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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013




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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Shred zucchini using the large holes of a box grater. Squeeze dry in a clean kitchen towel (you should have about 2 cups). Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, beef, chili powder, onion powder, cumin and salt. Cook, stirring, until the beef is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Spread tortillas out on a baking sheet in two overlapping rows. Bake until hot, 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover.

  • Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray. Place 6 tortillas on a clean cutting board. Working quickly, spread a generous 1/4 cup beef mixture along the bottom third of a tortilla, sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon cheese and tightly roll into a cigar shape. Place the taquito seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, filling and cheese. Generously coat the top and sides of the taquitos with cooking spray.

  • Bake the taquitos until browned and crispy, 14 to 18 minutes.


Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

500 calories; protein 32.8g; carbohydrates 39.8g; dietary fiber 7.4g; sugars 2.3g; fat 24.3g; saturated fat 7.4g; cholesterol 92.5mg; vitamin a iu 2120.3IU; vitamin c 9.1mg; folate 28.2mcg; calcium 243.8mg; iron 4.8mg; magnesium 94.5mg; potassium 661.9mg; sodium 690.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
substitute cooking spray w/Olive oil Prior to heating the tortillas I lightly coated them with olive oil and eliminated spraying them with cooking spray. It worked out great! Pros: healthy oil Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Quick and easy This is a simple dish. Even my kids liked it. I think the amount of chili powder is incorrect. Three tablespoons was way too much. Wonder if it should be teaspoons instead??? Will make again for sure just with a lot less chili powder. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great Recipe I changed a couple of things. I heated the tortillas in the microwave. I then assembled them sprayed them with cooking spray and put them under the broiler - turning them over when they were done on one side. They turned out crispier than putting them in the oven and they took less time. Pros: Easy and takes little time Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved this! My husband and I loved this recipe! I changed it a little and used ground chicken breast and only 2 TBS of chili powder. This is going to be our Friday Night Mexican meal instead of going to a Mexican restaurant for sure! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I actually haven't made this yet but sounds really good. My husband doesn't like squash if any kind (neither of us like eggplant). I'd appreciate any ideas for what I could substitute for the zucchini? Read More
Rating: 3 stars
The filling is great but not so much luck with the tortillas as they cracked almost as soon as I assembled the taquitos. I heated the tortillas in the microwave and used the cooking spray and though they were easier to handle they still cracked. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made these and used the amount of chili powder that the recipe called for. They were a little spicy but I think they are supposed to be that way; otherwise they would be a little plain. I liked them and the recipe was easy. Read More