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Switching up taco night with these baked Crispy Chipotle Chicken Cream Cheese Taquitos. Ground chicken seasoned with a smoky chipotle chili spice mix and tossed with cream cheese. Roll up the delicious mix into tortillas, then oven-bake until warm and crispy. These taquitos are crunchy on the outside, spicy and cheesy inside. Serve with a creamy cilantro jalapeño ranch. These come together in well under an hour and are so delicious. A great weeknight dinner.

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When I get tired of the usual tacos, I make taquitos! The funny thing about this taquito recipe? It’s actually based on and inspired by a recipe I made back in 2012, the very first fall season of HBH.

We’ve been switching things around on the website, especially with the way you are able to search for recipes. Hopefully, we’re making things easier for you all, I certainly love the new search engine. It’s what lead me to these taquitos from so long ago.

I was searching the word chipotle and then these baked taquitos appeared and I immediately remembered them!

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My brothers used to go to the local 7-Eleven after snowboarding and pick up their taquitos. They wouldn’t go often, but when they did, they would rave about those taquitos.

I told them that taquitos from 7-Eleven probably weren’t that good for them and I’d make them better at home. That taquito recipe turned into one of the very first recipes to live on HBH!

Almost ten years later, I reworked the recipe a bit and honestly made them a whole lot better. Gosh, these are so good, and really fun too!

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The details

Pick up some ground chicken, turkey, or even ground beef. Just be sure to use what your family loves most! Brown the meat with an onion, add seasonings, and mix in cream cheese. The cream cheese is the secret. It makes the insides of these taquitos creamy instead of dry.

Trust me, it may sound odd, but it’s really not. Go with it.

Since I hate frying, which is traditional when making taquitos, I much prefer to oven-bake these. It’s healthier, easier, and we like the flavor so much more. You actually taste the food, not the fried oil.

Here’s the key, you need to rub each tortilla with olive oil before rolling up the meat. This is the trick to getting the taquitos crispy all around. Once the tortillas are oiled, roll up the meat and cheese inside, then oven-bake. In a few minutes, you’ll have crispy taquitos.

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The creamy jalapeño ranch

Yes, making a homemade ranch is an extra step (but so simple). I always find the end result to be worth the extra effort.

For this ranch, mix sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, with buttermilk, cilantro, dill, onion, garlic, and of course, the jalapeños. Instead of fresh jalapeños, I like to use pickled. They’ll add a subtle, tangy kick.

I love to serve this with rice on the side and chunky avocado salsa.

That’s pretty much it for this one. Simple as can be, but every crispy, crunch, cheesy taquito is so delicious. I love a simple fall meal that’s fun to eat while celebrating your favorite team – or just enjoying with the family.

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Looking for other Mexican night recipes – try these!

Crispy Jalapeño Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Spicy Buffalo White Chicken Chili

One Skillet Saucy Chicken Tortilla Enchilada Rice Bake

Crockpot Crispy Chicken Tinga Tacos with Avocado Jalapeño Crema

Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce

Lastly, if you make these Crispy Chipotle Chicken Cream Cheese Taquitos, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Crispy Chipotle Chicken Cream Cheese Taquitos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 567 kcal

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Cilantro Jalapeño Ranch


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
    2. In a large skillet, combine the olive oil, chicken, and onion. Cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and salt. Add the beer. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce has thickened around the chicken, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream cheese.
    3. Warm the tortillas for 30 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave, until pliable. On a baking sheet, rub the tortillas with olive oil. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the chicken down the middle of the tortilla. Top with shredded cheese. Roll up and place seam-side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 5-8 minutes, then flip and cook another 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are crisp.
    4. Meanwhile, make the ranch. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. Season with salt.
    5. Serve the taquitos topped with ranch and any other desired toppings.
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  1. This was fantastic. I loved how the meat cooked down and all the flavours came together!!! And the ranch was the prefect touch.

    1. Hey Jessica,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner! xT

  2. Made these today, they taste awesome, great flavors, but my tortillas fell apart?
    Warmed them in microwave, rubbed them with oil, did not over fill them and the tortillas flaked apart. I did use white corn tortillas, but have had the same issue using regular corn ones.
    Need to know how you get them to look like yours? 🙂

    1. Hi Mark,
      Thanks so much for trying this recipe out! Sorry to hear about your tortillas, they can definitely be finicky! I would try a different brand, I really like Whole Foods 365 brand or if you have a local Mexican food store, they have some great options! I hope this helps! xx

      1. Hi Tieghan,
        Thank you so much for your reply, it is refreshing!
        Wife loved this dish too!
        Will try s couple different brands and let you know.

  3. 5 stars
    These sound delicious. Can’t wait to try them. Do you rub both sides of the tortilla with oil before filling.

    1. I had the same issue with the corn tortillas. I did a little research and found a trick of warming 4 tortillas at a time with a damp paper towel over them. It worked! I closed them with a toothpick and they turned out crispy and delicious! Also, I did air fry them on 400 for 8 min. We loved them!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these for the Super Bowl and everybody loved them! I followed the recipe almost exactly besides for a cup of beer. I probably only added a half cup since many of the comments said they had trouble reducing it down.

    Instead of using the microwave to heat the tortillas I used my Blackstone! None of them cracked and all had a great crispiness. 10/10 would make again!

    1. Hey Taylor,
      Happy Wednesday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was tasty! xx

  5. Making this tonight, in the oven now! The filling and ranch are both so good, can’t wait for the finished result!

  6. 4 stars
    Tastes, per usual, amazing! Just had issues with the beer not reducing down, and probably need to buy better corn tortillas. Any suggestions on better beers that reduce? I used Upslope Lager.

    1. Hey Christine,
      Wonderful!!😊 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was delish! Maybe try something like a Modelo or Pacific next time! xT

    2. I had the same issue with the corn tortillas. I did a little research and found a trick of warming 4 tortillas at a time with a damp paper towel over them. It worked! I closed them with a toothpick and they turned out crispy and delicious! Also, I did air fry them on 400 for 8 min. We loved them!

  7. 5 stars
    My husband made these last night and said they were the best taquitos he’s ever had. They definitely had a kick, maybe because he used chipotle chili pepper instead of powder. We also used 6 in. flour tortillas because corn ones always seem to crumble. Dressing was good too but also spicy.

    1. Hey Carrie,
      Happy Valentine’s Day! 💌 I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was tasty! xT