This healthy beef taquitos recipe for two 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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Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

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  • Shred zucchini using the large holes of a box grater. Squeeze dry in a clean kitchen towel (you should have about 1 cup). Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, beef, chili powder, onion powder, cumin and salt. Cook, stirring, until beef is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Spread tortillas out on a large 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 the 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.

Nutrition Facts

500 calories; protein 32.8g 66% DV; carbohydrates 39.8g 13% DV; dietary fiber 7.4g 30% DV; sugars 2.3g; fat 24.3g 37% DV; saturated fat 7.4g 37% DV; cholesterol 92.5mg 31% DV; vitamin a iu 2120.3IU 42% DV; vitamin c 9.1mg 15% DV; folate 28.2mcg 7% DV; calcium 243.8mg 24% DV; iron 4.8mg 27% DV; magnesium 94.5mg 34% DV; potassium 661.9mg 19% DV; sodium 690.8mg 28% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.

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01/07/2014
Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos for Two A little fiddle to roll up after you have toasted the tortilla but tasted great. Next time I wouldn't toast the tortilla first. Pros: Awesome tasting Cons: Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos for Two Read More