I love my chocolate cake, but I have been obsessed with apple pie for a long time. I have stories about apple pie, I crave apple pie and I prefer apple pie for my birthday.
That being said, making apple pie all the time is not exactly convenient, and frankly that’s a lot of running I would have to do to work OFF all that pie. (The rest of my family is not as obsessed, so it would be left to me to eat it.) This recipe is a tasty and easy alternative.
All you need are some apples, a little spice, butter and tortillas. My choice of apple is the green Granny Smith. Other good choices are Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn apples. You could even have a mix of apples.
Taquitos are usually rolled up corn tortillas with meat or beans and cheese inside that are fried and then eaten with guacamole.
In this recipe, flour tortillas make for a great substitute for pie crust. Baking these makes the tortilla nice and crispy, so these rolled up “pies” hold in the shape of a taquito. These are not going to be super gooey and sweet like an apple pie. The recipe includes just enough sugar to bring out the flavor and sweetness of the apples.
If you are like me, you may not like a super sweet dessert. I used maple syrup, which is sweeter than sugar, so you can use less. But to make them sweet enough, I do sprinkle just a pinch of sugar over the filling before wrapping the taquitos.
These can be eaten by themselves or paired with ice cream.
4 small- to medium-sized apples (Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp or Braeburn), peeled and sliced as uniformly as possible
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch or two of nutmeg
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp butter
3 burrito-size flour tortillas, each tortilla cut into pie-shaped thirds
raw sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add apple slices to medium-sized bowl and pour lemon juice over them, then stir to cover all of the slices.
Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and pinch or two of nutmeg over apples and stir again.
Next pour 2 tablespoons of maple syrup over the apples and stir again.
Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in pan over medium heat. Once butter is mostly melted, add apples and stir.
Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Apples are done when then are tender.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of apples into each tortilla wedge. I use the pointed end as the top, and then spoon apples in a line down from there. Sprinkle filling with a touch of sugar and wrap tortilla around filling.
Place taquito seam side down in baking dish. Repeat until glass dish is full (in a single layer) or when you have used up all of the apple filling.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Tortillas should be crispy and a little brown, but not burned.
Eat on their own or with your favorite ice cream.
The smaller the apple slices, the faster they will cook and become tender in the pan. Be mindful of this to avoid overcooking.
I found that less tortilla is optimal. By cutting the tortillas into thirds, like pieces of pie, I can roll them into perfect sized taquitos.
If you prefer a sweeter dessert, add more maple syrup or sprinkle a little more sugar before wrapping taquitos.
You could also brush some melted butter over the tops of the taquitos and then sprinkle with some cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon.
You could make a batch, but don’t bake them but freeze them in the glass bakeware. When ready, they can go straight into the oven (without thawing) and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Serving Size:2 taquitos
Saturated Fat:2.5 g
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