With trips to the grocery store few and far between, creativity in the kitchen has become more important than ever. For instance, last night I defrosted some ground turkey for burgers. Ready to cook, I realized I was out of burger buns and determined I needed to make a quick detour.
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I ransacked the fridge and was pleased to discover some flour tortillas hiding out in the vegetable drawer. With this fortuitous finding, I remembered some delicious taquitos I had enjoyed at our local Mexican restaurant a few months back. Taquitos are rolled-up tortillas filled with meat and cheese, then fried in a shallow pool of oil. The finished product looks like golden cigars, if you ask me, and I can eat way more than I can count when I have a full plate of them in front of me. So I knew they would be a big hit with my family.
With a plan in action, I kept digging around and found a half jar of salsa and some shredded Mexican cheese and knew I had a delicious meal in the making. While taquitos are often stuffed with ground beef, I was sure the turkey would be a nice, light substitute.
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After a quick sauté of the turkey, buoyed by a few ingredients like salsa, onions, and garlic to punch up the filling, I placed a dollop of the mixture onto each tortilla, rolled them up tight, and secured each with a toothpick so they wouldn’t fall apart. Once they’re ready to go, you’ll just need to do a quick pan fry—no deep fry needed.
I completed my spread with a bunch of table fixings I found in my kitchen, like salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, and lettuce. Needless to say, my detour turned out to be a very successful trip!
Turkey Taquitos Recipe
- 3 tablespoons neutral oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ cup prepared, jarred salsa
- 8 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided
- 8 corn or flour tortillas
- Optional for serving: salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheese
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium heat.
- Add garlic and onion and cook for three minutes, until soft.
- Add turkey and break it up with a spoon. Cook until brown for five minutes.
- Add the salt and salsa and mix to combine.
- Remove from stove.
- Lay a tortilla down and add about ¼ cup of the turkey mixture. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and roll them up very tight. Place it seam side down and secure with a toothpick from the top. Make seven more.
- Heat a large skillet with remaining oil and heat to medium. Lay the taquitos, three at a time into the oil, seam side down, toothpick up.
- Allow to fry for two minutes, until the bottom is brown and crispy.
- Remove the toothpick and carefully flip them over. The fried side should now be sealed. Fry for another two minutes to brown and melt the cheese.
- Serve immediately with the toppings of your choice.
Header image by Anna Gass.