Baked Taquitos

Here's a quick little dinner recipe that tastes great and is a healthy alternative to the fried taquito.  Although these are baked, they didn't come out soggy.  Instead that were nice and crispy, similar to fried taquitos.  I served mine with cilantro lime rice and it was a perfect pair.   

I found the recipe I based these off of on Pinterest.  The original recipe provides that the taquitos can be frozen and baked later.  I didn't get a chance to try freezing them because I ate them all.  But, I'm pretty sure you would have the same success freezing my modification of her recipe.  

Modified from: Pennies on a Platter

Here's what you need:
3 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup Salsa
1 Lime
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
2 cloves Garlic, minced
3 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
2 tbsp Green Onions, sliced
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 Taco Meat Season Packet of your choice
1 cup Mexican flavored cheese, finely shredded
12 small Tortillas
1 tbsp Butter, melted
Kosher Salt

Here's what you do:
1.  Cook the ground beef thoroughly.  Season according to instructions on your season packet. 

2.  Combine cream cheese, salsa, juice of half of the lime, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic, cilantro and green onions. 

3.  Add the ground beef to the cream cheese mixture.  Mix well. 

4.  Add the cheese to the cream cheese mixture.  Mix well. 

5.  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. 

6.  Microwave 2 or 3 tortillas for about 20 seconds to make them pliable and easy to work with.  Fill each tortilla with a portion of the mixture, beginning on one edge.  Roll the tortilla up, beginning with the edge that was filled.  Place seam side down in a baking dish or cookie sheet.  Repeat until all of the mixture is gone. 

7.  Brush the top of each tortilla with the melted butter. 

8.  Sprinkle the kosher salt on top of the tortillas. 

9.  Sprinkle the lime juice of the remaining one half of the lime on top of the tortillas. 

10.  Bake for about 20 minutes.   Remove when the tortillas begin to crisp.  


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