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Leftover Turkey Taquitos

Leftover Turkey Taquitos

These Turkey Taquitos are one of my favorite ways to use up leftovers and they're so easy to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


For the Taquitos

  • 3 Cups cooked turkey shredded
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon ancho pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 Ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 Chipotes in adobo chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons adobo sauce from the can
  • 2 Cups shredded cheese such as Chihuahua, Cheddar, Monterey Jack or a blend
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 16-20 6 Inch corn tortillas
  • Oil for frying

For the toppings

  • Cotija cheese
  • Mexican crema
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Lime wedges


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, peppers and adobo sauce, cumin, ancho pepper, garlic powder and cheese. Fold in the shredded turkey. Season with salt to taste.
  • Put the tortillas on a plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave for 15-20 seconds so they become pliable. Working with one tortilla at a time and keeping the rest under the damp paper towel, add about 2 tablespoons of the filling to the tortilla in a line and roll up tightly. Place the filled tortillas on a plate or baking sheet, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.
  • In a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet, heat ½ inch of oil to 350 degrees. Fry the taquitos in batches starting with the seam side down, and then flipping; about 1 min on each side. Transfer the fried taquitos to a cooling rack or a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle lightly with salt. Repeat with the remaining taquitos.
  • Just before serving, drizzle the taquitos with Mexican crema and sprinkle Cotija cheese on top. Serve with shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole, and lime wedges.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Appetizers, Game Day, Main Dishes, Party Food, Thanksgiving