Frozen taquitos are one of my favorite frozen snacks. They are ready in a jiffy and aren’t demanding at all, so I can direct my energy toward making them more delicious and more appealing. Taquitos are a delight to work with and go with a huge number of sides. So, how to make frozen taquitos better?
You can improve frozen taquitos by adding fresh toppings, and more cheese, baking them instead of microwaving them, serving them with dipping sauce, pairing them with chili or on a bed of rice, or topping them with fried eggs.
Frozen taquitos are delicious when served as they are, but I find them a little dry, so I like to make things juicier and more exciting. In this article, I will share with you some of my taquito wisdom so that you can enjoy them as much as I do.
Add Fresh Toppings
Adding fresh toppings will inject them with extra taste as well as add extra texture. When cooked, frozen taquitos can be a little rough on the palate, so pairing them with a gentler texture can do the trick.
I like to add fresh cilantro for freshness and more flavor, as well as diced tomatoes and onions on top. It may be a little messy, but you can stick the toppings with an extra layer of cheese.
Although frozen taquitos already contain cheese, it is always a good idea to add some more. Bake them halfway and take them out. Top them with a nice thick cheese layer and let them finish baking.
They will be creamier and softer, not to mention richer and more flavorful. This is one of my favorite ideas because you can further upgrade it by adding other toppings, sauces, or dips.
A delicious dipping sauce is definitely one of the safest and least risky ideas. This way, you don’t do anything to the taquitos but just dip them into the sauce. If you don’t like how the sauce and taquitos mash, you just don’t dip them, and that’s it.
Still, the chances of you not liking them are slim to none, as they combine with a bunch of sauces, especially tomato and cheese based. You can make yourself salsa or marinara sauce, guacamole, cream cheese sauce, or even plain ketchup or mayo.
The dip will significantly soften the taquito texture, not to mention the flavors it will inject into your meal/snack.
Bake Instead of Microwaving
You would probably microwave your frozen taquitos instead of baking them, and why wouldn’t you? It’s quicker and less messy, but when it comes to making them more delicious, it’s worth walking the extra mile.
I usually line them on a parchment paper-covered baking tray and pop them in the oven. Before baking them, I sometimes top them with butter and let them bake. They are juicier this way since the filling gets fully cooked, and the butter does an excellent job enriching them.
Also, they will have a perfectly balanced texture, hitting that sweet spot between soft and crunchy.
Serve with Chili
Since both chili and taquitos are staple Mexican dishes, it’s only natural that they complement each other and go great together. If you want to make your frozen taquitos tastier without actually doing anything to them, serving them with chili could be the solution you are looking for.
Make a delicious chili paste and serve it on the side as a side dish or a dip. You can further enrich this story with salsa on the side and turn this into a rich Mexican dish.
Serve with Salad
The vibrant and juicy taquitos pair excellently with a ton of salads, so take your pick and enjoy. I like to pair my frozen taquitos with Cesar salad, but you can make yourself a nice green salad, summer salad, or zucchini salad.
Just make sure your salad is chilled and not overly spicy. I simply adore it when the dressing is zesty, so I like to use lemon juice, but you can also use balsamic vinegar or sour cream.
Serve with Rice
If you like mixing cuisines, why not make Chinese-Mexican fusion? If you have a little spare time, you can make yourself a bowl of rice and top it with soy sauce and maybe some olive chunks.
Serve your taquitos with a bowl of this plain but flavorful rice, and enjoy the dance of the umami and Mexican zest on your palate.
Add Fried Eggs
Fried eggs go with almost everything! Still, consuming them often is not particularly good for you. So, this idea should be a part of your menu occasionally and not a standard practice. Nevertheless, it’s a delicious combination!
Fry up some eggs and top your taquitos with them. Make sure you have enough eggs to cover all of the taquitos. I like to make them sunny side up and poke the yolk that spills over my taquitos, but feel free to make it any way you like.
Make Taquito Salad
If you like to experiment with food, then making a taquito salad is the right idea for you. Cut your taquitos into tiny pieces and mix them in a bowl with lettuce, rocket, cherry tomatoes, perhaps a few jalapeno pieces, and grilled cheese cubes.
You can mix and match any way you like and still get an amazingly rich and delicious taquito salad. Don’t forget to dress it with some mayo and sour cream dressing, or maybe an avocado dip or another dressing you think would fit.
Frozen Taquito Salad
- 3 Frozen Taquitos
- 1 cup Rocket Lettuce
- 7 Cherry Tomatoes
- ½ cup Croutons
- ⅛ Jalapeno Pepper
- 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
- Make the frozen taquitos according to the instructions on the package and let them cool down.
- Half the tomatoes and chop up taquitos into bite-sized pieces.
- Mix all the ingredients together into a delicious taquito salad!