Beef Taquitos from Leftover Roast

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A plate of fried beef taquitos served with guacamole.Every "blue-moon", not very often, but it happens, I'll overcook meat where it's really not like meat anymore, because it's become more like "pressed wood" from being so dried out from over cooking.


I didn't like the thought of throwing it out, but it wasn't good at all-way too dry, and it hit me. Why not just use that dry overcooked beef for taquitos since I'm mixing a few other ingredients into it? It might not be so bad, and it was actually very-very good! And there was no difference in taste from perfectly cooked meat inside the taquitos vs the overcooked meat.


  1. Just chop up your meat.
  2. Dried out and overcooked beef
  3. Add some sliced thinly green onions with an egg and some spices, like garlic, cumin and chili powder and mix it up good, then roll that up inside your tortilla. Dip it in hot oil first to soften the tortilla so it doesn't break when you roll it. Use about 2-3 heaping tablespoons of your meat mix.
  4. Green onions, thinly sliced
    A mixture of cooked and chopped beef, green onions and spices, for taquitos.

  5. Toothpick them so they don't come undone, and fry the taquitos in hot oil until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel.
  6. Rolled up taquitos with toothpicks.
    Cooking taquitos in a frying pan.
  7. Serve with guacamole on the side (have to have that!) for dipping your taquitos into and you've got a tasty meal which made good use of that dried out and overcooked meat.

A funny that happened was my hubby had his taste buds set for roast and gravy. When he saw me rolling up taquitos, he said what happened to the roast and gravy with potatoes you were going to make?

I just said I changed dinner to taquitos instead, hehe - my little secret of my boo-boo. I told him later, after he thoroughly enjoyed the taquitos with the beef that got overcooked.

So all in all, roast beef, pork, or over cooked "any kind of meat" actually would work great rolled up in these yummy crunchy shelled taquitos.

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April 24, 20190 found this helpful

I'll buy a large rib-eye once in a while. I'll pan broil it, and then we divide it into thirds, and my husband and I will each have a steak. In a day or two, we'll cut up the last third and make fajitas.


We keep flour tortillas most of the time, and we'll add sour cream, cheese, avocados, and picante sauce. My husband likes hot stuff, so he'll add jalapenos to his. The picante is enough for me.

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April 24, 20191 found this helpful


That sounds real yummy too! Yes, fajitas are always a winner. :)

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April 30, 20190 found this helpful

Ooohh I love this and I love taquitos! I have never made them myself but I do order them at the restaurants! Here is hoping I overcook some meat!!


;) Just kidding, I will try this anyway YUM! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

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May 1, 20190 found this helpful

Attosa, you got me laughing out loud about the overcooked meat! :) hehehe

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May 9, 20190 found this helpful

Hahahaha well, you know, anything to make a perfect Suz recipe ;)

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