Tacoritos…delicious. The entire family gave them a big thumbs up. 🙂


Not hard to make, at all. If your family and/or friends like tacos, burritos, Tex-Mex, etc., they will enjoy this. And I must say, as good as they were, they were even better the next day. Next time I make them, I will consider baking them ahead of time, then reheating in the oven or microwave to serve.

The original recipe, as far as I can tell, was a prize winning recipe at Taste of Home. I’m not a member of the site, so couldn’t access the recipe. I found it on the Noble Pig site, where it had been adapted a bit. I adapted it a little more, so here’s my version.


3 T. butter
3 T. all-purpose flour
3 cups water
1 T. chili powder [Original recipe called for 3 T. chili powder…I used one tablespoon and added 2 T. cumin for a little less heat.]
2 T. ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. dry onion flakes (or you can use fresh onion, diced, 1/2 c. – 1 c.)
1 lb. ground beef [I used the leanest available.]
1 lb. bulk pork sausage [I used Jimmy Dean regular.]
1 16 oz. can refried beans
8 flour tortillas (8 inch)
3 c. (12 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese [I used sliced pepper-jack and sliced provolone, as that’s what I had on hand.]

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour until smooth. Allow to cook for a minute or two to cook the flour.

Whisk while gradually adding the water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Stir in chili powder, cumin, minced garlic, and dry onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the beef and sausage [and onion, if using fresh] until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in refried beans; heat through. You can make the filling with beef only, if you like, but I must say that the addition of sausage to the filling is much better than beef alone.

meat filling

Spread 1/4 cup sauce in a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.

ready the pan

Spread a tablespoon of sauce on a tortilla; place 2/3 cup meat mixture down the center. Top with a 1/4 cup cheese.

didn't have any shredded cheese...

Roll tortilla and place seam side down in prepared dish. Repeat until eight tortillas are done. My pan isn’t quite 9×13, so they are rather crowded.

barely fit eight

Pour remaining sauce over the top; sprinkle with remaining cheese. I used slices, as that’s what I had. Worked just fine.

ready to bake

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.


After 20 minutes, I turned the oven off and left the tacoritos in the oven until DH came home from work…maybe 30 minutes. They were perfect.



  1. MaryAnn Dorf
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    this dish looks great—must try!!!

  2. Mary
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    I’m going to have to try these – sounds delicious!

  3. Posted January 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I hope I can remember that I want to try this by the time we get home. It looks really good, but I don’t have much room in the camper for cooking casseroles, nor the space to store leftovers in the fridge.

  4. MaryAnn Dorf
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t add sausage nor refried beans as I dislike them, but added more lean ground meat and it turned out fabulous—again thanks for posting your recipes—helps those of us that get in a rut and cook the same things over and over!

  5. hilary
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I forgot to buy the refried beans will they taste OK without them?

  6. Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Hilary, if you have a can of beans (pinto or cannellini or some other bean you like) you can add those. Crush them if you like. Or leave the beans out. It won’t taste exactly the same, but it will still be good. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

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