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Making Chicken and Cheese Taquitos #kidsinthekitchen

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I know teaching my son to cook and be self sufficient in the kitchen is so very important but it’s hard to do when he doesn’t want to learn. Shaun is 10 and uninterested in doing things for himself. He’s much rather spend his time playing video games and other boy stuff. Making these Chicken and Cheese Taquitos was a lesson in chopping, patience and listening to details.

Making Taquitos #kidsinthekitchen

Using leftover roasted chicken, veggies and cheese with some seasoning we made a surprisingly tasty lunch. I would’ve preferred smaller corn tortillas but we used what we had on hand, burrito sized flour.

Making Taquitos #kidsinthekitchen

Shaun chopped up a couple cups of cooked chicken while Sabreena finely chopped red peppers. We added frozen corn, a cup of frozen corn and then spiced it up. I had the kids sniff each herb/spice and tell me what it reminded them of. Oregano smells like pizza and cumin smells like tacos.

Making Taquitos #kidsinthekitchen The details and patience part of this task came when it was time to roll up the taquitos. I had Shaun redo the rolling part if it wasn’t tight enough or if the filling came out. Moving them from the counter to the baking tray needed a gentle hand, one he doesn’t have. By the 5th one he understood to take it slow.

They got a brush of olive oil, went into a 425° oven and baked for 15 minutes. They were surprisingly very very good. I didn’t even complaints about the red pepper.

Making Taquitos #kidsinthekitchen

We’ll be making these again with a whole array of ingredients. Next time we’ll make pizza taquitos.

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  1. Delicious. Looks like just the type of lunch that my son would enjoy.

  2. I love getting the kids involved I did that for the holidays my kitchen was a mess but they had a blast. They get to make what they eat. Looks delicious

  3. Betty Baez says:

    Luckily my boys will gladly put down the games to help make ANYTHING in the kitchen lol. I love making chicken taquitos i use cream cheese, cheddar jack, cilantro, lemon juice, and cumin. I love your idea of making pizza ones i’ll have to try that!

  4. My picky eater husband might actually like these! Trying to find new recipes we both like can be such a pain! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love taquitos but I have never made them at home. My 3 year old likes to help us cook on occasion, but I wonder if I could get him to try these if we had them.

  6. Those look so good! And easy to make! I love that you’re teaching your kids to cook! It’s so important, for the boys too!

  7. I love seeing your kids cook. They look so into it!! I want to try pizza taquitos!

  8. These look delish! What a fun way to keep the kids busy in the kitchen!

  9. This recipe looks delicious! I love all your #kidsinthekitchen posts!

  10. kidsinthekitchen is a great series – would love to see more of that. I’ve got a 4 yr old and want to do the same.

  11. Cumin is one of our favorite seasonings around our house. It’s so much nicer than using taco seasoning mix and all those preservatives!

  12. These chicken and cheese taquitos sound fabulous. And, I have some left over chicken in my fridge from dinner tonight and tortillas. I know what we’re having for lunch tomorrow!

  13. They look delicious! I love the way you mixed corn & red peppers!

  14. Those look awesome! We made enchiladas with the kids last week…it turned out to be a lot of fun for everyone.

  15. It’s great that you are working with you son to become more self sufficient. He will appreciate it once he gets older. The taquitos look delicious. We have some leftovers here were could throw into a wrap. We will have to try these.

  16. These look so yummy! And fun and easy too – thanks for sharing.

  17. I love taquitos. My son has been asking me for them all the time.

  18. These look yummy. I can say that I have made homemade tacos, burritoes and enchiladas but never have ai made taquitos…

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