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Spicy Taquitos with Tabasco Dipping Sauce

(Family Features) - What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with delicious fiesta fare? Spice up your party menu with recipes that carry the bold flavors of tomatillo, cilantro and fresh chilies. And don't keep these tasty treats reserved for this once-a-year event. Festive finger foods can be enjoyed all year long as party appetizers, no matter what the occasion is.

Spicy Taquitos with Tabasco Dipping Sauce is a fun crowd pleaser that is packed with authentic flavor. A savory blend of chicken, red beans, shredded cheese, cumin and Tabasco green pepper sauce is rolled into buttery phyllo dough, and baked until golden and crispy. Pair the taquitos with spiced sangria and guacamole for a muy bueno party starter that is sure to please.

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Spicy Taquitos with Tabasco Dipping Sauce

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, finely diced
  • 1 cup cooked red or black beans
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco brand green pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon original Tabasco brand pepper sauce
  • 12 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
    2. Heat oil in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and onion, cook about 5 minutes. Stir in cumin; cook 1 minute.
    3. Combine chicken, beans, cheese, Tabasco green sauce, salt, and onion mixture in large bowl; stir until well mixed.
    4. Melt butter in small bowl; stir in original Tabasco sauce. Set aside half of butter mixture; keep mixture warm.
    5. Place one sheet of frozen phyllo on work surface; brush with some butter mixture. Repeat with 3 more sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet with butter mixture. Cut dough into 4 equal pieces (horizontally and vertically). Place 1 heaping tablespoonful of chicken mixture in lengthwise strip on each cut piece. Fold in short sides about 1-inch to enclose filling; roll lengthwise to form a 4-inch-long tube. Place on cookie sheet; brush with butter mixture.
    6. Repeat process two more times to make 12 taquitos. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Serve with reserved warm butter mixture for dipping.

Serves
Makes 12

SOURCE: TABASCO


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