Occasionally, single girls will invite single guys over for a meal and when they do, it's not uncommon for us to make our BEST meal. We clean our house like crazy, put on good music, light some candles, and make a meal that is guaranteed to make our man's belly fall in love with us...if not his heart. ; ) That's what I mean by "seal the deal"...and my tacquitos do it every time!!!
Now, this meal isn't just for luvahs, but friends, too! Clare and Matt's baby is due pretty soon, and our friend Jennifer arranged a dinner delivery schedule for them. The tacquitos are a perfect meal because they're yummy and FREEZE super well!
ENOUGH OF MY BLAH BLAH BLAH'n, let's get cookin!
The REST of the ingredients: corn tortillas, canola oil, mexican blend shredded cheese, canned chicken in water, and shredded roast beef. YEP, THAT'S IT! Don't judge the canned meats until you've tried 'em! Incidentally, Libby's Roast Beef in a can is the best, just scoop out the gravy.
When the oil heats up, it's time to start soft-frying your tortillas. I dip mine into the hot oil for a couple of seconds. When the tortilla starts to bubble, I flip it over for a few seconds. Now, the point here isn't to make crispy shells, but just get them to the point where when they're rolled, they'll hold their form. So keep in mind that you still want them bendy and flexible!
Oh hey, like my new apron? It matches my sassy dish gloves! And how random that it practically matches my dress! (PS - for those of you who want to know, I got the adorable apron at Pier 1...SERIOUSLY!)
And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.
As you're pulling the tortillas out of the frying pan, lay them out on paper towels and stagger them. Then start to layer them. Once they're not so freaking hot that they scald your hands (ahem, lesson learned here), try to blot out the grease and have the towels absorb as much of the oil as possible.
Now that you're done with the frying pan, it's time to start assembling your tacquitos! Take a scoop of the beef and a scoop of the cheese and place them at the top of one of the tortillas, then roll them downward. Then place them in a greased pan.
Again, the GREAT thing about these tacquitos is they can be freezed before they're baked! But, if you want to have them go strait into the oven, sprinkle a little cheese on top, then bake them at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until they're a little crunchy to the touch.
So, ya, even though I made these for Clare and Matt, I ate a couple...for YOU! How could I not display these beauties in their finished form??? I like to eat them with the lamest salsa ever...PACE Picante Sauce. Oh ya, I'm ghetto like that. But whatever salsa you use, I recommend that you scoop it into the tip of the tacquito and take a big bite.
BUT WARNING...after eating these, you MAY fall in love with me. If you can handle it, then I guess I can, too!