These li'l Mexican treats are so stuffed, they're almost guaranteed to crack a bit when you bake 'em in the oven -- hence the name "Exploding." De verdad!
Ingredients: 8 small (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas One 9.75-oz. (or 10-oz.) can 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water, drained well 1/2 cup salsa 1/3 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese 1/4 tsp. dry taco seasoning mix Optional: red enchilada sauce, additional salsa, fat-free sour cream, for dipping
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and salsa, and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Remove chicken mixture from the fridge, and drain any excess liquid. Add cheese and taco seasoning, and mix to combine. This is your filling. Set aside.
Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with nonstick spray, and set it aside.
Dampen two paper towels, and place tortillas between them. Microwave for about 1 minute, until tortillas are warm and pliable.
Take one tortilla (keep the rest between the paper towels), spray both sides lightly with nonstick spray, and lay it flat on a clean dry surface. Spoon about 2 heaping tbsp. of filling onto the tortilla. Spread it evenly across the entire surface, and roll tortilla up tightly, so that you have a cigar-shaped tube. Secure with toothpicks and place seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
Bake for 14 - 16 minutes, until crispy. Allow taquitos to cool for 5 minutes. If you like, dunk in enchilada sauce, salsa, or sour cream!
Taquitos are famous. They make appearances at parties, fast-food Mexican joints, buffets, and more. And since they're so cute, so easy to hold, and SO easy to eat, you can find yourself downing 3 or 4 of these kooky, cheese-infested tubes in no time. That can add as much as two-dozen fat grams and more than 500 calories to your day -- and typically taquitos are eaten as a SNACK or appetizer. As a meal, they can be even more disastrous -- order the chicken taquitos at Baja Fresh or La Salsa and you'll be served 740 - 780 calories and 40 - 42g fat. Yowza! Not worth it, people... Nuh-uh. In just a few short minutes, you can whip up a reduced-calorie, extremely low-fat version of these things that'll have friends, family members, and party guests FLIPPING. So pass right by those ginormous boxes of taquitos in the freezer aisle, pick up a few key ingredients, and make your OWN kind at home. They could NOT be easier to make... or more delicious! And, despite what you may think, canned chicken works PERFECTLY in this recipe. MAKE IT NOW!!! (Sorry to be pushy, but you'll thank us.)
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