A Taquito is something I had never tasted or even heard of before I went visited Mexico and since it has been a whole year since we jetted off, I thought it was time to come up with another recipe inspired by my time there.
A Taquito is simply a rolled up, stuffed tortilla. Usually fried, these lovely creations are rolled tighter and so are thinner than an enchilada, and the top is not covered in sauce in the same way an enchilada would be.
When thinking about what to fill my Taquitos with, I thought I would get my other favourite find of the Mexico trip involved, Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce. I first tried this over there on chicken wings and many of you may have seen it used in my Buffalo Chicken Soup recipe. It really is the most delightful flavour. Spicy and tangy, it makes for a real taste sensation when added to chicken.
The filling I’ve created below is truly delicious. Tangy, a little cheesy and stuff with veggies, this is a dish that will keep you full for hours. I served mine with BNS chips (0sp) however I was so full from two Taquito’s that I probably wouldn’t bother with them next time (or I would have one Taquito with the chips).
I’ve used Sainsbury’s Be Good to Yourself Blue Cheese Dressing in this recipe (instead of the more points heavy crumbled Blue Cheese). If you can’t get a hold of it, or find a light equivalent somewhere else, just leave it out. The other flavours in the dish will more than make up for it.
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Makes 8 Taquitos – serves 4 (2 taquitos per person) – 12sp per serving (including salad and soured cream to finish)(Flex)
For the filling
400g roast chicken, white breast meat, shredded
100g lightest cream cheese
4 tbsp Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
2 tbsp Sainsbury’s Be Good to Yourself Blue Cheese Dressing (or other supermarket light equivalent)
Juice of 1/2 lime
100g sweetcorn (drained)
4 x spring onions, finely sliced
Half a bag of spinach, shredded
Large handful of fresh coriander, chopped
For the Taquito
8 x Weight Watchers Tortillas (these are 4sp each so if you can’t find these, any other 4sp equivalent will do, Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s are also 4sp).
For the salad – serves 4 = 0sp per person
¼ iceberg lettuce, shredded
Large handful of spinach, shredded
2 spring onions, sliced
1 tbsp sweetcorn
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 tbsp Sainsbury’s Be Good to Youself Blue Cheese Dressing (or other supermarket light equivalent)
Drizzle of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
4 tbsp light soured cream (1sp per person)
1 x tbsp fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Pre heat the oven to 180c.
Take a large bowl and add the cream cheese, buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing and lime juice. Whisk together until smooth and then season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and fold everything together. Taste again and check/adjust the seasoning.
Take a large baking dish and spray with low cal cooking spray. Divide the mixture roughly into 8 in the bowl and then, one tortilla at a time, add the filling and roll longways so that they are nice and tight and relatively thin. Pop into the baking dish and repeat with the other 7 tortillas. Spray the top of the wraps with low cal cooking spray and then pop in the oven for 20-30 minutes (until the wraps have started to brown on top).
While the Taquitos are cooking you can also roast some butternut squash chips (pop these in 10-15 minutes before the Taquitos) if you fancy them.
I also served with a side salad which included iceberg lettuce, shredded spinach, a couple of chopped spring onions and a tablespoon of sweetcorn tossed in a tbsp. of the blue cheese dressing ( the same one used in the main recipe) and some lime juice.
Once cooked, remove the Taquito’s from the oven and finish with a drizzle of Buffalo Sauce, light soured cream and fresh coriander.
Serve with the salad and BNS if you are having them alongside a tbsp. lightest soured cream per person.