An EASY recipe for crunchy and cheesy Chicken Taquitos! Shredded chicken in a cheesy mixture wrapped in a corn tortilla and fried, then topped with your favorite condiments and toppings.

The Mexican food dish may be enjoyed as an appetizer with our easy chicken fajitas.

Chicken taquitos stacked on top of each other topped with sour cream and tomatoes next to limes.


A taquito is a classic Mexican dish consisting of a small corn tortilla filled with a cheesy meat filling that is then cooked (fried, baked or in an air fryer).

This easy chicken taquitos recipe is loaded with chicken, tomatoes, cheese and wrapped in a corn tortilla and fried – the BEST taquito recipe!

Up close picture of taquitos topped with sour cream, tomatoes, and fresh chopped greens.


  • In a bowl, add the cooked shredded meat, cream cheese, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and seasoning and mix until well combined.
  • Add the mixture to the center of the corn tortillas and roll up tightly and place the edge at the bottom so it doesn’t unroll. (TIP: To keep the tortillas from unrolling you may use a toothpick to seal them closed, just don’t forget to remove the toothpicks before serving.)
  • Repeat with the remaining taquitos.
  • Cook the taquitos and serve over desired toppings!
Step by step collage on how to make homemade chicken taquitos.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Type of Tortillas Do I Use?

Taquitos are typically made with corn tortillas but you can also use flour tortillas. The corn tortillas have a distinct taste so if you don’t like them, use the flour tortillas. You also want to use the small tortillas (6” inches) for this recipe.

What Kind of Meat Can I Use

For the BEST taquitos use either chicken or beef! If you are using beef, you want to use cooked shredded beef and shredded cheese as the mixture.

What Type of Cheese Can I Use

You can use shredded Colby jack, mozzarella, pepper jack cheese or any other shredded cheese.

How to add Heat to The Taquitos?

These chicken taquitos are GREAT with some heat! You can add canned jalapenos, mild sauce, or green chilies to the chicken mixture.

Collage of how to bake and fry the chicken taquitos.


The BEST thing about this homemade taquitos recipe is that there are several methods to cook the taquitos! Though fried is my personal favorite, the baked and air fryer are much healthier.

  • FRY: Add about 1 inch of oil into a deep skillet or pot and heat until hot. Add taquitos into hot oil and fry for about 4-6 minutes until golden.
  • BAKE: Add the taquitos to a lined baking sheet and brush with oil. Bake at 400°F for about 16-19 minutes, or until crispy.
  • AIR FRYER: Place the taquitos into the air fryer basket. Spray with cooking spray and air fry at 400°F for about 8 minutes or until crispy and golden.

ways to SERVE-

These EASY crispy homemade chicken taquitos are great alone but are even better with the right toppings!

Here are some of our favorite toppings:

Chicken taquitos laid out and topped with fresh chopped greens and a side of guac and sour cream.


The taquitos are great to make ahead of time! You can prepare the filling or even all the taquitos ahead of time and store them in the fridge until ready to cook. Just keep them stored in an airtight container so they don’t become dry.


Yes! You can freeze these crispy chicken taquitos! Make the chicken taquitos and then freeze in a freezer bag and store for up to 2-3 months.

When ready to enjoy, just remove from the freezer and reheat in a toaster oven, air fryer, or microwave until reheated.


Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 3 votes
A simple recipe for crunchy and cheesy Chicken Taquitos! Shredded chicken in a cheesy mixture wrapped in a corn tortilla and fried then topped with your favorite condiments and toppings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings




  • In a bowl, combine the shredded chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, tomatoes and seasonings.
  • Divide the filling evenly among the corn tortillas and tightly roll the tortillas and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with all the tortillas.


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and add the taquitos onto a baking sheet.
  • Top each taquito with oil with a pastry brush.
  • Bake for about 16-18 minutes or until crispy.


  • In a deep skillet, add oil to cover the bottom about 1 inch up. Heat the oil until reaches about 350°F. Add the chicken taquito into the oil and fry for about 4-6 minutes, or until crispy.
  • Add cooked taquitos on a cooling rack or paper towel.


  • Add the taquitos into the air fryer rack and spray them with cooking spray and fry at 400°F for about 7-9 minutes or until taquitos reach desired crispiness. Repeat in batches with the rest of the taquitos.



Note: Nutrition value does not include the oil for frying.


4g Serving486kcal Calories27g Carbs32g Protein28g Fat14g Saturated Fat124mg Cholesterol734mg Sodium387mg Potassium4g Fiber3g Sugar989IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C311mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Taquitos Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 734mg32%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 989IU20%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 311mg31%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)