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Baked Black Bean or Chicken Taquitos Recipe

I think I have probably admitted more than once that making school lunch is not my favorite thing to do.  Breakfast, no problem.  After-school snacks, easy.  Weeknight dinners, fun times!  But my inspiration for school lunches is usually reheated leftovers from dinner.  I know, yawn.

Baked Black Bean or Chicken Taquitos Recipe
Serves: Makes 12
  • Unrefined, cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil for brushing tortillas
  • 12 5-inch corn tortillas (thinner ones work better than thicker)
  • 1 ½ cups refried black or pinto beans or 1 (15-ounce) can (Trader Joe’s and Amy’s brands have no BPA in can liner) OR
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded taco chicken meat*
  • ⅔ cup shredded cheese (optional)
  • Suggested accompaniments: guacamole and salsa
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and brush lightly with olive oil.
  2. Warm tortillas on a griddle or in a skillet until warm and pliable (about 30 seconds on each side.) This will prevent them from cracking when you roll them.*
  3. Place the tortilla on a plate or cutting board and spoon 1 ½ Tablespoons of beans across the diameter of the tortilla. Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon of cheese, if desired.
  4. Roll tortilla up into a cigar and place seam down on the baking sheet. If they do not stay rolled up, you can keep them closed with a toothpick.
  5. Continue filling and rolling remaining taquitos and assemble them evenly spaced on the baking sheet.
  6. Brush the tops of the taquitos with olive oil.
  7. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until brown and crispy.
  8. Serve plain or with guacamole and salsa.
*If your tortillas are a few days old, you can brush them with a little water before heating them. You can also heat all the tortillas before filling and keep them warm in a thin, clean, barely damp dish towel.

Notes: you can also make “flautas” with flour tortillas instead of corn!

*See this recipe for one way to do this.

Baked Black Bean or Chicken Taquitos | Pamela Salzman

Since Tuesday of this week was the first day of school for Mr. Picky, I am back in lunch-making mode which means I am always talking about it.  “Mr. Picky, what are you thinking for lunch tomorrow – soup or almond butter and banana sandwich?”  “Mom, I haven’t even eaten today’s lunch yet. Can I let you know later?”  Ugh.  Later turns into never and then I start stressing if Mr. Picky goes to bed without having agreed on a lunch for the next day.

Baked Black Bean or Chicken Taquitos | Pamela Salzman

However, one lunch that he always loves is taquitos of any kind.  But the ones in the frozen section of your favorite supermarket are guaranteed to have tons of junk added and they are often fried.  Uh oh.  Lucky for us, they are simple to prepare at home.  I usually make black bean or chicken.  This recipes gets really easy if you use canned refried beans or leftover slow cooker chicken taco meat.

Baked Black Bean or Chicken Taquitos | Pamela Salzman

It’s as simple as warming your tortillas until they are pliable, adding a filling, rolling them up, brushing the outside with oil so they crisp up and baking them until golden.  Any taquitos not eaten immediately get frozen for those days when I have no plan.  If you want to freeze them, instead of baking them all the way, bake for 10 minutes, cool and freeze.  To reheat, bake frozen taquitos for 8-10 minutes.

Baked Black Bean or Chicken Taquitos | Pamela Salzman

I prefer using sprouted, organic corn tortillas whenever possible because they taste great and they are the most nutritious option in a field of genetically modified, preservative -laden products.  But, sadly the sprouted corn tortillas don’t hold their shape as well when they are rolled up and baked.  Just a warning.  You can still find organic, non-GMO tortillas which I would recommend.

Baked Black Bean or Chicken Taquitos | Pamela Salzman

Here’s hoping your back-to-school experience is a good one and may your lunches be effortless!


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  1. I was inspired to make these last night as I had quite a few black beans left over. I used Gwyneth Paltrow’s filling recipe with onion, cheese, cumin and cilantro. So delicious! I loved cooking the beans in the Instapot. Thank you as always.

    • Great combo! My family devoured them.

  2. What brand of corn tortillas do you use. I have made baked taquitos in the past but find they always crack. Even when I wet/warm and keep in damp towel.

    • My favorite of late is a brand I find locally called Masienda. Have you seen them by you?

  3. The link to the chicken recipe is broken. Could you pass that along?

    • Thanks for letting me know — fixed!

  4. Can you prep these earlier and bake them later that day or the next day?

  5. Can you make these ahead of time and bake them later that day or the next day?

    • I would say yes as long as the filling is not too wet. Otherwise the tortillas will get soggy.

  6. We made these with leftover Peruvian chicken, hatch pepper tortillas, and the green sauce leftover from chicken! Delish!!

    • You’re so good! Love it!

  7. I really want to do this but not sure how to actually send them to school? Do I cook the morning of? How do you do it?

    • Yes,I freeze them par-baked and then pop them in the toaster oven until done. They will end up room temp and they will lose crispiness, but that’s the way it goes. Otherwise, if the kids have a microwave at school, they can reheat them.

  8. I make lunch for my 15 year old everyday and am also looking for inspiration. I love the taquito idea but wonder how you keep them warm and crispy or even just crispy until lunchtime? Seems like they would be soggy 5 hours later? Thanks Pamela!

    • I bake them in the morning and wrap them up in foil, but they end up at room temp and lose a little crispiness. It is what is is. Another way to go is put warm taco meat in a thermos and pack warm tortillas in foil to eat with. The struggle is real!

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I come from a large Italian-American family with 28 first cousins (on one side of the family!) where sit-down holiday dinners for 85 people are the norm (how, you might ask – organization! But more on that later …).

Some of my fondest memories are of simple family gatherings, both large and small, with long tables of bowls and platters piled high, the laughter of my cousins echoing and the comfort of tradition warming my soul.

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