Toothpick Beef Taquitos

READY IN: 2hrs




  • Blend beef thoroughly with cumin, chili powder, peppers, and file powder and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to settle.
  • Pan cook beef until partly browned. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic and cook until meat is browned and vegetables are softened. Drain. Combine with cheese and salsa.
  • If using a deep fryer, heat oil to 350°F If using a pan, add enough oil to coat the surface of the pan and raise to medium heat.
  • Microwave a few tortillas at a time on a paper towel to make the tortillas pliable. I warmed 4 tortillas for 45 seconds.
  • Add a heaping tablespoon of beef, cheese, and salsa mixture to the center of a tortilla. Roll tortilla as tightly as possible and secure with a toothpick. NOTE: push filling in from both sides so keep it from falling out while frying.
  • Cook a few taquitos at a time. If deep frying, cook for a few minutes or until golden brown. If using a pan, flip over after a few minutes and cook until both sides are golden brown.
  • Move to drying rack with a paper towel underneath and allow to drain. When cool, remove toothpicks.