Baked [Leftover] Pork Taquitos
with guacamole / green salad
Crispy taquitos make a fun meal to round out the week. Taquitos are usually fried, but baking them in the oven is lighter, faster, and still gets them nice and crisp.
Smarts #1: You may be tempted to brush these with oil before baking, but we found that they get crispier without it.
Smarts #2: In testing, some corn tortillas proved difficult to roll (depending on their brand and age). If you are using corn tortillas and find that they are cracking as you roll them, try microwaving them briefly to soften and then brushing them with a small amount of water.
- Leftover Mojo Pork (from Tuesday) - ~3 cups
- Tortillas, taco-sized flour or corn - 16
- Cheese, Monterey Jack - 1 cup, shredded (sub shredded cheddar or Mexican blend)
- Sour cream (opt) - for serving (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
- Salsa (opt) - for serving
- Shallots - 1 clove, diced
- Avocados - 1
- Lime juice - 2 tsp
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Oil, olive - 2 1/2 Tbsp
- Lettuce, green leaf - 6 oz, leaves torn or chopped (sub any salad greens)
- Oranges - 1, segments
- Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 3 Tbsp
- Shallots - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Dice shallots. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Lettuce / Oranges - Prep as directed.
- Make guacamole - Mash together avocados, shallots, and lime juice. Season with some salt. Add some hot sauce (not on ingredients list) if you’d like it to be spicy.
- Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
- Warm leftover pork briefly in the microwave (this will make it easier to work with). If there is liquid in the bowl, drain well before forming taquitos.
- Working with one tortilla at a time, fill with pork and cheese and roll up tightly (leaving the ends open). Be careful not to overfill - the taquitos should be fairly thin.
- Place taquitos on a sheet pan with the seam side down. If they have a tendency to roll open, you can prop them against one another to help them stay closed.
- When all of the taquitos are lined up on the sheet pan, transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the taquitos are crisp, 12 to 15 minutes for corn tortillas and 15 to 17 minutes for flour tortillas.
- When the taquitos are nearly finished cooking, toss lettuce, oranges, and pepitas in vinaigrette until dressed to your liking.
- Serve taquitos with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa for dipping. Enjoy salad on the side.