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Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos

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Are you looking for an easy and delicious Mexican dish? These Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos will make your whole family happy! This chicken taquitos recipe is easy to prepare and the taquitos make a perfect main course, snack, or appetizer.

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What Are Taquitos?

Taquitos are a type of Mexican street food consisting of small rolled-up tortillas filled with savory ingredients such as chicken, beef, cheese, peppers, and onions.

These Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos are made using an electric pressure cooker and are filled with juicy chicken and melted cheese.

How To Pronounce Taquitos?

Taquitos are pronounced tah-KEE-tohs.

What is the Difference between Taquitos and Flautas?

Flautas and Taquitos are slightly different. They may taste a little bit the same, but the major differences are that they use a different tortilla.

Taquitos are usually made with corn tortillas, which are smaller and flatter. Flautas are usually made with flour tortillas, which are a bit bigger in size and thicker.

What Is Tejan Seasoning?

Tejan seasoning is a type of Mexican-style seasoning mix that is used to add flavor and spice to a variety of dishes. It usually contains garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and other spices.

It adds a nice kick to these Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos and this spiced chicken filling pairs nicely with the cream cheese.

How Many Calories In One Chicken Taquito?

One Instant Pot Chicken Taquito contains about 220 calories, making it a great option for pairing with a side salad or beans dish.

These taquitos are also packed with protein and fiber, so they can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.

Ingredients For Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos

The ingredients for chicken cheese taquitos make about 6-8 servings. Here’s what you will need!

  • 2 Tbsp Tejan Seasoning
  • 1 (4-pound) Whole Roasting Chicken
  • 2 Limes, Halved
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Salsa
  • A Mexican Seasoning Bouillon
  • 1 8oz Package Of Cream Cheese
  • 2 Cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded Cheese
  • ½ Cup Diced Red Onion
  • 2 tbsp. Green Onions, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Salsa ( medium )
  • 15 ( 6 inch ) Tortillas (Corn Tortilla is best)
  • Garnish With Spicy Chili Lime Seasoning and Chopped Cilantro
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How To Make Chicken Taquitos

You will need about 15 min prep time. Cook time will take about 43 minutes. Follow the steps below to make these delicious chicken taquitos!

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Step 1 Prepare the Chicken

Remove giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity. Dry the chicken thoroughly with a paper towel.

Season the chicken and chicken cavity with Tejan seasoning. Stuff the cavity with the lime halves.

Step 2 Sauté Chicken

Set your 6 or 8-qt Instant Pot to the high saute setting.

Add olive oil and chicken, breast side down, and cook until evenly golden brown for about 4-5 minutes.

Flip the chicken and saute for an additional 4 minutes, remove from the Instant Pot and set aside.

Step 3 Pressure Cook Whole Chicken

Place a metal trivet into the pot. Add the chicken stock, 1 cup of salsa, and the whole chicken on top of the trivet.

Close the Instant Pot lid. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high pressure for 28 minutes.

Step 4 Natural Release Chicken

Once the pressure cooker has finished cooking, naturally release the pressure for 25 minutes. Let the chicken rest until cool.

Step 5 Remove Chicken Meat from Bone

Remove the chicken meat from the bone, and skin, and shred. Place the chicken in a large bowl.

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Add your softened cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, onions, salsa, and 1 tbsp of Tejan seasoning. Mix to combine.

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Step 6 Stuff Tortillas

Spoon 3 tbsp of the chicken mixture onto the tortilla and roll it up. Place the taquitos seam down on a parchment-covered baking pan.

Step 7 Bake Taquitos

Spray the taquitos with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with Spicy Chili Lime seasoning. Bake for 15 minutes.

If you have the Instant Pot Crisp Duo or an Instant Pot Air Fryer function, you can air fry your taquitos in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes.

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Step 8: Garnish And Serve Chicken Cheese Taquitos

Garnish your taquitos with more Mexican seasoning, green onions and sour cream. Serve with your favorite salsa or dip. Enjoy!

These Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos are the perfect blend of flavor, texture, and simple preparation to make a delicious meal that your entire family will love!

These shredded chicken taquitos are great for an easy weeknight dinner or a delicious snack. Packed with flavor the whole family will love this easy Instant Pot chicken taquitos recipe.

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Can I Use Chicken Breast Instead Of A Whole Chicken?

Yes, some people prefer to make their chicken taquitos using boneless skinless chicken breasts.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether you use a whole chicken, a precooked chicken, skinless chicken breasts or frozen chicken breasts.

The important thing is that you can use a cooked shredded chicken mixture to fill the tortillas.

Can I Add Tomato Sauce To Taquitos?

Yes, you can add tomato sauce to chicken taquitos. It is a great way to add more flavor and texture to the dish.

Tomato sauce can also be added in place of salsa or sour cream or used as an additional topping.

You can also use any other type of sauce you would like to customize the flavors of your taquitos. For instance

What To Serve With Chicken Taquitos

You can’t have taquitos without some other Mexican sides. Here are some ideas:

These chicken cheese taquitos are great with shredded lettuce, sour cream and your favorite salad ingredients.

What To Dip Chicken Taquitos In?

I like to dip my Instant Pot chicken taquitos in a sour cream and salsa mixture. You can also use guacamole, cheese dip, Mexican crema or my favorite, a homemade spicy avocado sauce.

You can also just serve them with your favorite salsa as a topping or dipping sauce.

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Can You Freeze Taquitos?

Instant Pot chicken taquitos can be frozen after cooking if you have leftovers. Place the taquitos in a single layer on parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours.

How To Reheat Frozen Taquitos

Transfer the chicken and cheese taquitos to an airtight container or freezer bag and store them for up to 3 months.

To enjoy, bake from frozen in preheated oven at 425°F for 15 minutes.

How To Air Fry Frozen Chicken Taquitos

To air fry these chicken cheese taquitos, place the frozen taquito in the air fryer or Instant Pot with an air fryer lid for 10 minutes.

How To Make Slow Cooker Taquitos?

You can also make chicken taquitos in a slow cooker. To do this, mix the shredded chicken, salsa, and cream cheese in a large bowl.

Place some of the mixture into each tortilla, roll them up and place them in a greased crock pot in an even layer.

Pour the remaining salsa over the top and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours. Serve warm with your favorite garnishes and enjoy!

More Instant Pot Recipes To Enjoy:

Here are some more tasty recipes to try in your Instant Pot:

Chicken Taquitos
Yield: 4-6

Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos With Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 43 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes

This Instant Pot Recipe is good to serve when you are craving to Mexican dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Tejan Seasoning
  • 1 (4-pound) Whole Roasting Chicken
  • 2 Limes, Halved
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Salsa
  • A Mexican Seasoning Bouillon
  • 1 8oz Package Of Cream Cheese
  • 2 Cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded Cheese
  • ½ Cup Diced Red Onion
  • 2 tbsp. Green Onions, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Salsa ( medium )
  • 15 ( 6 inch ) Tortillas (Corn Tortilla is best)
  • Garnish With Spicy Chili Lime Seasoning and Chopped Cilantro

Notes

Step 1 Prepare the Chicken

Remove giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity. Dry the chicken thoroughly with a paper towel.

Season the chicken and chicken cavity with Tejan seasoning. Stuff the cavity with the lime halves.

Step 2 Sauté Chicken

Set your 6 or 8-qt Instant Pot to the high saute setting.

Add olive oil and chicken, breast side down, and cook until evenly golden brown for about 4-5 minutes.

Flip the chicken and saute for an additional 4 minutes, remove from the Instant Pot and set aside.

Step 3 Pressure Cook Whole Chicken

Place a metal trivet into the pot. Add the chicken stock, 1 cup of salsa, and the whole chicken on top of the trivet.

Close the Instant Pot lid. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high pressure for 28 minutes.

Step 4 Natural Release Chicken

Once the pressure cooker has finished cooking, naturally release the pressure for 25 minutes. Let the chicken rest until cool.

Step 5 Remove Chicken Meat from Bone

Remove the chicken meat from the bone, and skin, and shred. Place the chicken in a large bowl.

Add your softened cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, onions, salsa, and 1 tbsp of Tejan seasoning. Mix to combine.

Step 6 Stuff Tortillas

Spoon 3 tbsp of the chicken mixture onto the tortilla and roll it up. Place the taquitos seam down on a parchment-covered baking pan.

Step 7 Bake Taquitos

Spray the taquitos with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with Spicy Chili Lime seasoning. Bake for 15 minutes.

If you have the Instant Pot Crisp Duo or an Instant Pot Air Fryer function, you can air fry your taquitos in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes.

Step 8: Garnish And Serve Chicken Cheese Taquitos

Garnish your taquitos with more Mexican seasoning, green onions and sour cream. Serve with your favorite salsa or dip. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1124Total Fat: 80gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 274mgSodium: 5010mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 6gSugar: 13gProtein: 74g

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