While I was enjoying some cilantro salmon I could not help but think that it would make a great filling for Mexican style dishes like tacos, quesadillas, etc and my heart was set on using them in some taquitos. Taquitos, aka flautas, aka rolled tacos, are small tortillas that are wrapped around a filling and fried until crispy and they are often topped with things like salsa, sour cream, etc. I kept these taquitos really simple filling them with a mixture of the salmon, cheese and some salsa verde to kick up the flavour a bit. Once the filling was ready all that was left was to roll it up in some tortillas and shallow fry them in a skillet until crispy and golden brown. Rolling the tortillas may take a bit of time but once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy, just make sure to warm the corn tortillas before working with them so that they do not crack and fall apart. I served the cilantro lime salmon taquitos on a bed of lettuce topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, crumbled queso fresco and hot sauce.
I enjoyed the salmon taquitos so much that I just had to make them again and this time I tried baking them in an effort to cut down on the oil. The results were that the baked taquitos were a little less crispy, but still really good, and it was a lot easier to bake the in one go than it was to fry them in batches of 3-4.
Photo inspiration by Heather Cristos chicken flautas with spicy avocado sauce.
They may be a little messy when served like this but they are oh so good and when you are done with the taquitos you have a tasty little salad left on your plate!
These are the baked ones:
Cilantro Lime Salmon Taquitos
Crispy golden brown tortilla rolls stuffed with juicy cilantro lime salmon and plenty of melted cheese that are perfect just by themselves or smothered in all the fix ins!
- 1 pound cilantro salmon, cooked and flaked
- 1/4 cup salsa verde
- 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 12 corn tortillas
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- Mix the salmon, salsa, cheese and cilantro.
- Working one at a time, warm the tortillas in a damp paper towel in the microwave for 20 seconds to soften, place 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the centre, roll the tortilla up and pin it closed with a toothpick.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet, working in batches add the rolls and cook until golden brown and crispy on all sides, about 4-6 minutes, and set aside on paper towels.
- Enjoy while warm with salsa verde, sour cream and guacamole for dipping or make a meal out of it and serve them on a bed of lettuce topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, crumbled queso fresco and hot sauce!
Option: Bake the taquitos by placing them on a greased baking pan, lightly spraying them with oil and baking in a preheated 400F oven until golden brown and crispy, about 8-12 minutes.