before i became a couponer, one place that i use to visit regularly was costco. that place is like a superwalmart. it has very thing under one roof! you can grab some fresh bread, hotdogs, steaks, soda, seafood, a ceiling fan, cake, rug, computer, diapers, patio furniture, get your counter tops redecorated and grab some lunch on your way out, too! sometimes when the morning were extremely busy and the kids were at wits end and hungry, i would still stop by costco. the kids were entertained and loved all of the food samples. one of our favorite samples, were the chicken taquitos. every time, we saw the taquito station, i knew i would be leaving with a couple boxes. the kids LOVE them. anyway, traditionally, they are made with corn tortillas and chicken. but i used the flour tortillas in my pantry and mixed it up with pizza filling. crunchy on the outside with creamy ooey gooey goodness inside. whether you are having a superbowl party or just a quick midweek meal, you have to try these.
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil - divided
- 1/2 bell pepper - chopped
- 1/2 onion - chopped
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese - room temperature
- 2 roma tomatoes - seeded, chopped
- 30 pepperoni slices - chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning -
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese -
- 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas -
- preheat the oven to 375 degrees. line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, oiled lightly. set aside.
- heat 1 teaspoon of the oil, in a medium sized pan over medium high heat. add in the bell pepper, onions and garlic. season with salt/pepper to taste. saute until veggies are slightly tender. set aside to cool.
- in a large bowl, add the cream cheese, tomatoes, pepperoni slices, italian seasoning and reserved veggies.
- stir until evenly combined. fold in the mozzarella cheese.
- lay a tortilla on a flat surface. add about a tablespoon of the mixture horizontally in the middle of each tortilla. if you add too much filling, it will ooze out of the sides while baking... like i did. 🙂
- roll half of the tortilla over the mixture, pressing over the filling.
- continue to roll all the way up, firmly. place on the prepared cookie sheet. repeat with the remaining tortillas.
- lightly brush the tops of the tortillas with the remaining oil.
- bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. if you like your taquitos extra crunchy for the 'fried effect', finish under the broiler until desired crunchiness.
this recipe is very versatile. feel free to use your favorite pizza toppings.