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Homemade Mexican taquitos—healthier and quicker than takeout!

By Wendy Ruopp, November 25, 2013 - 11:14am

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When the EatingWell Test Kitchen started talking about the “flautas” they were making, I admit I needed a translation. But when I tasted Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos, I knew just what they were: deliciously crispy rolled-up little tacos filled with beef—and a healthy surprise.

Taquitos are a standard item on fast-food menus. Typically they’re deep-fried and can be greasy, rolled up in calories and fat. It’s not hard to understand why they’d be popular. We’ve kept that crispy goodness, but our version is baked and so much better for you. We use lean ground beef for the filling and a whole zucchini, shredded and mixed in with the spices so its presence is subtle (some might say sneaky). Top it with some yummy sharp Cheddar, roll it up and bake for less than 20 minutes for an easy, healthier Mexican fast-food dinner at home.

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Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos
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Makes: 4 servings, 3 taquitos each
Active time: 40 minutes | Total: 40 minutes

This healthy beef taquitos recipe calls for baking instead of deep-frying, making the taquitos substantially healthier than what you’d get at a restaurant. One order of these little deep-fried, rolled-up tacos at a restaurant can set you back almost 1,000 calories and 60 grams of fat! Don’t worry if some of the taquitos crack open while baking—they’re still crispy and delicious. Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole and reduced-fat sour cream.

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TAGS: Wendy Ruopp, Food Blog, Budget meals, Dinner, Family meals, Quick meals, Recipe Makeover

Wendy Ruopp
Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. Although she writes about food for the Weeknights column of EatingWell Magazine, her husband does the cooking at home.

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