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CHEESY SPINACH TAQUITOS

by Olivia

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CHEESY SPINACH TAQUITOS – It’s crazy how something so basic can make me so ridiculously over-the-moon happy. The moment you add cheese to spinach, my favorite veggie, it turns into the ultimate comfort food.

Cheese is magic.

When you wrap that magical concoction up in a tortilla and bake until you can see the cheese oozing out the ends. That is true love.

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They’re easy to make using frozen spinach, cheddar, chopped red onion and a little cream cheese, the glue to hold everything together.

You roll the filling up in corn or flour tortillas, brush with a little melted butter and bake. You can also pan fry them, my preferred method, in a little oil. They’re even crispier this way.

You can add to the filling – corn – cooked chicken – tomatoes – artichokes for a play on the famous dip – use a different kind of cheese – throw in some pepper jack to spice things up or a little cayenne or hot sauce.

I like them just like this, kind of on the plain side with spinach as the star.

I ate them for days on end and was sad when they were over.

CHEESY SPINACH TAQUITOS

CHEESY SPINACH TAQUITOS

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 11 - 12 corn or flour tortillas, 6-inch
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

Instructions

  1. Put the frozen spinach into the center of a clean kitchen towel and wring it over the sink to get all the water out.
  2. Put the spinach in a medium bowl. Microwave the cream cheese about 20 seconds. Work it into the spinach with a fork.
  3. Add the cheddar, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Preheat the oven* to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Heat 3 tortillas at a time wrapped in a wet paper towel about 20 seconds in the microwave or until warm enough to work with so they don't break while rolling.
  6. Place about ¼ cup of the filling on the end of a tortilla and spread it out like a log. Roll it up and place seam side down on the baking sheet.
  7. Repeat until all the filling is used up. Brush them lightly all over with the melted butter.
  8. Bake 14 - 18 minutes until lightly golden.
  9. *Or pan fry in batches. Set a frying pan over medium to medium-high heat with enough oil to cover the bottom. Cook a few at a time, turning them to brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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