…and then there was one. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…for my hubby it is definitely stuffed bell peppers. I really think he could eat them every single day, so it is a rare occasion to have one leftover. But one stuffed bell pepper is not enough for dinner…or is it? Remember Stuffed Bell Pepper Chicken with Cajun Gravy?
Just as hubby could eat stuffed peppers each day, I could probably eat Mexican food each day. It’s the food I usually end up craving most, but is hubby’s least favorite, well was his least favorite, think I have a new recruit-
Taquitos and flautas are very similar. Flautas (flutes) are usually larger and made with flour tortillas and taquitos (small tacos) are made with corn tortillas. Both are really easy, especially when there’s a filling already made. Simply chop the COLD leftover stuffed bell pepper, add corn and cheese. Place on warmed tortilla. Roll up tightly Bake.
Here is the recipe:
Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: I use dirty rice for my stuffing, what stuffing do you use for your bell peppers? Seafood? Veggies? Think about how the flavor of the taquitos would be different, especially with different cheese blends. What else could you add instead of corn? Black beans? Think about cooked additions too, like sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions-just make sure the stuffing is cold before filling tortilla. No time to make the sauce (or as I call it, hot Cajun salsa)? Use regular salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping. The taquitos can also be topped with homemade enchilada sauce http://wp.me/p57UhS-dS and more cheese (of course!)
FOOD FUN: Did you know that taquitos were among the first successful Mexican food items developed as a frozen food by Van de Kamp’s in 1976. I fondly remember eating them as a child. Do you have a favorite childhood frozen food item? Why not create a fresh version in your kitchen. It just may be as easy as taquitos!