Today’s adventure can help keep a meal and gas costs down a bit. Everything for the meal, minus the spices I already had in my pantry, came from a nearby Dollar General.
I decided to make chicken taquitos with Spanish rice and refried beans. And yes, I even got the rice and beans there.
Some stores have a larger frozen food section and you probably could find chicken breast to shred there but it’s not necessary. I used canned chicken.
I cooked the chicken and everything that went in the filling in a pan on the stovetop before I put it in the tortilla. I saw some recipes online that put it in uncooked and then let it bake in the oven but I wanted all the ingredients to be mixed well together before filling.
You probably won’t be able to wrap the taquitos as tight as the ones you buy from the grocery freezer section, but that’s fine. They are still a smaller size that bake up crispy on top. Just roll them as tight as you are able.
I topped mine with some olive oil before baking in the oven so they would be crispy. I wonder if they would crisp up even more if they were cooked in an air fryer. I may have to try that next time.
The Rotel had some seasoning to it but I added some things that could be found in taco seasoning. If you don’t have a lot of seasoning in your pantry, pick up a taco seasoning packet when you buy the other ingredients and use about half of it. If you like a lot of flavoring, try a whole packet.
You don’t have to get fancy with the rice and beans. There was a box kit for Spanish rice with the Mexican food items. Make them per the box’s instructions.
For the refried beans, I microwaved them a few minutes to get warm and then put them in the oven to finish baking while the taquitos baked. This gave them a little more of a texture that’s like what you’d get at a Mexican restaurant. When plating, sprinkle some shredded cheese on top of the beans.
The result was a quick and easy meal bought on a budget and from a store right around the corner. And, according to my mom who came over to be a taste tester, the meal tasted similar to what you could find at a Mexican restaurant.