Beef Taquitos & Chunky Avocado Salsa

Who says Christmas is all about turkey & stuffing? Let’s heat things up with these Beef Taquitos!

The lovely folk behind Mextrade UK have sent me some of their products to try. They are specialists in importing Mexican food stuffs to the UK and supply lots of Mexican restaurants here, including Wahaca. The good news for us is that you can also buy their products online and in some Mexican delis around the country.

ingredients for beef taquitos with La Costena sauces

As it’s nearly Christmas and lots of us are entertaining, I decided to create something you could serve as a snack or light supper and immediately turned to Thomasina Miers Wahaca – Mexican Food at Home for inspiration. Here is my recipe for beef taquitos – an adaptation of her spicy prawn taquitos which can be found on the times website.

     The avocado salsa that accompanies the taquitos uses two La Costena ingredients. Salsa Verde, a classic tangy Mexican sauce made with green tomatillos, jalapeños, coriander and seasonings. The delicious tangy flavour comes from the tomatillos. the second is pickled Serranos chillies – the mean little cousins of Jalapeño peppers. Smaller in size but hotter and very tasty! 

This is enough for 4 as snack food or 2 as a main meal with the salsa on the side.

Beef taquitos recipe



  • 6 -8 corn tortillas
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbsp diced pickled jalapeños
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 200ml water
  • 60g butter
  • 4 large plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 medium sized steak
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil for frying.

You’ll also need wooden toothpicks.

Avocado Salsa:

  • 1 medium avocado, diced.
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced.
  • 2 large plum tomatoes, deseeded and diced.
  • Juice of 1/2 lime.
  • 1 tbsp La Costeña salsa verde 
  • 1 tbsp diced pickled La Costeña serranos chillies.
  • A small handful of chopped coriander


Start with the taquito mix: 

  • Make the garlic butter by whizzing the water and garlic in a small food processor. Heat the butter in a pan until foaming and then add the garlic water and allow to cook until almost all the water has evaporated and its a nice silky consistency.
  • Quarter the tomatoes and remove the seeds, then dice.
  • Fry the finely diced onion and herbs for 5 minutes or until soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the finely diced steak and fry for a couple of minutes,
  • Add the chillies and tomatoes and allow it to simmer until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Stir in a tablespoon of the garlic butter and take the mix off the heat,
To make the salsa: 
  • Mix the avocado, red onion and diced tomatoes together and stir in the serranos chillies, coriander and lime juice. Season to taste. DONE!
Back to the taquitos: 
  • Heat the sunflower oil in a large frying pan.
  • Once hot, briefly place the tortilla into the oil. Remove to a plate, put 2 tbsp of beef mix onto one half of the tortilla and fold it over, sealing with three toothpicks around the edge.
  • Turn the heat up on the pan and fry the tortilla until crispy and golden (turning to cook evenly).
  • Pat down with kitchen roll and remove the toothpicks.
  • Repeat until all taquitos are made.
  • Serve piled up on a plate with the avocado salsa. Yummy!
homemade avocado and chilli salsa
homemade beef taquitos


Get your hands on a whole heap of Mexican goodies courtesy of Mextrade UK. The hamper is worth £50 and will be tailored to your tastebuds – want it spicy? No props! Want it mild? No probs either 🙂 Closing date is 19th Dec so the winner will have their treats before Christmas!

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*Mextrade UK supplied me with some of their products to try. Photos are courtesy of Dave Parry

Leave a comment

  1. 13th December 2015 / 3:36 pm

    chicken fajitas

  2. Andy Caldwell
    13th December 2015 / 3:47 pm

    chicken fajitas

  3. 13th December 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Has to be Enchilada for me Ariba Ariba !

  4. 13th December 2015 / 4:04 pm

    Can't beat a good empanada!

  5. 13th December 2015 / 4:28 pm

    I always have chicken and steak fajitas

  6. 13th December 2015 / 5:33 pm

    I adore Mexican food and huevos rancheros makes a mighty fine breakfast.

  7. Paula Readings
    13th December 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Chilli con carne yay.

  8. 13th December 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I love tacos, these looks different from those I ate on Mexico, but I want to try them.

  9. 13th December 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Enchiladas and fajitas �� Are my favourite Mexican foods.

  10. Anonymous
    14th December 2015 / 1:24 am

    my favourite has to be Enchiladas 🙂

  11. 14th December 2015 / 5:44 am

    I like fajitas best

  12. 14th December 2015 / 10:03 am

    Yes! I love empanadas! There's a recipe on the blog for them too! Just click on the Mexican label at the side and it'll come up 🙂

  13. 15th December 2015 / 8:17 am

    OOOh yes, I could eat those right now Choclette!!

  14. 15th December 2015 / 12:15 pm

    Tacos! But the kids love quesadillas of all types 🙂

  15. 15th December 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Cheeky chicken fajitas are my favourites!!

  16. 15th December 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Mexican is my favorite. We make it constantly. I'd say wet burritos are my favorite, but I also adore Carnitas!

  17. 15th December 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Love how Melton Mowbray (my hometown) is next to Mexican in your Labels list!
    I love nachos. We had tacos this week, love those. Had fajitas at the weekend. I don't have a favourite, I love all that I've tried.

  18. 16th December 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I don't eat meat anymore, but I LOVE chicken chili verde with tomatillos. I will need to make a vegan version these days, but oh my gosh, that flavour… soooo good!

  19. 16th December 2015 / 2:08 pm

    My favourite Mexican food is chicken fajitas

  20. 16th December 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Haha! What a small world, my dad teaches in Melton Mowbray. I love tacos too. In fact, I've not had them for ages and I want them now… 🙂

  21. 16th December 2015 / 5:41 pm

    To be honest, I have not try proper Mexican food but I think have to be chicken fajitas.

  22. 17th December 2015 / 8:50 am

    Wow what a different prize it is a beauty . It has to be chicken fajitas

  23. 17th December 2015 / 12:15 pm

    i love fajitas

  24. 17th December 2015 / 12:49 pm

    Thanks for entering – fingers crossed! It's a great prize. I'd quite like it for myself! Teehee

  25. 17th December 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Thank you! They were pretty tasty even if I do say so myself 🙂

  26. 17th December 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Chilli con carne for me – has taken me a while to perfect the recipe so it's just how I like it!

  27. Reyna
    17th December 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Pancita (from the South) and tacos al pastor 😀

  28. 17th December 2015 / 9:11 pm

    fajitas, or enchiladas, or tacos …. I love mexican food 🙂

  29. Alison
    17th December 2015 / 9:17 pm

    chicken fajitas

  30. Helen Gilbert
    17th December 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Spicy Fajitas

  31. 18th December 2015 / 12:29 am

    Sopa de tortilla (tortilla soup) It's so yummy

  32. Lynsey Buchanan
    18th December 2015 / 3:31 am


  33. Chris Hobbs
    18th December 2015 / 7:05 am

    Love Enchilada but with a quorn filling and plenty of guacamole and chilli sauce xx

  34. 18th December 2015 / 8:06 am

    Too many to choose from like Burrito but I'll go with Enchilada,
    Just mentioning them, I think I'd want them now, Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!

  35. 18th December 2015 / 11:19 am

    Nachos with guacamole

  36. 18th December 2015 / 11:30 am

    Burritos are my favourite Mexican food

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  37. Anonymous
    18th December 2015 / 11:56 am

    chilli con carne

  38. Layla Thomas
    18th December 2015 / 1:48 pm

    I love soft tacos and it's nice because the kids like them too.

  39. 18th December 2015 / 5:33 pm

    Chicken enchiladas – although I've never made them myself

  40. Susan B
    18th December 2015 / 6:09 pm

    My favourite Mexican food is refried beans. I couldn't get enough of it when I was lucky enough to visit Mexico.

  41. 18th December 2015 / 8:02 pm

    I love chicken fajitas. My son loves helping to make, and eat them!

  42. 18th December 2015 / 8:27 pm

    I love chicken flautas, guacamole and sour cream

  43. 18th December 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I love enchiladas with green sauce and white cheese.

  44. 18th December 2015 / 9:22 pm

    We love vegetable chilli burritos with mild salsa and followed up by churios 🙂

  45. 18th December 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Fajitas – goodness and awesomeness all wrapped up in one!

  46. 20th December 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Fajitas are the way forward for me love Mexican food

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