Saturday, August 24, 2013

Beef Taquitos for Global Street Food #SundaySupper



I was sooooo excited when I found out the theme for this weeks Sunday Supper was global street food. I grew up in Southern California, and spent a lot of time in Mexico as well. I think I lived on these beef taquitos, or rolled tacos, for many many years! There was a local taco shop that I went to all of the time. I started eating there when I was fifteen years old, I just loved them and couldn't seem to get enough of them. I even passed that love down to my kids, so they are junkies just like Mom! They spent many a day, and allowance dollars, at that shop.


Then we moved to Western Washington. Sadly, in our small town, our favorite was available no more. So, when those cravings called, I began making them at home. Everyone was ecstatic! I was so inspired by these coming out so well, I began making our other favorites like Carne Asada, Ceviche, Refried Beans, and Guacamole.

About a year ago a taco truck came into town and set up shop. The kids drive by it everyday and stop quite often. I have to say it may have ruffled my tail feathers a little bit but, I have to remember they come by this addiction very naturally, and I am happy in the knowledge that if they had to chose between my food and the taco trucks it would be mine, hands down, all of the time!



I have shown two ways to have your taquitos. There is the "purist way" above, with lettuce, tomato, and a bit of shredded cheese. 

Then there is the "loaded" way below, with EVERYTHING but the kitchen sink! We load them down with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Then you of course dip them in the beans, logical right? Hey I never said this was a healthy meal!! But I can guarantee you it is a mighty tasty one.

I made this a very simple way by using canned roast beef, but you can always make your own shredded beef if you prefer.


Beef Taquitos  
makes 15 taquitos

4-12.5 ounce cans of roast beef
15 corn tortillas
Canola oil
Toothpicks 
Iceberg lettuce, chopped
Tomatoes, chopped
Cheddar jack cheese, shredded
Sour Cream (optional)
Guacamole (optional)


Open the cans of roast beef and drain the gravy by pushing the lid down onto the meat hard. You want as much of the gravy gone without rinsing it in water. Place the roast beef on a meat cutting board, and shred with two forks

Get out your corn tortillas and set up your paper towels for draining. I use layers of two paper towels between the par cooked tortillas

Heat about 1 inch of oil in a large skillet. Once oil is 375 degrees (I heat mine over medium-high heat and know it is ready to fry when I put the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil and it bubbles up). Use tongs and carefully dip the tortillas into the hot oil. You want to par cook the tortillas, not make them crispy. This allows them to be rolled without cracking. One at a time par cook the tortillas, and lay them on a layer of paper towels (I  had 6 slightly overlapping tortillas on the towel before adding another layer of paper towels. If your towels are smaller I would do 4 tortillas per layer).

Allow the tortillas to cool slightly, then add about 2 tablespoons of the shredded beef to each tortilla. Roll the taquito tightly and secure with 2 to 3 toothpicks making sure the ends are held tight.

Place the taquitos in the hot oil in batches, turning once. Cook until the taquitos are a golden brown. Remove to paper towels to drain. 

Serve with toppings of your choice.

ENJOY!!







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26 comments:

  1. These sound delicious! ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

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    1. Thanks Bea :) the problem with making them is I crave them everyday for the next week. I really love them!!

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  2. I find it hard to believe that there are people out there WITHOUT an addiction to rolled tacos! They are our go-to meal when we have leftover chicken, beef, pork, beans, potatoes... ;) They look awesome, Bobbi.

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    1. Right Heather? But I seriously did meet people here that had never had them. I fixed that LOL

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  3. There is just nothing wrong with taquitos. Ever!

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    1. I totally agree! Now we just have to convince Kevin of that Jen!!

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    1. You got it Liz, one order of loaded coming right up!

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  5. I'll take the loaded version please! Taquitos are addictive!

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    1. I know Paula. You can come over and I will make us a big batch!!

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  6. I'm definitely one who goes your way with taquitos, load it up!

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  7. Oh yum, yum, yum. I could just run away to my own little spot in a park and dive right into that.

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    1. That would fantastic! A beautiful park setting + plus some rolled tacos? Heaven!!

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  8. These look amazing! I think we should hit the road--you make the beef, I make the chicken--and we'll bring rolled tacos to the masses!

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  9. If I had to pick one ethnic food as my fave, it would be Mexican (well at least today;-). Great looking dish! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know what you mean Martin!! I am glad you enjoy the dish!

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  10. LOADED! Those looks fabulous, Bobbi! I'd love a big plate of those right now, never mind that it's 7 a.m. in Dubai. :) One of the downsides of living away from home is all the food we miss and I have been known to recreate quite a few dishes we just NEED to have. You did a stellar job with these!

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    1. WOW I thought moving from San Diego to Seattle was a big difference! I am sure you can't find a lot of your faves there. I am really glad you enjoyed my recipe!

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  11. Loaded taquitos are THE way to go. These look fabulous!

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  12. I LOVE taquitos!! These are perfect and I am now craving Mexican food for lunch :)

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    1. Thanks! I know what you mean. Every time I come back to this page I want more!

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  13. Rolled tacos all they way - I'm in!! Why haven't I made these before? I have no clue. Will be on my dinner rotation soon.

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    1. I do that too Renee. It just doesn't cross my mind to make certain things until I see someone else make it and then the light bulb goes off in my head! I hope you enjoy these!!

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