so they don’t crack and tear as much!
  • Continue rolling your tacos until all of the filling is gone, lining up the rolled tacos on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper as you go. Spray the rolled tacos with cooking spray or lightly brush with olive oil and lightly sprinkle each rolled taco with a little bit of kosher salt.
  • Bake rolled tacos for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown on the edges.
  • We love our rolled tacos with ranch dressing or Green Salsa Ranch Dressing.
  • These rolled tacos can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days and can be reheated in the oven at 400° until heated through or can be reheated in the microwave.

Air Fryer Cooking

  • Prepare the rolled tacos and then cook in your air fryer on 365 °F for about 6 minutes. Check them after about 5 minutes and cook them until they are crispy and browned or done to your liking!
    *Each brand of air fryer will cook a bit different. Adjust your temperature and cooking time accordingly.

Notes

See the blog post above for some tips on how to roll corn tortillas so they don’t crack and tear as much!
These rolled tacos freeze perfectly for a meal another day (or snack).  Just make the rolled tacos and roll them up, place them on a baking sheet and then place the baking sheet in the freezer.  (Do not bake before freezing). Once they are frozen, put the frozen rolled tacos in a zip top bag and freeze them for later. When you are ready to eat them, just take them out of the freezer, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them at 400 degrees until heated through!
You can also make the filling and freeze just the filling in a freezer safe container for up to 6 months.  Thaw the filling, roll and cook the taquitos just like the recipe states when you are ready to eat it!
We love to dip our Rolled Tacos in my Green Salsa Ranch Dressing.
 
Super Easy Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos | The Butcher's Wife
Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos | The Butcher's Wife
Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos | The Butcher's Wife
Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos | The Butcher's Wife
Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos | The Butcher's Wife
Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos | The Butcher's Wife
Chicken and Cream Cheese Rolled Tacos | The Butcher's Wife

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