Beef Taquitos & Chunky Avocado Salsa

Who says Christmas is all about turkey & stuffing? Let's heat things up!

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


  1. chicken fajitas

  2. Has to be Enchilada for me Ariba Ariba !

  3. Replies
    1. 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 :-)

  4. I always have chicken and steak fajitas

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

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

  6. Replies
    1. Thank you! They were pretty tasty even if I do say so myself :)

  7. Chilli con carne yay.

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

  9. Enchiladas and fajitas �� Are my favourite Mexican foods.

  10. my favourite has to be Enchiladas :)

  11. Tacos! But the kids love quesadillas of all types :)

  12. Cheeky chicken fajitas are my favourites!!

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

  14. 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.

    1. 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... :-)

  15. 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!

  16. My favourite Mexican food is chicken fajitas

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

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

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

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

  20. Pancita (from the South) and tacos al pastor :D

  21. fajitas, or enchiladas, or tacos .... I love mexican food :)

  22. Spicy Fajitas

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

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

  25. 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!

  26. Burritos are my favourite Mexican food

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  27. chilli con carne

  28. Its all yummy but I love quesadillas

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

  30. Chicken enchiladas - although I've never made them myself

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

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

  33. I love chicken flautas, guacamole and sour cream

  34. I love enchiladas with green sauce and white cheese.

  35. We love vegetable chilli burritos with mild salsa and followed up by churios :)

  36. Fajitas – goodness and awesomeness all wrapped up in one!

  37. Fajitas are the way forward for me love Mexican food


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