Taquitos with Chicken, Smoked Cheddar and Pepper Jelly

Last month I received a care package from TortillaLand. Have you ever tried their uncooked flour or corn tortillas? They are our very favorite. My kids were so excited to see the packages of their favorite tortillas and immediately started making their requests. We usually make corn and flour quesadillas more than anything else because it’s something we all like. But, as I told them, there are more things to do with corn tortillas than making quesadillas! Take these Taquitos with Chicken, Smoked Cheddar and Peppery Jelly, for example, or tostadas, enchiladas, tacos, and chilaquiles. We could have something different every night of the week and never get tired.

One thing I have never made for our family is taquitos. I am pretty sure my kids have never even tried taquitos. But I was sure they would love them. One day we were eating pepper jelly with goat cheese as a snack while we made quesadillas for our kids. My husband came up with a great idea. He made a quesadilla (on a corn tortilla) with cheddar and pepper jelly. (It’s our new favorite condiment.) It was SO good. Then he said, “Hey! Wouldn’t this be really good with smoked cheddar?” The next time we were out and about, we picked up some smoked cheddar and tried it out in the form of taquitos. They were incredible, but the cheese and jelly oozed out leaving the tortilla shell kind of empty. So the next time we made them, I added some chopped leftover roasted chicken. That was the perfect fix!

If you’re never made taquitos at home, you’re in for a treat!
We made these taquitos again over the weekend and they were a great snack to keep us going as we did some fall cleaning and organizing. And of course by “cleaning” and “organizing,” I mean pleading with my children to please clean up their rooms and put their laundry away. In the end we were successful in that regard…even if it took all day. :)

Like I said, we really prefer the uncooked TortillaLand corn tortillas to any others on the market. So much easier than making them from scratch! It’s easy enough to cook them briefly in a hot cast iron skillet. We have also found a great pepper jelly we like from Trader Joe’s. It’s kinda crazy how fast a jar can disappear. If pepper jelly isn’t your thing, use your favorite salsa. As far as cheese goes, we really liked the smoked cheddar, but these are also good with regular cheddar or Monterey Jack. Next time, I’m using goat cheese.

These are the perfect afternoon snack and would be a great appetizer for game day!

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Taquitos with Chicken, Smoked Cheddar and Pepper Jelly

Crispy baked taquitos with chicken, smoked cheddar, and spicy pepper jelly make a great game day appetizer.

  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


Units Scale
  • 12 uncooked corn Tortillaland tortillas
  • 3/4 cup chopped or shredded cooked chicken
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar, cut into 12 slices
  • 1/4 cup pepper jelly
  • a little oil or non-stick cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat a dry skillet (no oil) until very hot. Briefly cook both sides of each tortilla in the dry skillet for about 10-15 seconds. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. (Cover with a damp dish towel if they’ll be sitting for longer than a few minutes to keep them from drying out.)
  3. Working in batches, spoon 1 teaspoon of pepper jelly down the middle of each tortilla, top with about 1 Tablespoon of the chicken followed by a piece of smoked cheddar. Tightly roll up and place on the baking sheet with the seam side down. Brush the tops with a little oil or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp on the outside. Let cool slightly before serving. Best eaten when still warm.
  • Author: Lindsey Johnson
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins

Disclosure: TortillaLand sent me complimentary corn and flour tortillas to enjoy in my cooking. My opinions and gushing are always my own. This is a product I already buy and use on a regular basis.

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  1. Today I realized that I had only 1 hour to prepare something for a pot luck today. I almost had all the ingredients here. I didn’t have pepper jelly or the right kind of cheese so I used mozzarella shredded cheese and regular jelly. I then sliced up some jalapeño’s so it was spicy. The dish also had to sit in the cold car for 2 hours before I brought it in to the party. I pounded out the 2 chicken breasts so they were even and pan fried them about 10 minutes after salt and pepper on them. After I cooked each of the tortilla’s one at a time I assembled them right when they came off the pan. I used a lot more jelly than a tsp and then arranged them in the pan. The host had the oven preheated for me at 400 and I just popped them in the oven for the 15 minutes. They were more full than the picture so I cut them into 3 pieces each. It was so easy and perfect and everyone raved how good they were. I will for sure make these for dinner sometime. This is a keeper.

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