Taquito (from the Spanish diminutive of
taco) is a Mexican
dish, also very popular in Puerto Rico, consisting of a small rolled-up
and some type of filling, usually beef or chicken. The filled tortilla is
crisp-fried. Corn (maize) tortillas are generally used to make taquitos.
Left: Beef taquitos.
Flautas, a variation, are commonly made using wheat
flour tortillas, but the name, taquito, is applied to both types.
There are many varieties of taquitos in different regions. Taquitos most often
contain beef or chicken, and sometimes include cheese, pork, potato, or
vegetables. They are generally thin and tend to be about 6 inches (15 cm)
long. Potatoes are usually involved in the breakfast form of taquitos, which are
thick and come with eggs. Taquitos are usually served with a type of
Crispy fried taquitos sold in Mexico are often called tacos dorados ("golden
tacos") or flautas ("flutes"). Typical toppings and sides include cabbage, crema
(Mexican sour cream), guacamole, green chili or red chili salsa and crumbled
Mexican cheese such as queso fresco.