Baked Chipotle Ranch Chicken Taquitos

by Shawnda on October 10, 2012

in Appetizers,Chicken & Poultry,Chipotle peppers,Cinco de Mayo,Freezer Friendly,Mexican & TexMex

Baked Chipotle Ranch Chicken Taquitos

What do you call these?

Baked Chipotle Ranch Chicken Taquitos

In most of the restaurants that we frequent here in southeast Texas, they’re called “flautas” and might be made with either corn or flour tortillas. On the freezer aisle, they’re called “taquitos” and I’ve only seen them made with corn tortillas. The internet seems to loves “taquito.”

Whatever you call them, they’re absolutely one of those convenience foods that are infinitely better when homemade.

We usually make flautas (taquitos) with leftover pulled pork, some chopped onion, and a little cheese – nothing else – and then dunk them into some Chuy’s-inspired Creamy Jalapeno Ranch or barbecue sauce (we have clearly-drawn battle lines in this house). This time, we put the ranch in the flautas.

Baked Chipotle Ranch Chicken Taquitos

You’ve probably seen the base for this recipe somewhere. It’s quite popular, having been made by some of my favorite bloggers. Our version uses a homemade Chipotle Ranch Dressing instead of salsa. The chipotle ranch is killer as a dipper for sweet potato fries and it’s even better here.

I doubled the recipe (big batch shown below) to make sure that we have plenty of good football eats on hand for the weekends, and ended up with nearly quadruple the taquitos (flautas) because I used the smallest tortillas I could find (~5 inches). And instead of individually wrapping each flauta (taquito) destined for the freezer (no way), I just bagged them up in 2 large freezer bags after freezing solid on baking sheets. Nothing stuck together and I didn’t waste a ton of plastic wrap.

I also did an even split between corn and flour. Corn tortillas get crispier in the oven but I prefer the taste and texture of flour tortillas much more (another southeast Texas thing). And they’re a lot easier to work with, though I have to confess – I only had 1 corn tortilla tear on me this time. My failure rate is usually much, much higher. Like near slamming cabinet doors and expletive levels.

Baked Chipotle Ranch Chicken Taquitos (Flautas)

Creamy baked chicken taquitos dressed up with a homemade chipotle ranch dressing. It's the perfect snack for gameday.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup Chipotle Ranch Dressing (or a store-bought equivalent)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 4 chicken breasts, shredded
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used half cheddar, half monterrey jack)
  • 2 dozen 6-inch corn or flour tortillas (or ~4 dozen 5-inch tortillas)
  • Guacamole, for serving (optional)
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions

If you despise shredding chicken like I do, check out this tip to do it in seconds!
  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment or Silpat (if not preparing for the freezer).
  2. Mix together the cream cheese, ranch dressing, chili powder, cumin, onion, garlic, and cilantro until uniform (a mixer makes this easier but can be done by hand).
  3. Fold in the chicken and shredded cheese until well coated.
  4. Spoon ~3 Tbsp of filling into a line across the lower 1/3 each tortilla.
  5. If using corn tortillas, work with 3 at a time, microwaving for 15-20 seconds on a plastic wrapped plate before filling and rolling.
  6. Roll each tortilla up tightly and place seam-side down on the pan.
  7. To freeze, stop here. Place the pan(s) into the freezer and freeze solid, ~2 hours, and then transfer to a large ziptop bag.
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes (~25 if frozen), until crispy (and lightly browned, if using flour tortillas).
  9. Serve with additional chipotle ranch, guacamole, and sour cream if desired.

Notes

Yields: 2-4 dozen, depending on tortilla size

Adapted from Our Best Bites via Pink Parsley

Estimated time: 45 minutes

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1 Connie October 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

Yum! I never thought about baking homemade taquitos, only the frozen pre-made ones. I refer to the ones made with corn tortillas as taquitos and the ones made with flour tortillas as flautas. At least that is what my friend’s abuelita calls them ;-) Whatever you call them, they make a tasty appetizer or snack :-)

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2 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

I love taquitos! I always thought flautas were with corn tortillas and taquitos with flour. But I probably made that up.

I love making the baked version and I’ve actually never had any other kind. I guess I should try the fried version some time. But you make the baked version look so good. :)

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3 Tiffany October 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

These look delicious! We call them taquitos around here; I’ve never heard of flautas.

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4 Brandi October 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Come on, we both know that REAL taquitos are breakfast tacos from Whataburger! Who can pass up a potato and egg taquito? :) By the way, I live in Houston too.

These flautas look great! I’m going to add these to my list for next week. I’m pregnant with triplets and on bed rest so I need freezable meals. Perfect, thanks!!

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5 Delia October 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I love the idea for this variation. Though I’m usually pretty high on the corn tortilla failure rate. I may be making these soon.

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6 Jessica October 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

great post! I love the pics!

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7 wordchef @w ordchefscorner October 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm

You had me at Chipotle Ranch… These look awesome! I am from Houston as well, and just the thought of Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno is making me salivate. :)

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8 Christina @ Diary of a Teenage Baker October 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I definitely thought these looked/sounded familiar – I really need to try these now! My taquito experiences have been limited to the frozen kind thus far.

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9 Julie October 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Taquitos are skinny (look like they were wrapped around a fat pencil). Flautas are much fatter. I love how Mexican food is so accommodating to different preferences of shell-to-filling ratios.

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10 Joanne October 11, 2012 at 4:51 am

Somewhere in my mind I must have known that flautas and taquitos were the same thing but just never put the pieces together. How funny. Whatever you call them, they sound ├╝ber tasty!

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11 Liz Parker October 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

At all the taqerias here in the San Diego area, corn is taquito and flour is flauta. And, I like both equally the same! Love this recipe and reminds me I only have 3 left in the freezer (made with whole wheat flour). :-)

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12 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch October 11, 2012 at 6:22 am

These look delicious! And that dipping sauce? Mercy!

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13 thyme (sarah) October 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

They look like a perfect weeknight family dinner for over here. And I’m hungry right now. And its time for dinner!

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14 Nicole @ Culinary Cool October 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

Holy Moly, hook me up with a plate full of those!!

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15 Hezzi-D October 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

These look so good! I love the ranch in the taquitos.

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16 Melanie October 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Being from southern California, not all that far from Mexico, I have always seen “taquitos” with corn tortillas and “flautas” with flour :) Taquitos are one of my favorites…topped with lettuce, sour cream, gaucamole and of course, don’t forget the hot sauce!

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17 Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes} October 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

Mexican, or Tex Mex always confuses me with the names. But I’m a big fan, and eat them all nonetheless. These look awesome. Sure wish I had some right now!

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18 Scott Hendrickson November 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

From my understanding (from So Cal) taquitos are made with Corn Tortillas and Flautas are made with Flour Tortillas. I believe that to be the only difference and how to designate what to call it.

Additionally, I have never have been able to eat frozen taquitos. Once you make homemade, frozen is disgusting.

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19 Angela January 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

These are fantastic! I’m so glad I fell upon your website and this recipe. I made taquitos according to your directions with one modification: I brushed garlic oil on top of the tortillas before baking. The chipotle ranch dressing is fabulous and your tips for freezing were very helpful. I will be making these again. Thank you!

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20 Sandi January 20, 2013 at 6:29 am

I’ll be making these this weekend for sure. Love that they are baked, not fried.

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21 Kim March 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Oh my! I just made these tonight and I sat back, ate my taquitos, and reveled in the praise and admiration of my cooking prowess. Teehee.

Even the kids asked for seconds.

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22 Tara April 5, 2013 at 6:06 am

love love LOVE the idea of using this chipotle ranch IN the taquitos!! Brilliant girl you are!

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23 Kristina May 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

I made these for cinco de mayo (with margaritas of course) and they were yummy!

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24 Clare September 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

If you dunk the corn tortillas in simmering low sodium chicken stock for about 10 seconds, they will not crack and break and when you bake them in the oven they taste like they were fried and get super-crispy. I actually had a hard time convincing my husband that I had not fried them!

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