Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos

Who loves appetizer food?  Me!  What about a cheesy jalapeno popper?  Sounds good right?  Now imagine all those cheesy jalapeno flavors mixed with creamy shredded chicken, rolled up into a crispy baked taquito and drizzled with an avocado cilantro ranch sauce.  Are you drooling, because I am!  But wait, there’s more…. that delicious taquito filling… it’s cooked in your slow cooker!

All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

 

 

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

Can that be any more awesome?!  All that yumminess just cooks away all day in your slow cooker.  Come dinner time, all you need to do is shred the chicken (seriously, it just falls apart), spread some filling into flour tortillas, roll them up and bake them.  And then you get to look like a rock star in the kitchen 😀

There is a downside (if you can even call it that lol)… if you’re home while this is cooking all day, man… you’re going to need to stock up on some snacks, because you will be HUNGRY smelling that deliciousness all day!

Now you all know I’m a spiciness wimp… but the jalapenos in these are the jarred pickled jalapenos, so they’re barely hot, it’s more the flavor of jalapenos.  I did chop up some fresh jalapenos for my husband’s taquitos, and garnished with some, but even my kiddos ate the regular ones, so that tells you how “not hot” they are.  If you want yours extra spicy, either stir some diced fresh jalapenos into the shredded chicken, or simply sprinkle some on top of the filling before you roll up the taquitos.

You can serve these with any sauce that you’d like.  Technically, they’re flavorful enough that they don’t really need sauce, but I love to drizzle sauces and dip my taquitos 🙂  I chose to do the avocado cilantro ranch sauce because I think the flavors really mesh well with the taquitos, and the ranch base helps to cool down any heat.

The sauce is super simple to make… just add 1/2 – 1 diced avocado (depending on how “avocado-y” you like it), a handful of cilantro leaves, and a cup of bottled ranch dressing to your food processor or blender, and process it until smooth.  Done!  Now because of the avocado in it, you may want to make it while the taquitos are baking, instead of beforehand, otherwise it may go a little brown on you (although it will still taste yummy).

For the actual assembling part of this meal, it’s a good opportunity to get your kids in the kitchen to help you 🙂  They can help spoon some filling on a tortilla, roll it up and place it in the baking pan.  I love getting the kids involved, they seem to be more apt to actually eat the food if they helped prepare it or choose toppings, etc.

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

Here’s the filling in the slow cooker after I shredded the chicken.  I could seriously just pull up a chair, grab a fork, and eat it just like that!!  But, I must resist, because these taquitos are too good to miss!

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

The assembling process is really simple… just spoon some filling into the center of the flour tortilla, sprinkle some monterey jack cheese (or whichever you prefer), and roll it up like a cigar.

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

Ignore my weirdly shaped hand here lol… but there’s the action shot. Roll it up towards the top

Now just place them seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.  Spray the tops with cooking spray.

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

Bake at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes or so.

I usually turn on the broiler for the last minute or so because I love these to be nice and crispy!

Drizzle your sauce over the top or serve it alongside… or be decadent like I am and have it both ways 😀

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

I love the combination of the creamy and savory chicken filling and the bright and fresh garnishes!

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

These would be a great appetizer as well as a main course!

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

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Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!

Recipe adapted from Le Creme de la Crumb

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos - All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!
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Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos
6 - 8 servings
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 15 mins
 
All the flavors of a cheesy jalapeno popper mixed with chicken and rolled up into crispy baked taquitos... and the filling is cooked in the slow cooker!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (can use frozen as well)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • cup ⅓ jarred sliced jalapeños roughly chopped (use more if you'd like it to be hotter)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 16 soft taco-sized flour tortillas
  • 1 cups ½ shredded monterey jack cheese or use your favorite
Instructions
  1. Add chicken, ½ cup water, cream cheese, chopped jalapeños, garlic powder, salt, and cumin to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
  2. Before serving, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper and spraying with cooking spray.
  3. Shred chicken in the slow cooker and stir to mix well.
  4. Heat tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds to soften them up (easier to roll).
  5. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken filling. Top with a sprinkle of your shredded cheese. Roll tortillas tightly into a cigar-shaped taquito.
  6. Place taquitos on baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 12 minutes until cheese is melted and tortillas begin to brown.
  7. If you'd prefer a crispier taquito, broil them for a couple of minutes, just be careful not to let them burn.
  8. Serve garnished with minced cilantro, diced avocado and avocado cilantro ranch dressing (see recipe in notes).
Recipe Notes

** AVOCADO CILANTRO RANCH:
Combine 1/2 to 1 diced avocado, handful of cilantro and 1 cup of ranch dressing in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.

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48 comments on “Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Taquitos”

  1. Omg this dish is sooooooo delish 🙂 I loved it.. I subd the cilantro for jalapeños instead when making the sauce only cause my son says jalapeño slices are too hot for him… overall the hubby said this is definitely a dish we will put on our list of family favorites! Thank you

  2. Hey! I saw these on your Facebook page. Your pictures are seriously incredible! Two of my favorite food things are jalapeno and taquitos. Pinning and making 🙂 Have a great week.

  3. I like the ” look like a rockstar in the kitchen ” part! Awesome easy taquitos! Thanks for sharing!

  4. These look AWESOME!!!! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at FoodieFriDIY! They are in my list of faves for the week!

  5. I love the idea of cooking the chicken with the cream cheese. It must keep the chicken very moist. Great recipe for a party.

  6. My husband would love this! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  7. These looks perfect for mexican night. I love hoe easy you make it to follow along at each step!

  8. I love taquitos! These look delicious.

  9. It can’t get any better Amanda. Cheese, chicken and spice. Yes! Yes! Yes!. Beautiful pics. yumm..

  10. Now we’re talking; your pictures have me drooling for a taste of the Mexican border washed down with a Tecate. The fresh simplicity is deceptive, I know, since cooking low and slow require a little patience and work (all worth the effort in the end). I bet these freeze well too. Hola!

  11. Great photos and recipe!

  12. I love taquitos and these look particularly enticing! 🙂

  13. I love these, perfect food for any time! 🙂 The shredded chicken looks delicious!

  14. Wow! These sound so delicious, Amanda. My mouth is watering – I want some!! 😀

  15. The perfect appetizer! Yum, they look wonderful!

  16. These look amazing Amanda! They would also make a great appetizer. I’m with you in the heat wimp factor. On the other hand my husband likes it to burn his head off.

  17. Oh my! I soo wish i could eat these now. Looks really nice and im sure it tastes delish too.

  18. This sounds really delicious! It’s funny, I was recently thinking about some of the great taquitos I had when I was in Mexico a few years back and thinking I should make something along those lines, then here pops up your recipe – I may not need to work on my own after all! They look great.

  19. oh my, these look absolutely delicious! Yum, yum, yum!!

  20. It looks so good and tasty, even though I would used some leftovers or may be just fried or roast that chicken breasts. You must be very patient to wait 8 hours for chicken! 🙂

    • Thank you!! I just like the flavors that come from the chicken cooking with the cream cheese and jalapenos, but it would definitely be delicious with some leftovers, rotisserie chicken or roasted chicken breasts 🙂

  21. I think I know what to do with my leftover rotisserie chicken. Pinned.

  22. Love the simple yet flavorful recipe! Your pictures had me reaching for the taquitos right now! Also like that they are baked instead of fried!

  23. WOW. I just got embarrassed in front of myself. Because I literally drooled on myself. How do you manage to come up with such amazing dishes!? Are we sisters from another mister?! Because I literally haven’t seen one recipe from you that doesn’t make me SUPER hungry!! I love that you can make this in the crock pot, and I love the sauce on top of this! MMMMMM….. Thank you once again Amanda 🙂

    PS- I love that having your kids help makes them more likely to eat that! I’ll remember that if I have some of my own one of these days!

    • Awww you are SO sweet, thank you Stephanie!! I just have a serious pinterest addiction and an inability to not put my own spin on recipes lol. Hehe, I think we’re seriously food sisters, because your recipes always make me hungry and immediately want to get in the kitchen! 😀