What Makes a Great Battered Taquito?
Taquitos are a favorite appetizer everywhere, and adding a seasoned batter makes them even more enjoyable! High quality battered taquitos have seasoned meat rolled inside a crispy and flaky tortilla. They’re salty with some sweet and sour. The filling is moist, rich and may possess some oiliness. Specifically, the flour tortilla shell has is golden brown with some visible oiliness but not so much that it appears saturated. There may be some blisters on the exterior of the taquito but it should generally remain intact. The meat fills the inside and looks moist. The aroma and flavor profile combines toasted flour, fryer oil, meat (e.g., beef or chicken), and seasonings like chili and cumin. There may be some other notes such as lime, cheese, bell pepper, onion and garlic but they should support, rather than dominate, the flavor profile. The taquitos are salty with some sweet and sour. The flour wrapper is crispy, flaky and slightly oily. The meat filling is moist. Beef filling may be slightly stringy. The chicken filling is expected to possess a meaty chew. The wrapped product is moderately chewy and not pasty, and some heat would be appropriate.
One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.
One of the basic tastes; often considered sharp, tart and acidic. Example: Lemon juice, vinegar and fermented foods often have a strong sour component.
The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.
A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.
The texture of a food as it is being chewed, as opposed to the texture of the first bite. Example: High-quality beef jerky should be tender but have a long chew.
The intensity of spiciness or the perceived warmth of food in the mouth. Example: Hot sauce has a distinct flavor, but it also possesses a heat component that warms the mouth.