Tiny Taquitos w/ Avocado Cilantro Sauce

It's PARTY time today. A bunch of us food bloggers are having a virtual baby shower for our dear friend Lisa from With Style & Grace.

Lisa & her husband are about to bring a baby boy into the world and for this party, I decided to make these chicken taquitos from the new book,  Tiny Food Party by my friends Teri & Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon.

Taquitos are a hot commodity at our house. Both Casey & Cooper looooooove them but I've never made them from scratch before.

This recipe is simple, extremely straight-forward and the perfect solution for a fun party like a baby shower.  With the right adobo sauce, they're gluten free too.

They're crispy, crunchy and the filling is exceptional. The chicken is spicy with a touch of sweetness from the honey. The avocado cilantro sauce push them over the edge! HOLY DELICIOUSNESS. We actually had a Mexican themed co-ed baby shower when I was pregnant with Cooper. Too bad I didn't have this recipe back then. I'm sure this would have been a real hit with all of the guests. They could have played a game of  guess how many Tracy could eat (answer 21).

And for the lady of honor, I'd serve some of my Cilantro Limeade because it tastes pretty darn close to a cocktail. You deserve the very best, Lisa!

And we're off!

Ingredient gathering time.

First we make the filling. Shredded cooked chicken gets mixed with salsa, cayenne, chili powder & adobo sauce.

It gets finished with a bit of honey to sweeten the deal!

Now we get our assembly line together!

Toothpicks, mini tortillas & filling.

We add a little bit of filling and roll up each of the taquitos & seal them with a toothpick.

While this is happening, get your oil heated up. It's almost fry time.


I wrapped my tortillas up in a damp towel and heated them up in the microwave for about a minute to make the tortillas more pliable.

Here are the rolled up taquitos waiting to be fried!

Batch number one! When they're done, place them on a paper towel lined plate & once slightly cooled, pull out toothpicks.

During the frying time I made the avocado cilantro sauce. It's SUPER QUICK.

Avocado, lime & cilantro goes into a mini food processor. PROCESS!


Now let's get this party STARTED!!

As you can see, in my house it's not a party until hot sauce is involved.


Congrats Lisa! I know you and Ben are going to be fantastic parents and I hope that one day you're boy eats taquitos with as much authority as Cooper! xo

Here are all the other bloggers sharing their Baby Shower Dishes. What a party it is!

Yes I Want Cake | Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Family Fresh Cooking  | Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
What's Gaby Cooking | Chocolate Dipped Meringues
Two Peas and a Pod | Vegetable Quinoa Soup
Simple Bites | Maple Pumpkin Pie
Three Many Cooks | Chocolate-Peanut Chex Mix
Heather Christo Cooks | Butternut Squash Bacon Scones
Aggies Kitchen | Iced Apple Cinnamon Tea
Reluctant Entertainer | Mascarpone Marmalade Bites
A Thought For Food | Scalloped Potato Gratin

Tiny Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

makes 24

recipe from Tiny Food Party by Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
  • 1  1/2 cups finely shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1  1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 24 small (2-3 inch) corn tortillas

In a large pot, preheat oil to 350F. In a large mixing bowl, toss to combine chicken, salsa, adobo, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle honey over mixture and gently fold to incorporate.

Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling onto each tortilla and carefully roll into a long, thin tube. Secure the rolled taquitos with toothpicks.

In small batches, fry taquitos for 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp and lightly golden brown. Drain on paper towels and remove toothpicks. Serve immediately with avocado sauce for dipping.

Avocado Cilantro Sauce

  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl of a food processor, combine sour cream, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, pulse to combine. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.

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  • October 17, 2012

    I've seen these in their book and wanted to make them...now I want to make them even more! Great job and congrats to Lisa!

  • October 17, 2012

    I could go for a nice plate of these with that beautiful dipping sauce! perfection! Congrats to Lisa!

  • October 17, 2012

    The taquitos look delicious. I can't wait to try making them. I'm not a massive fan of baby showers, but a mexican themed co-ed baby shower sounds like a baby shower I want to attend - fun.

    • Tracy
      October 17, 2012

      I hear you on that! Having a co-ed baby shower made it less crazy! And Mexican food made it light hearted & fun! If only I could have had a margarita ;)

  • As I sit here eating my oatmeal, I can't help but wish I had those right now!! I will have to try these very soon...like now.

    • Tracy
      October 17, 2012

      DO IT!!!!!!!!

  • October 17, 2012

    Yummm! I'm thinking this can be made into a breakfast version, hmm!

  • October 17, 2012

    Taquitos are my weakness.

  • jenny
    October 17, 2012

    can taquitos be breakfast food? ;)

    • Tracy
      October 17, 2012

      YES!!! Add a little egg on the side, and I'm totally with you.

  • Jen
    October 17, 2012

    South Texans call these flautas :)

  • October 17, 2012

    These looks sooo good. Especially that dipping sauce. Yum!

  • October 17, 2012

    I want to drink that sauce! Perfect for the shower! Yay for Lisa!

  • Michelle
    October 17, 2012

    Oh my. I want to eat them all and eat that suace like soup. Seriously, is there any type of Mexican food that isn't fantastic? I think not.

    • Tracy
      October 17, 2012

      I agree. I could eat Mexican food EVERYDAY. ALL DAY. FOREVER.

  • October 17, 2012

    YUMMMM! These look amazing! and I love love love that you guys threw a virtual baby shower. So sweet and adorable.

  • I could eat these right now. Perfect for the shower. Lovely photography and nice to meet you!

  • October 17, 2012

    YES, I bookmarked this recipe too!! What's with pregnancy & Mexican food? I'm pretty sure I could eat an entire plate of these and then some. I wish we were still within driving distance so I could come hug & thank you in person for this. So incredibly touched my friend, thank you!!

  • October 17, 2012

    I never thought to make my own taquitos before! Oooo! Adding Cholula is totally the way to go :)

  • October 17, 2012

    I want taquitos next time I have a baby. Genius addition to the shower. I'd like 45 please!

  • October 17, 2012

    I want! Those are adorable. Why is everything tiny so darn cute? I think I might have to venture into the Mission now and get some Mexican food...

  • October 17, 2012

    Oh man, this is right up my alley. That avocado cilantro sauce is too much. I am bookmarking this recipe and neverever buying frozen taquitos ever again!

  • Karin
    October 17, 2012

    Do you think these could be baked? (i realize they won,t be as great, but....) If yes, what temp & how long?

  • October 17, 2012

    I am so glad that I never have to worry about the recipes having mayo here. For a split second I thought that sauce might have mayo ans then I remembered that you said you hated it. I love that I'm not the only one with extreme distaste for mayo.

    • Tracy
      October 17, 2012

      Oh no no no! Never mayo. NEVER! Hehehe

  • October 17, 2012

    I might sound dense but what is a co-ed baby shower? Over here where I live, baby showers are pretty much unheard of but co-ed? Does it mean you don't do a gender specific one? We have fullmoon parties once the baby hits 1 month old. Anyhow, I'm more interested in the avocado sauce! I can dip anything in that and be sure it'll be good. Even Kit Kat bars. Yeah.

    • Tracy
      October 17, 2012

      Yeah. It's just a party. No crazy games. Just fun!

  • October 17, 2012

    What a fabulous idea to use a recipe from Tiny Food Party! I've been meaning to cook from it and really need to just do it. You've done a rockin' job with these!

  • October 18, 2012

    Love the mini taquitos and the cilantro limeade. What a cute idea!


  • October 18, 2012

    Yep, these look fantastic! I love taquitos, thanks for the recipe!

  • kaylee
    October 18, 2012

    I see your 'bread bowl' from High Straightenance! :) These look awesome, can't wait to make some!!

  • October 18, 2012

    I've never made a from-scratch taquito before either, but these are definite inspiration. I went through a phase in college where all I wanted to eat were the frozen version, and I haven't had them since. It's definitely time to bring it back.

  • October 18, 2012

    LOVE TERI! LOVE JENNY! LOVE TAQUITOS. And that avocado cilantro sauce looks amazing. If I have a baby shower I sure hope there'll be taquitos.

  • Missy
    October 19, 2012

    These are in the making for our friday night dinner. So excited. I will report back ;)

    • Tracy
      October 19, 2012

      Can't wait!

  • Janine
    November 24, 2012

    I used my left over Turkey after Thanksgiving so very good and they went great with the football game my family was watching.

  • May 13, 2013

    Oh these look amazing! One question: I'm always hesitant to fry things (more because of the mess than the health reasons). Do you think these would turn out decent if baked?

    • Tracy
      May 13, 2013

      I think you'll have to use a high oven heat and then use a little oil with it. But yeah, you should be able to do it. I'd google baked taquitos recipe to check out what others do.

  • Tiffany
    December 27, 2013

    I made these for Christmas and they were amazing! Love the spicy/sweet combo of the chicken. I made 18 on mini corn tortillas and 3 of us ate them all;)

  • Alison
    April 19, 2014

    I just tried making these, and they were WAY harder to pull off than the pictures look! The corn tortillas kept crumbling apart as I rolled them, and ultimately I went for a pseudo-quesadilla where I took the chicken mix, placed it like a patty in between two tortillas, and then stitched them together with toothpicks before frying them. The sauce was amazing, but something went terribly wrong with actually creating the taquitos themselves!

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