Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos


This healthier beef taquitos recipe calls for baking instead of deep-frying. 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.

Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings, 3 taquitos each


  • 1 medium zucchini

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas

  • Canola oil cooking spray

  • ¾ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

500 Calories
24g Fat
40g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 taquitos
Calories 500
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 33g 66%
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Vitamin A 2120IU 42%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 28mcg 7%
Sodium 691mg 30%
Calcium 244mg 19%
Iron 5mg 27%
Magnesium 95mg 23%
Potassium 662mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

Related Articles