What Makes a Great Corn Taquito?

Taquitos are no longer just for SuperBowl parties.  Spice up any evening with taquitos, salsa, guacomole, nacho cheese, or whatever your favorite dip may be. High quality frozen taquitos have seasoned meat rolled inside a crisp corn tortilla. They’re salty with some sweet and sour. The wrapper is crunchy and a little chewy. The filling is moist with some oiliness. Specifically, the corn tortilla shell has some visible oiliness but not so much that it appears saturated. The meat fills the inside and looks moist. The aroma and flavor profile combines toasted corn, fry oil, meat, and seasonings like chili and cumin. The taquitos are salty with some sweet and sour. The corn wrapper is crispy and slightly oily. The meat filling is moist. Beef filling may be slightly stringy but chicken filling has a meaty chew. The wrapped product is moderately chewy and not pasty, and there’s some heat from the spices.

Tasting terms

  • sweet

    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.

  • sour

    One of the basic tastes; often considered sharp, tart and acidic. Example: Lemon juice, vinegar and fermented foods often have a strong sour component.

  • aroma

    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.

  • flavor

    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.

  • chew

    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.

  • heat

    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.