Apr 12, 2013

Frozen Friday: El Monterey - Chicken & Cheese Flour Taquitos

El Monterey's Chicken & Cheese Flour Taquitos feature chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, and Mexican spices rolled inside an oven-baked flour tortilla.

They come in a 24-ounce pack of 16 taquitos for around $4.99.

Like any taquito or burrito, they turn out really soft and chewy when you microwave them. What I like to do is heat them for 30 seconds in the microwave (to make sure the filling is heated through) and finish them inside a pan so that they develop a nice crunchy shell.

The flour tortillas deliver a layered shell with a blend of crispy crunch on the outside and chewy softness within.

Inside, the filling has a nice tomato-based seasoned flavor and a decent kick that isn't mentioned on the package, so consider yourself forewarned if you don't handle spicy well.

The chicken comes in small chunks and have an overly smooth texture that reminds me a little of a hot dog rather than chicken. I think it would have been better to just go with shredded chicken.

I didn't notice the cheese too much and there wasn't much in the way of creaminess nor gooey-ness like you might find in a burrito.

Overall, while the chicken and cheese were only so-so, El Monterey's Chicken & Cheese Flour Taquitos are still pretty tasty in seasoning and the crispy and soft flour tortillas were pretty satisfying.

Nutritional Info - El Monterey Chicken & Cheese Flour Taquitos
Serving Size - 2 taquitos (85g)
Calories - 230 (from Fat - 100)
Fat - 12g (Saturated Fat - 2g)
Sodium - 300mg
Carbs - 24g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 8g


  1. Toaster oven is the best way to cook these. I worship at the alter of the toaster oven god. Really the toaster oven is the best appliance for reheating as well as cooking a lot of frozen items.

  2. We buy two bags of these (the steak ones as well, which are better than the chicken.) and make a dinner of them. I love these with some sour cream and salsa.

  3. I think these are such a fantastic choice for when you need a convenient dinner. They are very low in saturated fat, moderate in fiber and actually quite high in protein. Eating 8 of them feels like a nice size meal (when paired with salsa and guac) and 8 of them is only 450 calories. It's a great diet food for someone in a hurry.

    It's actually only 170 calories for 3 according to my box. I might have a different variety than the one you reviewed. Anyway, they are definitely going to become a staple for me due to their convenience, healthiness, cheapness, relatively decent taste, and fillingness.


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