Food & Drink Recipes


Thu Apr 28

If you’re planning on a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, these crispy California avocado chicken taquitos by California Avocados topped with a creamy California avocado salsa verde are guaranteed to please.

They’re fresh, flavorful, and filling and come together in just a few steps!

  1. We’ll start by making the spice blend for the chicken.
  2. Prep and cook the chicken.
  3. Prep your filling and fresh avocado salsa verde.
  4. Fill and roll the taquitos!
  5. Fry the taquitos.
  6. And finally, best of all, EAT THE TAQUITOS!

Taquito Vs taco. What is the difference?

Taquito is a rolled tortilla filled with various ingredients such as shredded chicken, beef, cheese, and vegetables that is then cooked. In most cases, taquitos are fried which makes them super crispy. However, some restaurants will also bake them as well. The traditional taco is a cooked or uncooked tortilla that is folded.

Spice Blend:
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ancho chile, ground
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin, ground
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander seed, ground
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano, dried
  • 1/8 tsp. chipotle, ground
  • 1/8 tsp. clove, ground
  • 1/4 cup ghee, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/4 lb. chicken boneless skinless, diced (I use 1 breast and 1 thigh, any type will do)
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 ripe, fresh California avocados, seeded, peeled, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shallot, fine diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, fine chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 10 grain-free tortillas
  • 1/8 tsp. salt, or to taste
California Avocado Salsa Verde:
  • 2 jalapeños, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shallots, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, whole leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin seed, whole, toasted
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander seed, whole, toasted
  • 1/8 tsp. fennel seed, whole, toasted
  1. Combine ingredients of the spice blend in a small bowl, stir together, and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tbsp of ghee.
  3. When the pan is hot, add garlic to sauté for a few seconds before adding the chicken and the spice blend. Stir and allow to cook a minute or two.
  4. When the chicken is beginning to appear mostly cooked add the rice vinegar and cook until there is no moisture left in the pan, stirring occasionally throughout. Remove from heat and set aside to cool a bit.
  5. In a large mixing bowl add the chopped avocado, shallot, cilantro, lime juice, and some salt to taste. Mix together with a fork, lightly mashing the avocado if needed. Leave the mixture fairly chunky.
  6. Add the chicken to the avocado and mix until just fully incorporated.
  7. Heat a large enough pan for a tortilla over medium heat, then warm the tortillas one at a time. About 15 seconds per side should do, you just want them warm enough so that they roll without splitting open. Place them in some foil (or a tortilla warmer if you have one) to keep them warm.
  8. Once all tortillas are ready, lay them out and put roughly a ¼ cup of the avocado filling in each, roll them, trying to spread the filling to the ends without falling out, then toothpick them closed, place on a tray until all are filled.
  9. Heat a small to medium sauté pan with 3t of ghee over medium heat, place the tacos into the pan seam side down, cook for roughly 30 seconds to a minute, then turn, cook another 30 seconds to a minute and turn again, cook for 30 seconds to a minute then remove to a plate. Repeat this process until all tacos are cooked. You may use the same pan with ghee, remove any larger bits of filling that may have fallen out before adding the next batch. Depending on the size of your pan this may take 2-4 rounds of frying.
  10. Once all taquitos are fried, serve them with our avocado salsa verde and any other fixings you like, such as, shredded lettuce and diced onions.
California Avocado Salsa Verde Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Toast cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds on a sheet pan in the oven for 4-5 minutes. They will be fragrant. Let cool slightly.
  2. If you have a gas stove, turn the heat on to medium-high and place jalapeños onto the grate. Turn often until they are completely blackened. Turn off flame and let cool.
  3. Once jalapeños are cooled, use a paper towel to wipe off the outer layer. Cut off the stem and remove seeds. Roughly chop the jalapeno.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a uniform texture has come together, this may take a few pauses to scrape the sides down to achieve. Making the sauce in the food processor will leave it less than fully smooth with some bits of whole or just cracked spices, if you’d prefer a smooth salsa, combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree, again a pause or two to scrape the sides may be necessary.

Serving Suggestion: Serve taquitos on a bed of shredded lettuce with avocado salsa verde, red onion, and cilantro on top. Dip tortilla chips into any extra salsa you have!