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Cheesy Ground Beef Taquitos

Homemade Cheesy Ground Beef Taquitos are a quick and delicious meal or perfect easy game day appetizer. Just a few simple ingredients that you probably have on hand in this easy snack.

3 beef taquitos on a white plate

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Taquitos and Rolled Chicken Tacos are one of my favorites and they are so easy to make at home. The taquitos from the freezer isle are one of my guilty pleasures and I have no idea what they are filled with but when you make them at home, you know exactly what you are eating!

Quick dinners are a must for busy weeknights. Everyone’s ready to eat the minute they step through the front door.

Taquitos are one of the easiest things you can make in a hurry and they are pretty budget friendly too. My kids also love Taco Bombs, Smothered Burritos and Fajita Pasta that are easy enough for busy weeknights.

Just take me to the Cheesy Ground Beef Taquitos Recipe!

If you are looking for the recipe, just scroll all the way to the bottom for the printable recipe. Otherwise, read on for my tips and tricks for the best homemade taquitos.


How to Make Cheesy Ground Beef Taquitos:

Ingredients for taquitos - ground beef, cheese, salsa, seasonings, tortillas

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet, season with salt.Skillet with ground beef, cheese, salsa and spices
  2. Add salsa, seasonings and shredded cheese. Browned Ground Beef with cheese in a skillet
  3. Stir until well combined. Set aside to cool slightly.Heating tortillas on a skillet
  4. Heat corn tortillas in a dry skillet until pliable but not browned. Filling tortillas with cheesy ground beef for taquitos
  5. Fill tortillas with ground beef mixture and roll up.
  6. Place seam side down on a greased or lined baking sheet or in air fryer.
  7. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or in the air fryer for 5-6 minutes.
  9. Serve with sour cream, homemade salsa, or ranch dressing.

Plate of 3 mini taquitos

Tips for Making Taquitos:

Taquitos can be baked or fried. Use a cooking spray, like Pam if you are baking them. It will help them to brown and crisp. You can also brush them lightly with oil if you don’t have cooking spray.

Use corn tortillas or flour tortillas. Small tortillas work best for taquitos. For this recipe, I used the mini  taco white corn tortillas. They are like the street taco shells, great for appetizer size taquitos.

Taquitos appetizers with salsa

More Taquito Recipes to Try:

Taquitos are a great idea for leftovers we have made and these ground beef taquitos would be a snap with leftover taco filling.

Brisket Taquitos are one of my absolute favorites. There’s something about that smoky filling and crispy tortilla shell.

Cheesy Pulled Pork Taquitos are a game day favorite. Easy to eat while watching the big game!

Chicken Artichoke & Jalapeño Taquitos have the perfect spicy kick!

Barbecue Chicken Taquitos are a snap and always a crowd favorite.

Apple Pie Taquitos are crazy delicious! An unexpected dessert that is going to steal the show!

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3 beef taquitos on a white plate
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Cheesy Ground Beef Taquitos

Homemade Cheesy Ground Beef Taquitos are a quick and delicious meal or perfect easy game day appetizer. Just a few simple ingredients that you probably have on hand in this easy snack.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Ground Beef
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer snacks, baked taquitos, beef taquitos
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 427kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup salsa green or red
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 12 corn tortillas or 24 mini corn tortillas


  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Add ground beef to a skillet, season with salt, cooking over medium-high heat.
  • Stir often and break meat into a fine crumble, cooking until well browned. Remove from heat, drain any excess grease.
  • Stir in salsa, garlic, chili powder, cumin and cheese until well combined and cheese has melted.
  • Heat a griddle or iron skillet and warm tortillas to make them pliable. Do not allow them to crisp and brown, just warm them.
  • Place about 1- 2 tablespoons of meat mixture into each tortilla, roll up and place seam side down (or close so that it doesn't come open) onto a greased or lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until taquitos are crunchy.


For Air Fryer - place taquitos seam side down and spray with cooking spray. Cook 5-6 minutes at 350°.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 517mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g


  1. These were delicious, thanks for sharing a very tasty and easy recipe. Made them for dinner tonight just as you posted except without the cumin because I couldn’t teem to find any in my cupboard. Big hit with my family.

  2. I’m going to make these for dinner this week – was wondering if they would heat up well as leftovers. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thank you!

    1. Hi Kendra,
      They will heat up pretty well in the oven or air fryer. Not the best in the microwave. Hope y’all enjoy them!

      ~ Milisa

  3. I noticed the recipe calls for salsa, yet in the photos it looks like green chilis were added to the ground beef mixture. Any preference as to which one is better for this recipe?

    1. Hi Patty, I updated the recipe card. I used green salsa when I took the photos but I’ve made it with red salsa quite a few times as well. Both are delicious. Use whatever you have on hand.

      ~ Milisa

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