Sunday, December 20, 2009

Noche Buena Chicken Taquitos

I've been trying to think about what I want to make for Christmas Eve dinner. I don't really have a tradition yet, but I'd like to start.

Growing up in Southern California we would often have Mexican food on Christmas Eve. Mexican is always a crowd pleaser and the red tomatoes and bright green lettuce and guacamole look so festive on the Christmas table.

I made these taquitos a few weeks ago and they were awesome! I found the recipe on
Teresa's site that I love called A Blog About Food. I've been thinking about making these and having a "Noche Buena" theme which is how you say Christmas Eve in Spanish.

Do you have a Christmas Eve dinner tradition?

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Slightly adapted from My Kitchen Cafe


4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup green salsa, green taco sauce and red salsa is also good
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 green onion, sliced finely
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup grated monterey jack cheese (use pepperjack if you like a little heat)
1/2 cup black beans
small yellow or white corn or flour tortillas
kosher salt
cooking spray


Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix softened cream cheese, green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.

Working with a few tortillas at a time, place 3-4 between two damp paper towels and microwave for 30-45 seconds, until tortillas are soft and pliable and don't crack while rolling. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture on the lower third of a soft tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Then roll it up as tight as you can. (A few of mine wanted to rebel and come unrolled so I stuck a toothpick through them to keep them right and tight.)

Place filled taquitos seam side down on the baking sheet, making sure they don't touch each other. When ready to bake, spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and lightly sprinkle some kosher (coarse) salt on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. Serve immediately. Taquitos can be dipped in in salsa, sour cream or guac.

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  1. "Noche Buena" here in Miami is the wonderful smell of whole pigs being cooked outside in the ground or in "caja china's". They slow cook them all day long. The traditional side dishes are "moros" which is black beans and rice cooked together, yuca, and cuban bread.

  2. Those look really good! We usually just do finger foods but I was thinking of starting a new tradition. I want to have "Christmas Pasta"
    I really like the sound of it. Maybe some Alfredo or slow cooked red sauce with homemade meatballs.

  3. looks delicious. what is that yummy looking cabbagey-slaw that you served them with?

  4. I love it! The food looks awesome and the Mexican tradition sounds fun. The Hubs and I are both Mexican food lovers. I get so sick of all the homestyle crap this time of year (I only ate some ham, salad and a roll at Thanksgiving- the food for that holiday is so ick!) Our youngest is in the Spanish Immersion program at school so this could be extra fun for us.

  5. Oh YUM! Im coming to your place:) We dont really do anything on christmas eve. Our tradition is to eat big lemon sugar cookies with frosting while we open gifts. Then we have a big breakfast and take it easy for the rest of the day. Since moving to the netherlands it's a bit different. Over here there is 2 christmas days. The first one being the 25th and then the second is the 26th wich is when you do your visiting. This year Im going to make a small turkey dinner for us on the 26th:)

  6. Yum! That looks so good! We don't have a one thing we eat every Christmas Eve...with all my cousins and everything we do a progressive dinner. Sometime I wish we had a tradition with just me and my little family!

  7. I love tacos!!!Those look wonderful.

  8. oh yum! i'm glad you liked these! did you stick around pa for christmas this year? hope you're having a wonderful holiday!

  9. They look so good! Fun tradition to have Mexican food. Mmmmm. I'd love some right now.


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