Homemade taquitos are an easy and delicious recipe that the whole family will love. They can be made as a snack, lunch or dinner! The best thing about them is that they are versatile. The ones I’m sharing with you today are made from potatoes and ground beef.
What I love about making taquitos is that you can fill them with whatever you want. chicken, beef, ground beef and potatoes or if you want a meatless option just potatoes.
I had ground beef in the freezer and some potatoes I needed to do something with so that’s why I decided on this combination.
For todays recipe you’ll need ground beef, onion, garlic cloves, roma tomatoes, oil, potatoes, corn tortillas and some seasonings. Plus whatever garnishes you want to put on your taquitos.
These taquitos are a simple meal made with simple ingredients but boy are they filled with flavor. Then the the various garnishes you can add to them make them even better.
How to make taquitos
The first step is to brown the ground beef. I used one pound. Once the beef is browned transfer it to a paper towel lined plate or bowl to drain.
Then heat up some oil in the same pot and heat it up over medium heat. Then add the onion and garlic. Cook for one minute then add the tomatoes. Cook for about 5-7 minutes. Add the ground beef and seasonings and stir well. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes.
Now we can start on the potatoes. Peel and chop up the potatoes and put them in a pot and cover with water. Bring the potatoes to a boil. Let them boil until tender. This will take 10-15 minutes.
Once the potatoes are done drain them and start mashing them. Try not to leave any large chunks of potatoes. Once they’re mashed up real good add them to the pot with the ground beef and mix well.
Now that we have our filling ready it is time to heat up the tortillas.
This step is so important do not skip it. Heating up the tortillas allows you to roll up the taquitos without them breaking.
Heat up a skillet on high heat and once the skillet is hot heat up one tortilla at a time for about 15 seconds on each side then set the tortillas on a plate.
Assembling the homemade taquitos
Take a spoonful of the beef and potato filling and spread it on the tortilla. Don’t put too much filling on it or it will be hard to close the taquito.
Gently roll up the tortilla until it’s closed. Put a toothpick through it to make sure it stays closed.
Repeat the above steps until all of the filling is gone.
We’re almost done! All that’s left to do is fry the taquitos. Heat up enough oil for frying in a large skillet over medium high heat. Make sure the oil is deep enough that the taquitos will be totally submerged in the oil.
Once the oil is hot fry 3-4 taquitos at a time until they turn a golden color. This will only take a couple of minutes. Transfer the fried taquitos to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain.
The taquitos shown in the photo below are different colors because some of them are yellow corn tortillas and some of them are white corn tortillas.
I had both kinds of tortillas so I used up all of them. You can use the tortillas of your choice it won’t make a difference.
This recipe makes anywhere from 35-40 taquitos.
It does make a lot of taquitos but these little things are addicting and you’ll want to eat at least five!
My favorite part about taquitos are the garnishes. I love eating them with salsa, lettuce and sour cream. Avocadoes would be a great option as well.
Homemade taquitos are a simple, humble yet super delicious recipe that will please anyone. I highly recommend you give them a try!
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Homemade taquitos are made from simple ingredients yet full of flavor!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 roma tomatoes
- 7 potatoes peeled and diced
- 2 tbs vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp oregano leaves crush them between your palms
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 35 corn tortillas
Brown the ground beef in a pot over medium heat. Then transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
Heat up the oil in the same pot over medium heat. Once hot add the onion and garlic.
Cook onion and garlic for one minute then add the tomatoes. Continue cooking for 5-7 more minutes.
Return the ground beef back to the pot along with the oregano leaves, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir well. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Put the peeled and chopped potatoes in a pot with enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil. Boil them until tender. This will take 10-15 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and start mashing them. Once they're mashed up real good add them to the pot with the ground beef and mix well. Set mixture aside.
Heat tortillas up on a skillet over high heat for about 15 seconds on each side or until pliable. Then set tortillas aside on a plate.
Take one tortilla and fill it with one spoonful of the beef and potato filling. Roll up the tortilla and secure it with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
Heat up enough oil to totally submerge the taquitos over medium high heat.
Once oil is hot fry 3-4 tortillas at a time until they turn a golden color. This will only take a couple of minutes.
Transfer fried taquitos to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain. Fry the remaining taquitos.
Garnish the taquitos with your favorite toppings and serve.