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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Taquitos

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Are you looking for an easy and delicious Mexican dish? These Instant Pot Creamy 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.

Pair these taquitos with Sweet and Spicy Strawberry Salsa and you’ll have the perfect meal!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Here are some reasons you’ll love this Instant Pot chicken taquito recipe:

  • Flavorful Filling: Succulent chicken with Mexican spices makes a scrumptious and satisfying stuffing.
  • Time-Saver: The Instant Pot helps prepare homemade taquitos in record time.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Crispy, cheesy, and perfect for parties, these taquitos are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

Recipe Ingredients

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

  • Tejan Seasoning: Brings a bold, robust flavor to the chicken, setting the flavor base for the taquitos.
  • Whole Roasting Chicken: The main protein in this dish, it provides a hearty, filling bite with every taquito. You can use leftover chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken.
  • Limes: Add a bright, citrusy note that cuts through the rich flavors of the chicken and cheese.
  • Olive Oil or Canola Oil: Used for sautéing and crisping up the taquitos, giving them that desirable golden-brown exterior.
  • Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth: Adds a rich depth of flavor to the chicken, ensuring it’s juicy and flavorful.
  • Mexican Seasoning Bouillon: Amplifies the savory, umami flavors in the dish, adding a hint of Mexican spices.
  • Cream Cheese: Gives the filling a creamy, tangy element that balances out the savory chicken and spicy salsa.
  • Monterey Jack Cheese: Melts beautifully inside the tortillas, adding a gooey, cheesy element that’s irresistible.
  • Red Onion & Green Onions: Add a bit of crunch and a fresh, slightly sweet flavor that complements the other ingredients.
  • Salsa: Brings heat and tanginess to the taquitos, making every bite exciting and flavorful.
  • Corn Tortillas: Serve as the vessel for all the delicious fillings, providing a chewy texture that contrasts with the creamy filling.
  • Spicy Chili Lime Seasoning & Chopped Cilantro: Used as garnish, they add a final punch of flavor, heat, and freshness to the taquitos.
Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos

How To Make Creamy Chicken Taquitos?

Follow the steps below to make these delicious chicken taquitos!

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Step One: 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 Two: 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 Three: 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 Four: Natural Release Chicken

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

Step Five: 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 Six: 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 Seven: 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 Eight: Garnish and Serve

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

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Cooking Tips

  • Read Instructions First: These Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos are the perfect blend of flavor, texture. Be sure to read the instructions before starting to ensure you make them correctly.

Substitutions

  • Cooked Chicken: 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 for your homemade chicken taquitos
  • Lime Juice: You can add fresh lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder into this recipe in place of the chili lime seasoning.
  • Cheese: You can use shredded cheese such as cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese if you don’t have Monterey Jack Cheese.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Storage in the Fridge: Allow chicken taquitos to cool, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Freeze taquitos individually on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer-safe container for up to 2-3 months.
  • Reheating from the Fridge: Preheat the oven to 375°F, warm refrigerated taquitos on a baking sheet for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
  • Reheating from the Freezer: Bake frozen taquitos on a sheet at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or until thoroughly heated, ensuring an internal temperature of at least 165°F.

What to Serve With Chicken Taquitos?

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

  • Corn on the Cob: Grilled or boiled corn on the cob, brushed with butter and sprinkled with Mexican spices.
  • Pineapple Salsa: A tropical twist with diced pineapple, red onion, jalapeños, and cilantro for a sweet and spicy kick.
  • Instant Pot Mexican Rice: Fluffy rice infused with tomatoes, spices, and herbs, a flavorful side that pairs perfectly with taquitos.
  • Easy Refried Beans: Creamy and savory refried beans, a classic Mexican side dish made effortlessly.
  • Chopped Salad: A colorful mix of fresh veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, and bell peppers with a zesty vinaigrette.

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.

FAQ’S

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 powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder, salt, and other spices.

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.

Chicken Taquitos

Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos With Salsa

Yield: 4-6
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

Instructions

    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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