How To Make Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos

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By baking taquitos in a hot oven, we found a way to still achieve that crispy, crave-worthy shell. A seasoned beef and zucchini filling and sharp Cheddar give this dish loads of flavor. Don't worry if some of the taquitos crack open while baking — they'll still be delicious. Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

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How To Make Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos
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  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Shred zucchini using the large holes of a box grater. Squeeze dry in a clean kitchen towel (you should have about 2 cups). Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, beef, chili powder, onion powder, cumin and salt. Cook, stirring, until the beef is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Spread tortillas out on a baking sheet in 2 over- lapping rows. Bake until hot, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover.
  4. Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray. Place 6 tortillas on a clean cutting board. Working quickly, spread a generous 1/4 cup beef mixture along the bottom third of a tortilla, sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon cheese and tightly roll into a cigar shape. Place the taquito seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, filling and cheese. Generously coat the tops and sides of the taquitos with cooking spray.
  5. Bake the taquitos until browned and crispy, 14 to 18 minutes.
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