baked chicken-less taquito

As you know, I am not a huge fan of the faux cheeses. They usually gross me out. I’ve tried several vegan cheese pizzas, cheese dogs, cheese sauces, etc that people claimed were THE BEST EVER, only to find myself disappointed and sometimes disgusted. So I gave up. I decided that dairy-free cheese just isn’t my thing and I moved on without it.

Fast forward to last week when I saw this recipe. Oh man. That looks good, doesn’t it? It looks like something I’d want to eat 3x a day while wearing a giant hooodie and watching old episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?

I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But fake cheese…ugh…and fake meat…ugh…

I gave in. I made it vegan. I ate it. My husband ate it. We packed leftovers for lunch the next day. It’s just that good. So crispy. So creamy. So filling. So delicious and also, such a great texture. I’d love to make this again and swap out the fake chicken for beans or tofu or rice or all three at once. I’ll also make it again with the fake chicken. The point is, it’s been added to the TTV household menu and it’s there to stay.

You should probably add it to your menu, too. Take a chance. Eat fake cheese and fake chicken. The real cluckers and mooers will thank you.

Baked Chicken-less Taquitos
Adapted from Pink Parsley
Makes 12 taquitos
Printable recipe


  • 3 ounces Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup salsa verde
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 2 teaspoons chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
  • 8 ounces vegan “chicken” strips, chopped (I used Trader Joe’s Chicken-less Strips)
  • 1/2 cup shredded dairy-free cheddar cheese (I used Daiya)
  • 1/2 cup shredded dairy-free Pepperjack cheese
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil spray

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.

For the fake chicken part of this recipe, I bought Chicken-less Strips from Trader Joe’s and chopped them into smaller pieces.

An interested kitty means it’s pretty realistic “meat.” Right?

Combine your garlic, chopped cilantro, scallions, yellow onion, red bell pepper, dairy-free cheeses and chicken-less chicken into a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, stir together the softened vegan cream cheese, salsa verde, lime juice, chile powder, cayenne pepper, sea salt and black pepper.

Combine the cream cheese blend with the chicken, cheeses and veggies and stir.

Wrap 3 tortillas in a paper towl and microwave for 30 seconds, just long enough to make the tortilla soft and easy to work with. Repeat with all tortillas, three at a time.

Spoon roughly two tablespoons of filling into each tortilla and roll tightly.

Place seam side-down on a baking sheet and lightly spray the tops with olive oil.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops begin to brown.


Eat it while you simultaneously do the chicken dance and the calories burn off instantly! I’m just kidding. I hate that dance.

43 thoughts on “baked chicken-less taquito

  1. I’m a meat-eater but I love fake chicken products. Especially morning star farms fake chicken nuggets. I’ve never tried fake cheese, but you might have sold me. I’m totally down with being semi-vegan. Except in grilled cheese sammiches, cause that would be taking it too far.

    • Jen @ the baked life. You must try Daiya cheese, it is so rich tasting and just devine. They also have it in a block so that you can slice it and make grilled cheese sandwitches. If you haven’t tried it, you will be surprised and how good and rich tasting it is.

  2. I like fake meat from time to time because they make me feel “normal” read: ominovore. But Im not very creative with it. This is a wonderful idea and I will borrow it from you since I have all the ingredients

  3. I’m a little appalled you went from “cluckers and mooers will thank you” to taunting kitties with fake meat! Shame on you!

    (They look very tasty. I am not vegetarian at all, but so in love with panfried “salt and pepper tofu,” and betting I can just toss my beloved cube-ees in and go for it! Although since I have some cheese in the fridge, I might toss that in, too.)

  4. These looks great – so crispy and gooey!
    I love that kitteh is interested. I was once eating a faux schnitzel type thing one evening and one of my cats became obsessed with trying to get bits of it. So I gave it to him, he was very happy.

  5. This is wonderful! My husband is trying a vegan life style for health reasons and we’re really struggling to find good non-sweet vegan recipes! Thank you so much! I’d love to see more vegan dinner/lunch style recipes from you!

    • Thanks, Emrie! I’m going to try to feature more “normal” food more often. People must think I eat cake 24/7 :)

  6. This looks very tasty! I am not too much of a fake meat lover either except for veggie burgers, veggie sausage and vegan generals tso’s chicken from whole foods. I agree with you about the non dairy cheese, yuck! I have tried many and I just can’t get with it! But since you posted this I might give it a try without the daiya cheese!

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. oh my heavens me!!! i’m about ready to do the unchicken dance–with feeling ; ) ! these are absolutely stupendously good. i’ve been vegetarian for about 10 years now (since 9/11), but have never gone completely vegan because–sad to say–there are some foods that i just can’t give up. like cheese. and cheese. and cheese. most fake cheez products taste like flavored glue, sadly, so i had just about given up liking anything even vaguely cheez-y. along came your recipe! the daiya cheese is just scrumptious! it *really* does melt, and the jalepeno cheez flavor is pretty darn good. but oh, this recipe rocks it even further!!!! i subbed vegan sour cream (follow your heart brand) for the cream cheese cause i had some to use up. yum yum yum yum. vegan heaven! love your blog too; living in nyc i get more than my fill of sanctimonious vegans. i like where i am with my diet, and thanks to your nice blog i have more reason to deepen my practice and explore without guilt. namaste : )

  8. These look so good! My husband is not a huge fan of the “fake” stuff either but I am going to try these since you said you weren’t either and liked them! Just look so authentic Mexican, YUM

  9. my daughter and her husband have raved about these to me. she says they ate them two days in a row, they are that
    good. they are vegetarian and i am a new vegetarian. looking forward to trying these.

  10. I just tried this with a brown rice, refried beans & black beans, kale, cilantro, guacamole & red onion filling and it was so delicious that I ate the excess filling right out of the bowl! My non-vegetarian family literally had no idea they were eating meat-free– they loved it as much as I did.

    And, seriously, this was so easy that I had the whole thing finished in under an hour & all the ingredients were things I already had on hand. Thank you for the fantastic idea!

  11. Ok, I just made these and they came out good! I actual like them. I am not fond of Daiya cheese either. It was certainly a surprise.

    I didn’t add any salsa verde because I couldn’t find any. I also used Vegan General Tso’s Chicken instead of that brand. I think that I added too much cheese and should have diced some tomatoes. It’s going to be way better next time.

    Thanks for sharing. Wish I could share a photo because I did take pics :)

    • I am so glad you liked them! I think this would probably be good with regular salsa too, but then again I’m a sucker for salsa so maybe don’t listen to me

      • Great! Thanks for the suggestion. I am going to try your chocolate and velvet cake next! I cannot wait….your pics looks so good :)

  12. Seriously, I hate vegan cheese, it’s disgusting, but Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese really, really lives up to it’s name. So good.

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  14. These were SO good! I fed them to my hubby’s meat LOVING uncle and brother and got sooo many compliments. So easy and so tasty–definitely going to be a monthly treat.

  15. I am so obsessed with these! They are so delicious I just cant get enough! I’m even making them for Thanksgiving 😉

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  18. These look AmAzInG! I might have to make them myself and then link my blog readers back to you if I love them like I think I will! I adore Daiya cheeses so I can see this working out in a delicious way!

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  20. These were great! My non-vegetarian husband and son gobbled them up too.
    I used a 6oz pkg of chicken style Smart Links strips and it was more than enough.

  21. I’m jumping really late here, but I wanted to let any future readers know that the Daiya does indeed melt at the higher temperature. I haven’t had any luck making grilled cheese or mac ‘n cheese or pizza with it, but this absolutely worked. I had only 8 tortillas, so I had left over filling. I added a little more cilantro and green onion, some mayo and voila! Mexican style chicken salad! That was also yummy.

    Thanks for sharing this – it’s a definite keeper.

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