Tortillas are delicious no matter how you try them, but there’s something extra special about them when fried. I like to fry tortillas to make tostadas, crunchy quesadillas, and taquitos. But taquitos are my ultimate favorite because how easy they are to make and how perfect they are to bring to a party and feed large crowds.
You can fill the taquitos any way you want. Keep them simple filled with just cheese or add a protein or vegetable to make them even more satisfying. Keep in mind that in the case of taquitos you just one a little bit of filling on each, as you do not want to overfill them and have them turn it into a burrito instead; you also run the risk of having the filling ooze out when frying them if they are too stuffed.
For this recipe I filled the taquitos with a taco spiced creamy shrimp mixture.
I rolled the tortilla and secured the ends with toothpicks.
Then I fried them in some oil, turning once to have it crispy on all sides.
Regardless of the filling, taquitos are best served with something delicious to dip them into. For this taco spiced creamy shrimp filling, a cool salsa or sour cream will works best.
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning Mix
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 2 packages (10 count) Old El Paso Original Soft Flour Tortillas
- 8 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded
- Oil to deep fry
- Cut shrimp in a small dice.
- Season it with taco seasoning mix.
- Heat olive oil on a skillet over medium high heat.
- Cook shrimp on the skillet for about 5-8 minutes or until pink and cooked through.
- Add cream cheese and allow it to melt.
- Once cream cheese has melted, remove the shrimp and cream cheese mixture from the skillet and place it on a container to be used later.
- Take one tortilla at a time and place about a little but of shredded pepper jack cheese and shrimp mixture.
- Roll the tortilla and secure it with thoothpicks.
- Fry them on all sides for about a minute each taquito
- Eat them as is, or serve them with your favorite salsa, guacamole, or sour cream.
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