Turkey and Cheese Taquitos

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Fried taquito night is everyone’s favorite! What can be more delicious than a fried tortilla filled with meat and cheese, right? My kids are now old enough to know what Taco Tuesday is, and a few months ago they started requesting tacos every Tuesday night. Finally, my kids want tacos!! Sigh, the little things.

Their favorite kind of taquitos are chicken, of course, but this time I wanted to change things up a little bit using ground turkey and cheese. They were a hit! I think they love these kinds of tacos so much because they can eat them with their hands, it’s just so casual and fun. I served these tacos two ways, mild: with queso fresco and sour cream for the kiddos (they love dipping) and Spicy: Salsa and fresh jalapeños for me and my husband.

Disclaimer: In the North of Mexico we call these little rolled tacos “flautas” but for me, flautas is a whole different dish. There are so many steps and layers of flavors in the traditional flautas that when I leave them out, they become taquitos. The end.

What you need to make Turkey and Cheese Taquitos :

olive oil

Ground turkey

Chopped onion

Minced garlic

Cumin, chili powder and salt

Tomato paste

Shredded cheese

Corn tortillas

Queso fresco, fresh jalapeño and cilantro for garnish.

What you need to know before you make Turkey and Cheese Taquitos

Here are some of the most common missteps while making fried taquitos and how to fix them:

“The tortilla breaks when you roll it” That is because the tortilla is not hot enough to be completely pliable. You need to heat up the tortilla until it is almost steaming hot. Just 30 seconds in the microwave will do the trick. I do this in batches of 5 tortillas, loosely wrapped in paper towels.

“The tacos unroll and the filling comes out” Once you get the tortilla very hot and pliable, the next step is placing the filling on one side of the tortilla and roll it tight. Real tight. Secure the taco with a tooth pick and keep going. I have made these hundreds of times and I can promise you, each time will get easier.

Ground turkey is a little dry and bland but with the right seasonings is totally delicious! The cheese in the filling will work as glue and will help the ground turkey stick together. A few pieces will fall out here and there but it is totally fine. Avoid over filling the tacos. And that’s it!

This was a very casual dinner so I served these tacos with fresh jalapeños and queso fresco, we ate them with our hands and they were perfect! You can also serve them with hot salsa, sour cream, rice or refried beans.

Some other recipes you might like:

Chipotle Black Bean Tacos – Marisol Cooks

Entomatadas de Queso (Queso fresco Enchiladas in Tomato sauce) – Marisol Cooks

Arroz a la Mexicana(Mexican Rice) – Marisol Cooks


Hello, my name is Marisol Chancellor. I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico. I’ve been living in Texas for 12 years and even when I love barbeque, fruit cobblers and sweet tea, there’s something that has the power of transporting me right back to my mom’s kitchen and gives me a little piece of home, cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and for me, memories are always linked to food, and behind the food, well, there’s always a story that comes along. So, please let me share with you my love for cooking and while we are at it, let’s share some memories, because let’s be honest, we are also hungry for nostalgia.

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