Two of my favorite adjectives when it comes to food are crunchy and healthy, but rarely do they find themselves in the same sentence unless we’re talking about salads or fruit. That is, until my boyfriend blew my mind last night with these killer taquitos, which include other food related adjectives I love, such as cheesy, potatoey, spicy, and yummy(!).
These baked taquitos have all the crunch to satisfy your craving for something naughty at a taco truck, while still staying on the good side of your health. Fried foods are absolutely terrible for you; they usually have around nine times the calories as baked foods, and chemically alter food by adding fat, cholesterol and simple carbohydrates. GROSS. We put enough bad stuff into our body every day (yes, I’m looking at you with the Diet Coke), so when we can make healthy alternatives in our diet– such as baking instead of frying– we most definitely should.
I know, with some things, baking is just not as delicious as frying. If you’re thinking about potato chips, hey, so am I. But although these taquitos are baked, none of the flavor is sacrificed.
We served ours up with guacamole, sour cream and a spicy vegan ranch sauce drizzled over black beans & chiles.
Baked Chile & Potato Taquitos
• 2 large potatoes
• ½ medium onion
• 1 jalapeno
• 1 Anaheim pepper
• 1 red chili
• 1-cup cheddar cheese
• 1 packet Taco Seasoning
• Olive oil
• 10-12 corn taco shells
1. Use grater and shred the two large potatoes. Add to large skillet with olive oil. Turn
to high heat.
2. Dice onion, jalapeno, Anaheim pepper and red chili. Add to potato mixture in skillet.
3. Sauté until potatoes are golden brown.
4. Grease 13×9 pan with olive oil.
5. Take a warmed tortilla and spread a thin-ish layer of potato mixture in center and
roll into taquito formation. Continue process and arrange on tray.
6. Heat oven to 350 and bake for 25 – 35 minutes – to be safe, monitor for desired
crispiness. Personally, the crispier the better.
7. Serve with DIPS!
And last but not least, chow down!
Planning on whipping these bad boys up? Let us know how it goes in the comments!
Big thanks to my amazing boyfriend & the best cook I know, Ben. ♥