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Baked Portabella Mushroom Taquitos

Baked Portabella Mushroom Taquitos
Full disclosure: before coming up with this recipe, the only taquitos I’ve had were the frozen ones from Trader Joe’s. And I didn’t like them. I didn’t hate them either, but I was left feeling pretty meh about the idea of taquitos after that. I was going to do this recipe as tacos, but for some reason, I thought, “No, I’m going to do taquitos instead! Yes, mushroom taquitos! That’s the ticket!” After a little bit of Googling, I realized that taquitos were fried. Could they be baked instead?

Yes! It is possible to bake taquitos! I found this out after some more Googling (what did we do before Google?!) and finding a recipe for Baked Chicken Taquitos on the Whole Foods website. I was a little bit put off by their method of soaking the tortillas in warm broth before filling them, so I skipped that and simply warmed the tortillas instead, which is what I do when I make enchiladas.

Baked Portabella Mushroom Taquitos
Many times when you bake something instead of frying it, it really pales in comparison to the fried version. You try to convince yourself that it’s just as good, but y’all know those oven fries just aren’t the same as fried fries. You know it! Maybe since my previous taquito experience is only the frozen variety, I don’t have the best basis to make a comparison, but I was surprised by how good these were–despite not being fried, they still turned out crispy. And between the crispy exterior and the flavorful mushroom filling, these were a pretty big hit with both me and the husband. If you’re not a mushroom fan, try substituting zucchini or yellow squash instead.

Baked Portabella Mushroom Taquitos

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 taquitos

Serving Size: 3 taquitos

Baked Portabella Mushroom Taquitos

Baked vegetarian taquitos with portabella mushrooms, onions, and queso fresco.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3 large portabella mushrooms, coarsely chopped or pulsed in a food processor
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 c. crumbled queso fresco
  • 12-6 inch corn tortillas, warmed according to package
  • cooking spray or olive oil mister
  • salsa (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and paprika; cook 1 minute. Add mushrooms and chipotle and cook until liquid from mushrooms evaporates, about 8 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in salt, pepper, cilantro, and cheese.
  3. Divide taquito filling evenly between the 12 tortillas; place the filling on one end of tortilla and roll tightly. Place in a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spray top of taquitos with additional spray and bake for 12 minutes, or until crunchy. Serve with salsa.
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49 Comments

  • Reply
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    February 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Taquito. Such a fun word to say. Taquito.

    Sorry.

    Ooh hey! I think I have corn tortillas left! Score!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I know! For a while I really wanted a chihuahua and I resolved to name him (or her) Taquito. Wouldn’t that have been great? But then my husband had to go and be the voice of reason and remind me that we already have 4 cats.

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    February 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    They look very, very good! I don’t mind the oven taste over the fried taste myself.

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      I like things that are oven-fried and I appreciate that they’re less heavy, but I miss the crunchiness & crispness that you get with frying.

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    Carol
    February 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I’ve had the Trader Joe taquito’s, they were ok. Yours look fantastic!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you! I had the vegetarian taquitos from Trader Joe’s and I think they might have been filled with refried beans, which I’m not crazy about to begin with. They were very bland…

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    Genevieve
    February 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve ever tried taquitos, but that’s probably because I’ve never seen a version like yours! They sound pretty easy to make too, so I should give them a try sometime!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      I only had them that one time–most of the time when I see them on a menu, they’re made with meat. But I think I’m going to make them more often now that I know how easy (and tasty) they are!

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    Pam
    February 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    This looks so good. And I am away all weekend so will have to wait two weeks until I can give it a try.

    Pam

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    Matt @ FaveDiets
    February 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! I love everything included in this recipe, and this looks so easy to make. Do you think whole wheat tortillas would negatively affect the taste of this dish?

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you! I’ve never tried baking whole wheat tortillas, so I’m not sure. I think any differences would be more textural–the corn tortillas are a little thicker than the wheat ones.

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    Audrey
    February 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I’m not a fan of mushrooms but I love taquitos. I’ve had them with beef, chicken and potato. Trader Joes are ok, but homemade is much better!!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Ooh, potato taquitos! I’ve never seen those before–I bet they’d be really good!

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    Brenda Williams
    February 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Never had Trader Joes, but yours look wonderful. I love oven “fried” stuff.

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      February 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      I like oven-fried foods too, although I do think French fries taste better when they’re actually fried!

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    February 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Oh these look really good!!

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    BusyWorkingMama
    February 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Love a baked option over fried. I just do not do fried foods.

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Really!? There are some fried foods that are a little over-the-top for me, but in general, I love the crispiness of things that are fried. I hate the greasiness, though, so I always oven bake things myself, but when I go to a restaurant, I always order a side of fries.

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    February 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    The only taquitos I’ve had were from Taco Bell (gross!). These look amazing – you are a great cook & I’m in awe of your photography skills.

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Ha! I think Taco Bell was the first time I had heard of taquitos, but the ones they sell all have meat in them, so I’ve never had them. (I do have a shameful love for Taco Bell potato tacos though, even though I know they’re absolutely disgusting.)

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        Jamie
        July 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

        I think you use the word “meat” a little too loosely in this context ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I am looking forward to trying these, I’m so happy I found your website!

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          Kiersten Frase
          August 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm

          Yeah, I never know what to call things like this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Melissa Au
    February 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Ooh, that sounds so yummy!

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    gem
    February 10, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I never heard or would ever have though of putting mushrooms in Taquitos, but I would definitely want to try this!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Yeah, I guess these aren’t very traditional, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚ Someone else commented that she had tried potato taquitos and now I really want to make those!

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        Miri
        September 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        go to central Mexico, they have a lot of veggie tacos, taquitos (flautas as we know them in Northen Mexico), quesadillas, tlayudas, and tlacoyos.

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    Grumpy Grateful Mom
    February 10, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I have mixed mushroom feelings. Sometimes I love them and other times-eh. But I think I’d really like this. They look amazing, even baked!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      February 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Thank you! You know, there was a time when I didn’t like mushrooms–I think a lot of people are squicked out by the texture. But now I love them!

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    Anne @ GreenEggs&Moms
    February 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Looks absolutely delicious and I would have never thought of making this! Glad I saw your link from Momma Can’s blog.

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    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama
    February 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I love portabellos! These look so delicious!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      February 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you! I think it’s hard to not like them as a vegetarian–that’s usually the default vegetarian menu item at a lot of restaurants. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Val
    February 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Wait- I thought you hated mushrooms? Heehee…

    These look SO good! I’ve had the TJ’s ones too and am not a huge fan. I LOVE their tamales though. Have you tried them?

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      I haven’t had the tamales from Trader Joe’s, but Whole Foods used to sell the most amazing frozen tamales. I don’t remember the name of the brand, but they had all these crazy vegetarian fillings. I need to try making tamales someday…

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    Candace
    February 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    You are feeding my love for Mexican food and my new love for mushrooms. These looks delicious. I can’t wait to try them!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Ooh, and if you love Mexican food, you can definitely spice these up a little more! ๐Ÿ˜€ I made them pretty mild!

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    Rachel R.
    February 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    These look really good! I’m trying to incorporate more vegetarian dinners into our diet so I’m taking notes ๐Ÿ™‚

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Thank you! I think the best way to gradually add more vegetarian meals to your diet is to forego the fake meats and concentrate on foods you already like. Because with the fake meats, you’re always thinking, “Well, real beef tastes better!”

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        Rachel R.
        February 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

        We’ve actually tried some of the Morningstar Farms fake meat products and both enjoyed them (even my rare steak-loving husband), except for actual soy burgers. Then I did some research on the type of soy that is used in these products are some people are saying those are unhealthy too. Can you ever win? ๐Ÿ™‚

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          The Type A Housewife
          February 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

          Yeah, if you’re trying to avoid processed foods, the Morningstar stuff isn’t a good idea! I try to find burgers that are made with grains, nuts, beans, and veggies instead of soy, although if you’re looking for something that imitates meat, those aren’t going to work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Anne
    February 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    These look great. I much prefer the taste of baked foods, fried just seems too greasy.

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Thank you! These definitely aren’t greasy at all, but they still manage to be crispy.

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    Jenn @therebelchick
    February 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    These look yummy! I love mushrooms, especially portabellas!

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    Di M
    April 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    This was scrumptious! I had burrito size flour taco shells, so I made two quesadillas. Sprinkled shredded cheddar cheese over the mushroom mixture before topping it with the second burrito. Grilled in a cast iron skillet, it came out quite crispy. Yum!

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    Nicki Escudero
    July 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Hi, Kiersten! I made these last night, and my boyfriend and I gobbled them up. Thanks so much for the great recipe! Nicki

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    Ashlee
    November 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Just tried these and they were AMAZING!! My whole family liked them including my 2 and 4 year old.

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