CHEESY SPINACH TAQUITOS – It’s crazy how something so basic can make me so ridiculously over-the-moon happy. The moment you add cheese to spinach, my favorite veggie, it turns into the ultimate comfort food.
Cheese is magic.
When you wrap that magical concoction up in a tortilla and bake until you can see the cheese oozing out the ends. That is true love.
They’re easy to make using frozen spinach, cheddar, chopped red onion and a little cream cheese, the glue to hold everything together.
You roll the filling up in corn or flour tortillas, brush with a little melted butter and bake. You can also pan fry them, my preferred method, in a little oil. They’re even crispier this way.
You can add to the filling – corn – cooked chicken – tomatoes – artichokes for a play on the famous dip – use a different kind of cheese – throw in some pepper jack to spice things up or a little cayenne or hot sauce.
I like them just like this, kind of on the plain side with spinach as the star.
I ate them for days on end and was sad when they were over.
- 8 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ⅓ cup chopped red onion
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 11 - 12 corn or flour tortillas, 6-inch
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Put the frozen spinach into the center of a clean kitchen towel and wring it over the sink to get all the water out.
- Put the spinach in a medium bowl. Microwave the cream cheese about 20 seconds. Work it into the spinach with a fork.
- Add the cheddar, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Preheat the oven* to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat 3 tortillas at a time wrapped in a wet paper towel about 20 seconds in the microwave or until warm enough to work with so they don't break while rolling.
- Place about ¼ cup of the filling on the end of a tortilla and spread it out like a log. Roll it up and place seam side down on the baking sheet.
- Repeat until all the filling is used up. Brush them lightly all over with the melted butter.
- Bake 14 - 18 minutes until lightly golden.
- *Or pan fry in batches. Set a frying pan over medium to medium-high heat with enough oil to cover the bottom. Cook a few at a time, turning them to brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g