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Baked Chicken and Avocado Taquitos

My toddler has a brand new trick, and it's pure evil I tell you.

Sure, he has the most beautiful big blue eyes you've ever seen, and he says and does things that could melt your heart in less than a second. But when he does something bad, he seems to play all his crazy cards and milks it for all it's worth. 


(face palm)

I can't even look at the stuff now.

It was Saturday morning. The kid shot out of bed at 6:30am, and it was my "Saturday turn" to watch him while the spouse slept in. I hate this system - but only on the days it's my turn. What can I say? I'm kind of a bad sport that way. Anyway, it was about 9:00, and I was getting a little hungry. I didn't want to eat because I knew I was going to go for a run that morning. Ryan was still snoozing away. The manchild/toddler was happily eating his breakfast with his pirate hat and batman jammies on. There was no sight of liquid to be seen in the kitchen, and I had his favorite cartoon streaming on my laptop from Netflix. I got dressed in my exercise attire, and tried to wake Ryan up. He woke up, I told him I was going to run/exercise, and then I left. 

Bad. Bad. BAD idea. 

The next thing I know, 45 minutes later, I come home to Ryan sopping up a lake of milk on the kitchen table and the kitchen floor, and my laptop was SOAKED in WHOLE FREAKING MILK. 

The adult-in-charge had fallen back asleep, and the toddler had taken a gallon of milk from our refrigerator and dumped it out on the kitchen table over my nearly $600 touch-screen laptop. 

I wish I could say this was the first time this has happened. 

But I can't. 

And that is why we've decided to pay-through-the-nose for a new warranty/insurance on the new laptop-en-route to the apartment. No new couch for us this month, as planned. 

Maybe we should have spent the money on parenting classes. 

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These taquitos are spit easy. SPIT, man. I don't even know what that means, but I'm sticking to it. You just grab a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work, shred the heck out of it, toss it in a bowl with cheese, cilantro, and salsa, toss it in a tortilla with some fresh avocado, roll it up, throw it in the oven, bake, and DONE. Dinner is served almost immediately. I was surprised how good these were. I ate four for lunch one day, and when dinnertime rolled around, I didn't even feel hungry. They stick to your bones, and fill those bellies right up. Perfect for a low-maintenance dinner after a morning filled with the title wave of milky toddler wrath. 


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Baked Chicken and Avocado Taquitos 
makes roughly 8-10 taquitos

4 C shredded cooked chicken (I LOVE using rotisserie here)
1 C salsa, plus more for serving
8-10 mini flour tortillas
1-2 avocados, diced
2 C shredded pepperjack cheese (or any mexi-blend)
1/2 C fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and then spray a little bit of cooking spray over aluminum foil to prep before baking.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together shredded chicken, salsa, 2-3 T chopped cilantro, and about a 1/2 C of cheese until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
3. Lay tortillas all out on a flat working surface - it's easier to assemble them all at once instead of one at a time. Place about 1/2 C shredded chicken in a line down the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese and a little cilantro, then add a bit of avocado to each tortilla. Squeeze just a touch of lime juice to each taquito, then roll each of them up tightly.
4. Placing seam-side down, place on backing sheet. Mist the tortillas with a little cooking spray. Bake for 20 minute until tops are lightly toasted, and cheese on the inside is melted.
5. Serve immediately with salsa.

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  1. OUCH!!!! Now that would make you sick of milk.

    Charlotte Moore

  2. OH NO! I feel like 'went back to sleep parent' should have to pull two Saturday mornings in a row. HAHA! =) By the way, I tried your Blackened Chicken with Quinoa and Avocado Sauce last night and it was amazing!

  3. Ouch, sorry about that. Did your boy spill milk on purpose or an accident. Man, I would of been frustrated. These toquitos look great.


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