Looking for a flavorful and easy-to-make appetizer for your next gathering? Look no further than these Traeger Carnitas Taquitos, packed with tender shredded pork and cheese, all wrapped up in a crispy tortilla shell.
Traeger Carnitas Taquitos
If you’re a fan of Mexican-inspired cuisine and are looking for a tasty and easy-to-make appetizer that’s sure to impress, then these Traeger Carnitas Taquitos are definitely worth adding to your recipe rotation. The smoked, slow-cooked shredded pork is packed with big, bold flavors, and the zesty blend of spices adds just the right amount of kick to every bite. Plus, they’re wrapped up in crispy tortilla shells, making them the perfect handheld snack for any occasion.
My Traeger Carnitas Recipe is perfect for the filling!
One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can customize the filling to suit your taste preferences, and you can even swap out the pork for shredded chicken, shredded beef, or ground beef taco meat if you prefer.
Plus, the taquitos are easy to make in large batches, so they’re perfect for feeding a crowd. Whether you’re hosting a game day party or just looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, these Pork Taquitos are sure to be a hit with everyone.
Why raw tortillas?
If you haven’t tried these raw tortillas yet, you are seriously missing out. Not only are they the best for your average taco night when you cook them up on the stovetop or the griddle, but they make the best homemade quesadillas and taquitos EVER. You can’t match the crunch with pre-cooked tortillas, so they are worth the effort and the purchase.
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Traeger Carnitas Taquitos shopping list
Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- raw flour tortillas
- cooked carnitas
- shredded cheddar cheese
- avocado oil cooking spray
Try our Traeger Pork Verde Steak Tacos too!
How to make Pork Taquitos on the Traeger
This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.
Fire up the pellet grill and preheat to 375°.
Fill the tortillas with some cheese and meat and roll ’em up. Spray with cooking spray.
You can cook these directly on the grill grates or on a baking sheet. You do you! Just rotate a time or two through the process and make sure to yank them off the grill when they are golden brown.
As with almost everything that comes off the grill, but especially things filled with cheese, they’ll be hot when you take them off the grill. Let them cool a little before biting in.
Serve with sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, and if you’re like me, you want them on a bed of lettuce.
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Traeger Carnitas Taquitos FAQ
Can these Traeger Taquitos be made in advance?
Yes, you can make these in advance and store them in the refrigerator or freezer either before OR after you cook them. Simply reheat them in the Traeger, oven, or air fryer before serving.
Can you use store-bought carnitas instead of homemade?
Yes, you can definitely use store-bought carnitas if you don’t have the time or ingredients to make your own. However, making your own carnitas from scratch will give you the best result. I’ve made these with carnitas from Costco though and they were amazing so don’t hesitate to hit that easy button if it makes your life simpler! If I use homemade carnitas for this, it is generally because they are leftovers.
Can I make these taquitos on a regular grill?
Yup! You can make these on a regular grill if you’d like. You can even make these on your gas griddle, in the oven, or cooked on a large pan on the stovetop too. They are very versatile. I love doing them in our pellet grill because of the extra flavor that adds and how easy it is to use, but you do what works best for you!
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Traeger Carnitas Taquitos
We take cheese and our tender, smoked carnitas and wrap them up in a raw flour tortilla shell and then baked on the Traeger until they are golden brown and crispy. Easy weeknight dinner, and perfect use for those raw tortillas!
- 8 large raw flour tortillas
- 3 cups cooked carnitas
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat your Traeger to 375°F.
- While the grill is heating, separate your tortilla shells and let come to room temperature. Prep a grill-safe baking sheet with avocado oil cooking spray (or your desired cooking spray.)
- Divide the cooked carnitas and cheese between the 8 tortillas and roll up as tightly as you can without tearing the shell. Place seam-side down on the prepped baking sheet.
- Place these in the pre-heated grill, seam-side down. You can cook directly on the grill or on a baking sheet. Either way!
- Cook for 15-20 minutes, flipping at least once mid-cook, or as long as it takes to get the outside shell golden brown and crispy and the insides nice and melty.
- Remove from the grill and let cool for a few minutes before eating.
- Garnish with your favorite taco toppings.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 567mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 20g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.