Taquitos Dorados Ahogados

tomatotortillaMexican crema

Taquitos Dorados Ahogados

Drowned Crispy Taquitos  

Taquitos Dorados Ahogados

Recipe Yield

40 taquitos

Cooking time

3 hours 30 minutes

Rate this recipe

4 from 8 votes


For the taquitos:

  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast rump roast or other stewing meats, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 white onion halved
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 dried guajillo chiles stemmed and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 2 carrots cut into large pieces
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 Yukon Gold potatoes halved
  • 1 cup refried pinto beans
  • 40 corn tortillas
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Vegetable oil for frying

To Serve:

  • 1 head green cabbage shredded
  • 1 cup Mexican crema
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • Pickled red onions

To Prepare

  • Place the meat, onion, garlic cloves, bay leaf, chiles, peppercorns, tomato, carrots, and salt in a large casserole or soup pot. Fill with water until covered by at least an inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, skim off any foam that may formed on top, and cover and simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, and continue simmering for another 1 hour and 30 minutes, until the meat is easy to shred and the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Transfer the meat and potatoes to a large bowl. Strain the broth into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for about another 30 minutes until reduced slightly.
  • Meanwhile, place the meat on a cutting board and finely chop. Mash the potatoes in the bowl, and add the refried beans and chopped meat. Mix until combined and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a comal or a dry skillet over medium heat until hot. Heat the tortillas on the comal or skillet for about 30 to 40 seconds per side; this will prevent them from breaking when rolling them into taquitos. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of shredded beef on one side of each tortilla and roll them up tightly, inserting a wooden toothpick through the seam to hold them together. You can insert a toothpick through 2 to 3 taquitos at a time, so they will fry evenly and hold their shape. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
  • Fill another heavy pan or large casserole with about an inch of oil. Heat over medium heat for at least 5 minutes before frying the taquitos.
  • Once the oil is hot, gently drop in the taquitos in batches, being careful to not overcrowd the pan. Fry them until they have crisped and turned golden, about 2 to 3 minutes on one side, then flip and repeat on the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the taquitos from the oil and put them on a plate or tray lined with paper towels.
  • To serve, place 3 to 4 taquitos on a rimmed plate. Top with shredded cabbage, crema, queso fresco, and pickled red onions. Pour hot broth onto the taquitos and serve drowned! Or, you can serve the broth on the side for dunking, or for people to drown the taquitos as they please.


110comments inTaquitos Dorados Ahogados

  1. Karen Baxter.

    Feb 14

    Patti, you are so talented. Looks easy for you. Lots of ingredients. I no longer cook. Very old. I watch you because you are a wonderful person.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 15

      This is very sweet of you Karen, thank you!

  2. Ayde

    Nov 20

    This is first for taquitos and soup I will try it it looks delicious

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 21

      Hope you will like these taquitos as much as I do Ayde 😉

  3. Beverly

    Sep 30

    This looks delicious. If making for just two people can I freeze them before frying them.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 05

      Absolutely Beverly, or you can also fry them before freezing and then reheat in the oven when you are ready to eat them 🙂

  4. Michelle

    Nov 10

    My family and I absolutely love this recipe! Ty for sharing. I do have a question. Do you blend the guajillos and tomatoes with the broth or are they disposed of with remainder of ingredients? Your broth looks a little more red that’s why I was curious. Thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 11

      Hey Michelle, so glad you guys liked the taquitos! For this recipe I just use the broth, no tomatoes or guajillos, but it is not a bad idea to fish them out and blend them with the broth 🙂


    Nov 01


    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 02

      Mmmmm, yummy! I just love taquitos SO much, enjoy!

  6. Erin Kelley

    Oct 10

    If you haven’t made this recipe yet, make it tonight!! I’ve made it twice now and both times it’s turned out perfectly. If you have a pot roast in you freezer, make this instead! You will not regret it.

    This recipe has also changed how I eat the flautas from my local taqueria; now I need to order a caldo to dip and dunk 😋 Thank you for sharing this game changing recipe!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 24

      So happy you liked this taquitos so much Erin, yay!

  7. Steven Cohen

    Aug 07

    You are awesome. Love your show. My wife is Mexican/American so we love all things Mexican. We also met you at the Skirball Center. (My family has Polish roots so we have the Mexican Polish thing going on too). Wishing you the absolute best. S. Cohen

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 09

      Thanks so much for the kind words Steven, abrazos to all!

  8. Jessica Reed

    Jul 31

    this looks fantastic and I am definitely making this! thank you for sharing!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 09

      My pleasure Jessica! Let me know how do you like them!

  9. Michael Jude

    Jun 28

    Making this today! Do you save the tomato, onion, and carrots you strained out of the broth for anything? I bet they are delicious!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 18

      I do not use them for this recipe anymore Michael, but you are right, I guess you can use them to make a base for vegetable soup 🙂

  10. Raylene Woodall

    Apr 24

    Love your recipes and your web site is so user friendly. Thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 01

      Thanks to you for following Raylene.

  11. Yolanda carrillo

    Dec 25

    Mmm que delicia de receta gracias pato.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 26

      Que alegria que te gusto Yolanda, gracias!

  12. Yolanda carrillo

    Oct 20

    mmm que delicia de tacos gracias pati por tus deliciosas recetas

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 25

      Que bueno que te gustaron Yolanda, un abrazo!

  13. Sandy

    Oct 11

    We loved these, I am now making them for my granddaughter’s birthday – she requested them. Thank you for the recipe. Love your show.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 12

      Thanks to you guys for following, un abrazo to both and Happy Birthday to your granddaughter 😉

  14. Chris

    May 18

    Delicious! I like this recipe. The instructions are spot on though I made my own recipe for pickled red onions,(I will try yours one day). We think this dish is comfort food it’s that good! Adding to the rotation.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      So glad you liked the taquitos Chris, yummy, I love them 😉

  15. Jeff in Dallas

    May 08

    Patty, this recipe is delicious! Will make again and again.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      So glad you liked it Jeff, yay!

  16. Gloria Montano

    May 02

    Can’t wait to make yr drowned taquitos n flour tortillas

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Yay, thanks so much Gloria!

  17. brandi reyes

    Mar 02

    These are wonderful. My family loves them.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Yay Brandi, enjoy 🙂

  18. Sheri Duncan

    Jan 17

    We made this dish. Was unable to find the chiles in the recipe so we substituted with Poblano & habanero chiles. This was a very mild flavor but had a mild taste. We will definitely make again.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      Glad you liked the taquitos Sheri, and surprised you found the habanero mild, most of the times those are really spicy 😉

  19. Leia C.

    Oct 04

    I made these tonight and they did not disappoint! The combination of flavors and textures was out of this world delicious. It’s really not a lot of prep or cook time when you look at hands on, and if you have someone rolling and someone frying the last step flies by.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      I agree Leia, these taquitos are delicious, so glad you liked them 😉

  20. Alygonz

    Sep 22

    Very good my husband and kids loved them thank u …,😘

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 24

      Thanks to you, so glad everyone enjoyed the Taquitos 😉

  21. Alexes

    Sep 18

    I love this recipe so much!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 18

      Yay, thanks Alexes!

  22. Pat

    Sep 13

    Hi Pati,
    I plan on making this for my “small”family soon. My question is if we don’t eat all that this recipe makes would it be better to freeze the beef mixture or freeze the fried taquitos

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 17

      Either works Pat, I would say it is easier to freeze the fried taquitos and then warm them up in the oven when you are ready to enjoy them again 😉

  23. Kim

    Sep 07

    Hello Pati,

    I made these for my family and they were gone in seconds it seemed like. We all enjoyed the recipe. In fact, I had to print it off as I am making these again tonight! Love watching you and seeing all the delicious food you make. Thank you for sharing the love for your culture and your family.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 17

      Thanks to you for following Kim. Love to read your family loved these taquitos, yay!

  24. Christy Young

    Aug 15

    I made this and holy moly is it delicious!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 18

      So glad you liked them Christy, thanks for the feedback 😉

  25. Gigi

    Aug 08

    Hi Pati,
    My cousin recommended your show to me a couple of months ago and I’m hooked! Hope you can continue to share great recipes and wonderful stories of all the beautiful cities & pueblos in Mexico. I’ve made your tortas ahogadas so far and although my husband doesn’t eat spicy food, he loved the carnitas. 🤗

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 11

      Thanks so much Gigi for the kind words and for following the show 😉 Stay tuned because the new season all the way from the beautiful Sonora, Mexico premieres the first week of October!

      1. Gigi

        Aug 16

        Had to make the taquitos, so delicious!! Garnished with your avocado tomatillo salsa. Can it be October already?? 😭

        1. Pati Jinich

          Aug 18

          Great combo Gigi, glad you pair these two recipes together 😉

  26. Jennifer Avalos

    Jul 11

    Hola Pati!

    My father told me to watch your episode “A Local’s Tour of Culiacan” on PBS. The food looked amazing! I’m going to try to make the taquitos. I loved the episode and I think you’re wonderful! Your sons are adorable! Thank you so much for your show!!
    Please don’t stop!


    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 12

      Thank you so much for your kindness Jennifer, and to your dad for the suggestion 😉 Now stay tuned for the new season which premieres this October from Sonora!

  27. Glennda Drescher

    Jul 09

    I would Brown my meat well first. Color adds flavor!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 11

      Of course, perfect Glennda!

  28. Linda Sierra

    Jul 09

    I love your videos! Gracias

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 12

      Gracias a ti Linda! Have a great Sunday 🙂

  29. Michael D. Guerrero

    Jul 09

    Hola Pati, I will be honest that I have been missing alot of your shows. But I am so happy that you are always so available to us here at home. The Taquitos Dorados have been some thing that I have not perfected. I will try my best to follow the recipe. This will be my first time applying what you teach us on tv. Wish me luck. Oh one more thing say hi to juju and your family. Thank you pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 12

      Good luck with the Taquitos Michael! Let me know how they come out 😉

  30. Carmen Avila

    Jul 07

    How can I get the video in the episode, for Taquitos Dorados Ahogados ?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 08

      Hey Carmen, this recipe is on Episode 1 of Season 8 : A Local’s Tour of Culiacan. You can find the video on Amazon Prime 😉

  31. Holley Rufino

    Jun 30

    Hey Pati. Love every episode. Because of you My family has learned to cook many many delicious meals. Can you tell which season/episode is Taquitos dorados ahogados? Thank you. Please don’t stop teaching us…

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 30

      Thanks Holley for the kind words! This recipe is in the first episode of Season 8 “Episode 801: A Local’s Tour of Culiacán”. Enjoy!

  32. Mary Gonzalez, Texas

    Jun 20

    Hi Pati, Can’t wait to make this and so many more of your recipes. I could watch you all day on TV. I tell my husband, “My Sister Pati on TV made xyz or said…” You are a part of our family. Good food made from the heart and enjoyed with those you love really does connect and tighten relationships. Your recipes and shared stories contribute so much more than you will ever know. Stay well. Looking forward to many more seasons with you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 21

      Thanks so much Mary for your kindness, I am really touched! New season is premiering early in the fall, stay tuned 😉

  33. Kellie b

    May 27

    Delish!! A new family favorite.
    Thanks Pati

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 28

      Yay! Thanks Kellie 😉

  34. Melissa

    May 05

    I just seen your show for 1st time amazing. Can’t wait to make taquitoes ! Also to make pickled onions. So glad I found you! Stay safe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Thanks so much Melissa, go for those recipes, you will love them. You too stay safe and healthy 😉

  35. Bryan McDonald. Bmackrealty@gmail.com

    Apr 26

    Your show is my favorite on create TV. I love that you visit a location in Mexico and then come back to your home kitchen and try to recreate the dish. I absolutely love this recipe and this will be the 1st then I try to make from your show wish me luck. So happy to know that you have a monthly newsletter that I can subscribe to

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Good luck Bryan! I am sure you will make the perfect taquitos. Thanks for subscribing to the Newsletter 😉

  36. Margot

    Apr 25

    I made these for dinner tonight! I cooked the meat in the crockpot because I thought it would be easier that way with my 3 young boys. The roast was delicious before I continued with the recipe and I’ll make my next roast this way! We all loved this recipe. Super yummy dinner!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Yay Margot, bravo! Love to read you made those boys happy with this recipe 😉

  37. Marielle

    Apr 23

    These are my favorite!! My mom would make these when I was a kid but with chicken. To see them here brings so many wonderful memories!! I’ll have to try them with beef. I love your recipes! The flavors are so authentic and the way you embrace our Mexican culture brings me so much happiness. ¡Gracias!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Gracias a ti Marielle! It makes me so happy when my recipes bring back sweet memories to you guys 😉

  38. Paul Swanson

    Apr 20

    Just made this fabulous dish after seeing it done on TV the other day to such good and charming effect. The immediate result: perhaps the most subtly satisfying taste I’ve ever made from scratch. Thank you Pati and Crew for bringing this gem of a recipe to broader life!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Thanks Paul for giving it a try! Love to read it was a success 😉

  39. Loni Santy

    Apr 19

    We love watching your show and have made many of the dishes!! Gonna try these tonight with freshly made tortillas!! Hoping it turns out!! Thank you for being you Pati!!!! 😉

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Thank you Loni 😉 So happy to hear you enjoy the show and that you are making home made tortillas, yay!

  40. Lola

    Apr 16

    Hi Pati. I wonder about brushing the taquitos with oil and baking them. Do you think it would work?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      That works Lola! That way you save some calories from not frying 😉 Just maybe at the end of baking them turn on the broiler for few seconds so they get really crispy 😉

      1. Maria

        Jul 11

        Hi Patti, my boyfriend is Mexican from Guanajuato. He has never heard of this recipe. We absolutely loved it. We even thought to just eat the roast with potatoes because it was so delicious. So tell me What part of Mexico are you from?
        That’s it

        1. Pati Jinich

          Jul 12

          Thanks for your message Maria, so glad to read you and your boyfriend enjoyed this recipe! I am from Mexico City, have fun 🙂

  41. Farzaneh

    Mar 15

    Hi patti,
    I am planning to make this today with some modification. After I remove the meat from the broth, looos like you throw out the onion carrots tomatoe garlic and chilies.
    Can I not use immersion blender to bend in Chilies Tomate and garlic into
    The broth?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 18

      Yes Farzaneh, why not? I think is a great idea, please let me know how it turns out!

  42. Thomas Yobbagy

    Feb 23

    What a great recipe! Made this today. We Loved it. Great amount of leftovers perfect for taking to work tomorrow for coworkers.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 24

      Thanks Thomas, so glad you liked them! I’m sure you were the star of the office today 😉

  43. Suzanne

    Feb 19

    I made these and they were a huge hit. The broth will make you well! The kids loved heaping all the sides into their bowl and dunking taquitos in the broth. Will make the taquitos a little spicier next time cause my grandkids are worthy. They do freeze very well and after defrosting they microwave back to crisp. I used the microwave to soften the tortillas. I didn’t have the bitter orange so we just used softened red onions but I missed the pickled element so we’ll do that next time. Congrats Pati, we’ll make these forever.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 19

      I love these taquitos! And for me as well, the spicier, the better 😉

  44. Sabrina

    Nov 25

    It looks so good I am having it for dinner!😀

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 26

      Have a great dinner, Sabrina!

  45. Stephanie Swanson

    Nov 25

    Recently discovered my family has roots in Sinaloa. This episode was very timely and I was so excited to make a meal for my family. I already make homemade taquitos and was very excited to eat them in a new way.
    I made the sopa in the crockpot on low temperature. Put the potatoes in 3hrs prior to completion. I added an extra dried pepper (chipotle). I took the onions and emulsified them, then added to the potatoe and bean mixture. Also, added some salt, garlic powder and chili powder.
    This recipe was packed with so many complex flavors. My family really enjoyed the meal.
    Thank you Pati. Love watching and learning from you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 30

      So glad you guys are enjoying the season and the recipes, Stephanie!

  46. Steve metz

    Nov 03

    I added a touch of “better than bullion” beef bullion and added an additional 5 arbol chiles as well. Probably some of the best broth I’ve had. My son tasted the broth, rolled his eyes and said he just wanted a bowl of the broth. But then he had the tender beef and he couldn’t wait for the finished product. Thanks for bringing this recipe to the show!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 05

      Oh thank you for the kind words, Steve!

  47. Christie

    Oct 17

    Question! Is the leftover broth ment to be a little bland? I did everything the way you said. Making for hubby’s birthday today!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 19

      Oh I’m so sorry you found it a bit bland. But I hope your husband had a great birthday!

  48. Jessica Thornburgh

    Oct 14

    After seeing your show…I knew I had to try these. I did a few things differently to break up the work: I slow cooked the meat last night to this morning in an Instant Pot. Turned out great. I pickled the onions this morning and then did the meat mash and rolled the tacos tonight. I added some avocado, cilantro and basic red salsa. It all came out AMAZING. I think I prefer the shredded beef with potatoes and beans from now on. My 80 year old mother in law loved the dish especially because she could soak the taquitos. I was surprised by how well it all went together…just delicious. Thank you Pati.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 14

      That’s great that you both enjoyed the taquitos, Jessica!

  49. Donna Zanetich

    Oct 06

    Hi Pati,

    What is the best way to store leftover taquitos? I was thinking cool, then refrigerate and reheat in the oven…

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 25

      Exactly, Donna! Let cool, refrigerate, and reheat in the oven.

  50. Robert

    Sep 30

    Enjoyed the show.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 01

      Thank you, Robert!

  51. Clover Bei

    Sep 30

    Woke up to this recipe saturday morning and had most of the ingredients except the crema & Tortilla. I went to fetch the remaining items and made this Drowned Crispy Tacos. It was amazing!
    I put a little spin on it thou, i added to the mash potato, carrots, refried beans and meat, half of a small diced raw onion before rolling my tacos. I had to make them a bit smaller because I forgot the tooth pics. I rolled then tight then place the loose end down in the oil so it wouldn’t open. A few did, but we got a hang of it and fried all 30 tacos.

    My husband began eating them before they were ready to serve, they were that good. My daughter & granddaughter ate until they were filled as well. The flavors were on point.

    I cooked the potato & carrots separately because I’m avoiding the starches. I’m on the Keto diet so I set aside my meat & soup and added the cabbage & crema; I added queso fresca and fresh cilantro, with the pickled red onions to mine and I was satiated and enjoyed every bit of it.

    It’s on the menu for Thanksgiving.

    Thank you for sharing these recipes, I will try the others soon.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 03

      I’m so glad you made the recipe your own, Clover…and that it will be on your Thanksgiving menu!

  52. Anonymous

    Sep 29

    Those look so yummy or will try to make some thanks Pati

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 29


  53. Anonymous

    Sep 28

    When is your show coming back!!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 29

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