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Chuck's Oil-Free Taquitos

  • Author: Brand New Vegan
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stovetop, Air Fryer, Blender
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


If you're missing Chico's Tacos, then you've got to try my Oil-Free Taquitos - because ... well... they're the next best thing and you don't have to drive to El Paso to enjoy them! ?


Units Scale


Vegan Cheese Sauce


Tomato Soup/Broth

  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 oz can green chiles
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp marmite yeast extract (can substitute salt to taste)
  • Salt to taste



  1. Prepare my cheese sauce if using - set aside
  2. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic, chiles, and 1 cup water to a blender.  Puree until smooth.
  3. Strain tomato puree into a large pot/dutch oven using a fine-mesh sieve.
  4. Scrape contents of sieve until all the liquid is in the pot
  5. Repeat with remaining 3 cups water and veg broth
  6. Add seasonings and bring to a simmer.  Cook 15-20 minutes. 
  7. For the filling, add the ingredients to a small saucepan and simmer until heated through
  8. Lightly brush each tortilla with water and wrap in a kitchen towel or paper towels.  Place them inside a tortilla warmer or BPA-free plastic bag and microwave until soft and pliable - up to 90 seconds.  If they are still brittle you can heat them, one at a time, in a skillet, flipping occasionally.
  9. Spoon 1-2 Tbs of filling onto the lower third of each tortilla and roll.  
  10. Place taquitos seam side down in an air fryer basket or parchment-lined baking sheet and cook at 350° F for 10-15 minutes or until crispy. 
  11. To Plate:  Ladle sauce over taquitos and cover with cheese sauce and/or your favorite salsa verde. 

Keywords: oil-free taquitos