Baked Taquitos with Turkey and a Stowaway Vegetable

Baked Turkey Taquitos - #healthy #easy #Mexican recipe by @wearychef

I used to think taquitos were only 7-Eleven fare, but after seeing them around more I finally realized they are a legitimate Mexican dish. I’m not 100% clear on the difference between a taquito and flauta, so I would love someone to clue me in on that. I am not one to fry food, mainly because of the mess but also because it’s not very healthy. This baked taquito recipe is just as satisfying as its fried counterpart, and it’s easier too! I served these crunchy devils with 5-Minute Mexican Coleslaw, but I also wanted to sneak one more vegetable into the meal. I did this by stirring finely diced zucchini into the meat filling, and you would never know it was there. That part is optional of course, but I always like easy ways to eat extra veggies.

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Baked Turkey Taquitos with Sneaky Squash

Baked Turkey Taquitos with a Stowaway Vegetable

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These baked taquitos are fun to eat, and no one will realize there’s a sneaky vegetable hiding inside!

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or make your own
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash diced into 1/4” pieces
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • guacamole, sour cream, and/or salsa (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Heat large skillet over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add turkey, and brown and crumble meat for about 5 minutes. Add diced squash and taco seasoning, and stir to combine. Continue to cook, breaking up meat as small as possible, until turkey is cooked through and any juices have cooked off.
  3. Sprinkle approximately 1 tbsp. cheese down the center of a tortilla, and spread approximately 2 tbsp. meat over the cheese. Roll the taquito tightly, but not so tight that you crack the tortilla. (Don’t worry about small cracks.) Place seam side down in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Repeat with remaining tortillas, and place taquitos in the pan with sides touching.
  5. Stir together olive oil and chili powder, and very lightly brush seasoned oil over the tops of the rolled tortillas. (If you don’t have a basting brush, just use your fingers.) You will probably have leftover oil.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until tortillas are starting to brown and feel crisp when tapped.
  7. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, and/or salsa for dipping.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


9 years ago

These look really yummy! Hope to try making them soon. Also, I could be wrong, but it is my understanding that flautas are made with flour tortillas whereas taquitos are made with corn tortillas! :)

9 years ago

Thanks for dropping some flauta vs. taquito science on me, Megan :) That makes sense!

Jessica Mosher
4 years ago

I’m ashamed to say this but I always thought the difference between flautas and taquitos is that taquitos are tightly rolled and flautas are more Loosely put together but I could be wrong. Even though I eat both of them and have been for 35 years…shhhhh *whisper* I’m from the south, born and raised Texan. San Antonio and Houston. And Mexican food is my favorite food. Hands down.

Melissa {Persnickety Plates}
11 years ago

These look great. Thanks for linking to my taco seasoning!!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, and you are welcome :)

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