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November 13, 2013

Oven Fried Beef Taquitos

Oven Fried Beef Taquitos
Oven Fried Beef Taquitos



I can be a very outspoken and stubborn person. Not in a mean or spiteful way, but I grew up with a mother that made it very clear that I was not going to have the life that she ended up with. She spent hours taking me to chess club, dance classes and science camps. I never thought that I couldn't do something, I just had to try a little harder. My mother was one of the smartest people that I have ever known. However, she was also the oldest of 12 kids, so money was always tight and opportunities were few.

Growing up we oftentimes had little money. My dad worked as an aide in a nursing home and my mother sold Tupperware. Neither of my parents were fortunate enough to have gone to college and most of the jobs they worked were minimum wage. There were years my mother cried standing in line at the food bank, but we pulled through.

While I would never wish hardship on anyone, my mother was incredibly strong and passed this trait on to me. I worked my way through college and graduate school, paying my own tuition, rent and traveling to Europe twice. My parents weren't overly gushy with praise, but the day I graduated with my undergraduate degree my dad cried. He didn't have to say anything, I understood. Nine days after my oldest son was born my mother passed away of cancer 2500 hundred miles away from me. I called on the strength that my mother instilled on me to get through some of the hardest weeks of my life.

So whenever my husband jokes that I am stubborn and outspoken, I smile. Those aren't the worst traits that someone can have and I hope that my kids carry on the family tradition.

The last couple of weeks I have been trying to make more oven roasted recipes that use less oil. I try to watch my husband's diet due to health issues that run on his side of the family. That doesn't mean that we don't enjoy the occasional treat, but I try to use recipes that reduce the fat at least a couple of days a week. Last night I tried a new recipe for Oven Fried Beef Taquitos from the November/December 2013 issue of Eating Well Magazine.
Lake Vesuvius Ohio

This recipe has 10 ingredients. It takes 40 minutes of total time, all of which is active and makes 4 servings. I did make a few changes to the original recipe. I find it much easier to heat corn tortillas in the microwave with a damp paper towel. I do them in batches of 6 at a time, be careful they are really hot when they come out. The biggest change I made was to cook the taquitos for an extra 5 minutes. At 18 minutes they were still not fully browned.
Lake Vesuvius Ohio
Lake Vesuvius Ohio

My kids absolutely fell in love with this recipe, they loved it. I served the taquitos with sour cream and salsa, which were great sides. My husband and youngest son ate the left overs cold the next day. They both thought that the cold leftovers were even better than when the recipe was served hot. The one change that I would make would be to increase the amount of salt. As the recipe is written it is under salted.

For the recipe go to Oven Fried Beef Taquitos. 

Oven Fried Beef Taquitos


Recipe Type: Main
Summary:
An easy oven fried beef taquitos recipe with 33 grams of protein per serving. Even better the next day!
Preparation Time: 0h, 20m
Total Time: 0h, 40m
Yield: Serves 4

20 comments:

  1. First off, I want to eat those taquitos like right now! I like that it's an easy recipe and uses ground beef (I bought a TON at Costco!).

    Those photos are gorgeous!!!! Love love love. I have a friend who lives in Ohio and he goes to WV often (just went to the Golden Palace) and is always posting gorgeous photos. So nice!

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog!

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    1. I have bought the huge things of ground beef too :) I like to buy them and freeze them in 1 pound packages for latter meals.

      Thanks for all the sweet comments, I really do appreciate them!

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  2. I am so seriously drooling right now! I will make these. Thanks for sharing at the Create It Thursday Link Party.

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments and for hosting!

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  3. I can eat this right now. Looks so yummy. Perfect while watching my favorite series on TV.
    And yes, I am stubborn,too. ;)

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    1. I like to have a snack when I watch tv too :) I think a lot of us our stubborn!

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  4. I am very outspoken and stubborn, too, but honestly - most people around my parts are. You kind of have to be to get what you need., It's just how we are here in Boston :)

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    1. A lot of people in Seattle are like that too :) People around here are more laid back though, so my husband is always telling me to calm down and not embarrass him!

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  5. These look really good and it's nice to know that they're pretty healthy.

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    1. Thanks :) They are a lot healthier than the regular friend version, they are loaded with fat!

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  6. I too am stubborn and outspoken. Good for you! Loved your post and am going to try your recipe.

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    1. Glad to know that I'm not alone :) If you try the recipe tell me how it turns out (good or bad)!

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  7. Hi Ann,
    I'm sorry to hear about your mother. It's so difficult to lose someone so close to you. It's fantastic that you are able to cherish the values that she and your father instilled in you. Thank you for sharing that with us.
    As for the recipe: I probably read this post at the wrong time because I was just thinking about what to have for lunch. This would fit in with my pregnancy diet. I'm not on a diet per se. It's just that with this pregnancy all I crave is meat, meat and more meat. I'm not a vegetarian but I do try to balance what I eat. Not with this pregnancy. It's entertaining everyone around me, though.
    I appreciate you linking up this healthier version of what have become my meat meals to the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop.

    Sincerely,
    Karina

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    1. Thanks for the kind words :) With my first pregnancy I couldn't stand meat and ate very little my whole pregnancy. However, with my second I had a minor bacon obsession and ate more than I am willing to admit :) Luckily it didn't cause me too much weight gain and he came out fine! Thanks for hosting the hop!

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  8. Sounds like you're very much like your mother although you may not see it. Being stubborn and outspoken is something my mother is and I'm quite the opposite. I sometimes have to tell her being outspoken isn't always a good thing but she says "she has to speak her mind and not keep it bottled up inside". :) I actually just bought some of these from the supermarket. Now I can make some all on my own. Thanks for the recipe. I love the photos. Looks like somewhere I can just relax with a book to read. :)

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    1. I have learned to reign it in over the years :) I think we all mellow out a little as we get older. I have bought the supermarket ones many times for my boys. They liked these ones even better though! Thanks for the sweet comments about the photos, it's a great place to take the kids for hikes, they love it.

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  9. That is a great way to make taquitos.

    I'm sorry to hear you lost your mom, and especially so soon after having such an amazing happening in the family (your oldest being born).

    It's nice that your mom instilled the importance of effort in you. I applaud that and do the same with my children.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I too try to raise my kids with the importance of effort in everything they do. It's an important lesson!

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  10. I can't get to the recipe. :( could you repost it or something? I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

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    1. I tried the link and it should work, here's the link again in case the one above is causing you problems. Hope that helps :) (I don't copy recipes from other sites due to copyright) Thanks for stopping by, if you try the recipe tell me how it turns out!

      http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/oven_fried_beef_taquitos

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