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Homemade Taquitos are crispy, delicious and flavorful. These rolled tacos are filled with seasoned ground beef and melty cheese — and can be fried or baked! |

Homemade Taquitos

  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 taquitos
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These Homemade Taquitos are crispy, delicious, and flavorful. Tender corn tortillas are filled with savory, well-seasoned ground beef and cheese and cooked until crisp on the outside, and gooey on the inside. These rolled tacos are easy to make at home right in your own kitchen — and can be fried or baked!


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small oniondiced
  • 2 cloves garlicfinely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (or Monterey Jack cheese)shredded
  • 8 small corn tortillas (4 to 6-inch tortillas)
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying)

For serving (optional):


Make the filling:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot, about 1 minute. Add ground beef and stir well to cook until browned evenly, about 6-8 minutes. Use a spatula to break up the beef into small pieces to help even browning.
  2. Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well until evenly distributed and combined.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in cheese. Mix well until the cheese has melted.

Assemble the taquitos:

  1. Microwave the corn tortillas for 30 seconds until softened (this will make them pliable and more easy to work with). You can also warm the tortillas on a large skillet over medium heat for 30 seconds on each side.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the beef mixture down the centre of each tortilla and tightly roll it up.  Secure it tightly by threading a toothpick lengthwise along the seam in the middle of the rolled taquitos.

Fry the taquitos:

  1. In a medium cooking pot, add enough oil to cover it at least 2-inches deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes until the oil is shimmering hot. You can test if the oil is hot enough by placing a small piece of tortilla in the hot oil. If it sizzles, it is ready.
  2. Deep fry the sealed taquitos in batches (about 2-3 pieces each time) until golden brown on all sides, about 1-2 minutes. Rotate the taquitos during cooking to get an even golden crust on all sides.
  3. Transfer the taquitos onto a paper towel lined plate to drain any excess oil. Let them cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve the taquitos with your favorite toppings such as a drizzle of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and cotija cheese. It also pairs well with pico de gallo and guacamole on the side.


How to bake taquitos in the oven: To bake the taquitos instead. Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray cooking oil evenly over a large baking sheet and arrange the taquitos (seam side down) spaced evenly apart. Spray more cooking oil on top of the taquitos. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

How to store: Store leftover taquitos in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

How to reheat: Reheat taquitos in a 350F preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or in the air fryer at 350F for 3-5 minutes until warm and crispy. Make sure to check the taquitos while reheating to avoid burning or overcooking them.

How to freeze: Arrange the taquitos on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1-2 hours or until frozen solid. Transfer the frozen taquitos to an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat straight from frozen in the oven at 400℉ for 12-15 minutes, or in the air fryer at 400F for 8-10 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: homemade taquitos, beef taquitos, rolled tacos, cheesy taquitos