Baked Taquitos

by Maria on May 11, 2010

Over the past four and a half weeks I have been participating in Gold’s Gym Biggest Loser Contest with a handful of my friends. We are all a little on the competitive side, so we have been working really hard to have a shot at winning the big money……..Okay, so it is only a thousand dollars each if we win, but hey, I could do a lot with a thousand ‘guilt free’ dollars.

Besides working out six days a week I have cut out sweets and am doing my best to stick to three meals at three hundred and fifty calories each and three one hundred and fifty calorie snacks during the day. This is not easy for a food lover like myself or a person who loves to cook…such as myself. I have to keep it real and allow myself one free day a week. On free days I let myself have dessert and maybe even a  few french fries or a slice of pizza. I love free days.

I only have a week and a half to go and I have to admit I am feeling pretty good. My body is happy to be getting in shape and eating so many healthy foods……now if I could just get my brain to stop screaming at me to eat candy and make yummy desserts. (If there is a steady flow of dessert recipes starting in the end of May, you’ll know why.)

I have had to get pretty creative with our dinners because of my “special diet” these past few weeks. I was a little worried my family wouldn’t be to thrilled with drastic changes to our dinner menu, but (if the amount of food they eat is an indicator) they haven’t seemed to notice. I think their favorite has been these baked taquitos. We had them the week before I started this little adventure, with flour tortillas instead of corn….and they were even more delicious…but they are still really good with the corn tortillas.

Lower Fat Baked Taquitos

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1-1/2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded or cubed
1 can diced green chillies
1/3 cup onion. chopped extra fine
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp cumin
salt to taste
1/3 cup cottage cheese, optional
corn or flour tortillas
1-2 Tbsp oil

Mix black beans, chicken, onion, green chillies, cilantro, cumin and cottage cheese. Add salt to taste.

If using corn tortillas warm them in a skillet on each side or they will break apart when you try to roll them up. Place a couple tablespoons (more if using flour tortillas) of mixture on edge of tortilla  and roll up.

Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat until mixture is gone. Baste with oil and place in a 375º oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes on each side or until crispy. Serve with Pico de Gallo, sour cream and guacamole.

My little guys love these because they can just pick up the whole thing and it is easier and less messy to eat then a taco or burrito. I hope your families love them too.

I’m not kidding when I say I can’t stop thinking about desserts. I have literally been dreaming about them. I can’t wait for May 22nd when I can start trying them. Stay tuned they look really good…in my head anyway. :)

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica May 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

I can’t wait either, because I am hoping you will be sharing :)


Maria May 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Of course I’ll be sharing with my Jessica.


Sonya May 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

My kids LOVE mexican food (they are scottish/dutch mix, but I’m SURE they are supposed to be Mexican!). They’ll think these are great. Thanks for the great recipe!


Maria May 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Well, I think my name being Maria is as close as I’ll ever get to being Mexican…but I sure love the food. Hope your family likes them.


Penny G May 11, 2010 at 10:30 am

I love taquitos…can’t wait to try this recipe! Good luck on your contest…hope you win!


kelli May 11, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thanks for the healthy recipe. I think I might try these tonight. : )


Sarah May 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

OMG yum thanks for the tasty and healthy recipe! Definitely want to try this with the fam. I’m running a lot lately and get so hungry, so new dinner ideas that are also healthy are always welcome.


Suzanne May 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Yum these look fantastic, I gotta try these. Good for you on the diet thingy since I let mine go by the way side.


Miranda May 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Oh man those look awesome! Good thing I’m meal planning right now! I’ll put them on the list.


Kathryn May 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Saw this recipe this morning while I was planning dinners for the week and had to try them tonight. They were delicious! I will definitely be adding this to my regular hit recipes.


maria May 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

Yeah, I am so glad you liked them.


Jennifer May 13, 2010 at 5:46 am

I love taquitos and my kids love anything that looks like Mexican food…and to have a lower fat version…wow! Thanks for sharing the recipe…I am going to try this one out!


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