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Tailgate Taquitos

Finger foods don’t need to be too fancy to have serious flavor and flair. When you’re in the mood to set out something different on your tailgate, kitchen or backyard buffet, turn to taquitos. Also known as flautas, taquitos are easy to transport, whip up and make disappear.


  • Ground beef, turkey, or sausage
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Cumin (to taste)
  • Chili powder (to taste)
  • Green pepper, chopped
  • Red onion, chopped
  • Bacon
  • Salsa
  • Tortillas
  • 1/2 lime


So this is what we call our beef flautas. You can also call them taquitos or basically rolled up mini tacos. We’re going to take a ground pound of a little bit of a wild boar. Now feel free use beef, ground turkey, sausage.

What we’re gonna do: take our ground pound of that pork and we’re gonna add in a little bit of salt, pepper, cumin, and some chili powder. If you don’t have all those ingredients at home, just use what you like to give it a little bit of that south of the border flare and give it some good flavor. We might even add on a little bit of lime at the end just to see what we can get going.

Cooking out of our Kong, get it nice and warmed up. Slide in a little bit of bacon on the side and some green peppers that we’ll chop up. Those green peppers are going to go in at the very end and we’ll be adding the bacon after we’ve cooked it down and gotten it all perfectly ready. After we’ve got that going, add a little bit of salsa. Let’s give it a few more minutes to show you guys what we’re talking about.

So we’ve got our filler, took it off our Kong. This is our ground pork or whatever you guys used at home, along with our spices, peppers, onions, and that bacon. You gotta add the bacon in there. Now what we’re gonna do here: take that filler, put it right on inside a little tortilla, roll it up, and you are good to go. Gonna add a little bit of lime to it just to give it some of that south of the border flavor.

Super simple, you’re just gonna take about a tablespoon, maybe a little bit more if you got some bigger tortillas. Slap it right in the middle there and give it a nice quick roll. That’s all there is to it. You’re just going to roll them up, throw them on your grill, let them smoke at 275 for maybe 5-10 minutes. But really, what you’re looking for is a crisp skin.

A Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Beef Taquitos Recipe You Can’t Resist

This tailgate grill recipe allows you to add some personalization and splash. Toss in your favorite spicy seasonings, or play with different meats and fillers. Don’t be afraid to get creative — you’re the pitmaster, after all.

You also have tons of leeway when it comes to how crisp you want your tortilla to be. You may even want to brush the tops of your tortillas with a bit of chili powder-infused melted butter to give them extra oomph.

These grilled flautas also won’t cost you a fortune. You probably have all the ingredients and pantry items you need to whip them up for lunch.

Sauce Suggestions to Accompany Beef Taquitos

Eating grilled flautas plain may be your style. But some people like to smother their flautas in sauces or dip them before each bite.

Some sauces to try include:

  • Mild, medium or fiery salsa. Use your own salsa made from fresh grilled tomatoes from your garden, or choose your favorite brand.
  • Ranch dressings. Any ranch-style dressing, especially one infused with chunks of avocado and lime, can pair well with your flautas.
  • Melted cheese. While you’re at it, throw some melted cheese on your plate next to your beef taquitos.

At this point, you know how to make taquitos that will earn you raving reviews and loyal tailgate fans. Fire up the Kong and get started!

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