What Makes a Great Flour Taquito?

Great for fiesta nights or football-themed parties, taquitos are a zesty alternative to humdrum chips and salsa. Taquitos deliver flavorful versatility — they’re easily dipped into fresh guacamole or served alongside refried beans, sour cream and cheese. Our chefs define a high quality chicken or beef frozen taquito as 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, chicken or beef, 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. The chicken or beef filling should have a meaty chew. The wrapped product is moderately chewy and not pasty, and some heat would be appropriate.

Tasting terms

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.