Zesty Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos, and a Little Edible Magic

Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos

Have you ever thought about just how “magical” cooking really is?

Just consider: cooking is taking a number of items in their unprepared—or raw—state, combining them in unique ways (with healthy sprinklings of love, of course); and then putting them through a process of change that makes them completely different. And if done successfully, what you’ve preapred is utterly delicious.

Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos

As a personal chef and recipe developer, purchasing bags and bags of fresh produce and other culinary items is par for the course; and I’ve more than once marveled at the end of a long day of cooking, when I’m cleaning up the finally-empty countertops and putting dishes away after all of my preparation is complete, how interesting and wonderful a thing it is to see a mountain of “raw” goods get turned into a multitude of pleasurably delicious dishes that get ingested and become valuably nourishing for those eating them.

And if that’s not real, living magic, then I don’t what is.

What got me thinking about this idea of cooking being a sort of “magic show” is a conversation I had recently on one of my weekly trips to the local market for ingredients.

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At this point, most of the employees pretty much know what I do for a living; and every now and then I have the pleasure of going through one particularly friendly and cheerful employee’s checkout line, one who always asks me what’s new with my work and what I’m planning on cooking that week.

Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos

While in her line last time around, I finally asked her if she enjoys cooking—I figured that she must as she’s always so interested in what I do. But I got an unexpected answer: “No, I don’t”.

What she did go on to say, ironically, was that her TV channel is always tuned in to a food or cooking show, and that those are pretty much all she ever watches! She loves watching the cooking process, even though she herself isn’t a fan of cooking.

Interesting. And it’s not the first I’ve heard that, either.

Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos

I realize that not everyone likes to cook. I find that, for the most part, people either really love it, or view it as a chore, or merely as something to “get through”, if they do it at all. But when it comes to being an observer or a spectator to someone else cooking? I’ve yet to find someone who doesn’t thoroughly enjoy that.

Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos

Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos

Somehow, we intuitively must understand that we’re witnessing something magical when we watch a cooking process; we know that we’re seeing something unique occurring that is ultimately good for us, that is filled with love and care. It benefits us both physically and spiritually, and we can’t help ourselves.

We become mesmerized.

Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos

There’s something soothing about watching someone carefully and methodically fill a soft, yellow corn tortilla with shreds of fragrant chili-lime chicken, followed by sprinkles of jack cheese, some delicate cilantro leaves and finally tiny yellow pearls of corn kernels, then rolling it tightly into a slim taquito and placing it into hot oil to sizzle and allow it to crisp on all sides.

It’s a simple yet magical act, one that ends in a finished product that is tantalizing and delightfully belly warming, and it appeals to us all.

And how amazing is that?

Chili-Lime Chicken Taquitos

I think we all understand that the act of cooking is truly a magical act to observe, one with a brilliant edible finale, as opposed to a finale with a disappearing bunny. And that’s a magic show that any of us who, at the very least, find joy in eating, can get excited about.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.

Ingrid




{ 12 comments… add one }

  • WANDA October 23, 2014, 8:24 am

    i love your recipes. thank you so much
    i am making the lemon chicken soup today.

    • The Cozy Apron October 23, 2014, 1:45 pm

      Wanda, that is so very kind of you—thank you! And I hope you are comforted and satiated by the soup! :-)

  • Adam J. Holland November 11, 2014, 5:30 pm

    Discovered you (and this gem of a recipe) through Shea Goldstein’s blog (Dixie Chik Cooks) . Glad I did. Bravo! Or, should I say Muy Bueno!

    • The Cozy Apron November 11, 2014, 6:50 pm

      Hey Adam, so glad you did, too! Thanks so much for stopping by to say “hi”! :-)

  • Tee November 28, 2014, 11:16 am

    I’m so making this for Sunday football.
    Just a question thoough…there is an allergy to avocado in our household; would the dip be just as good without the avocado? or is there a substitution I can make?

    • The Cozy Apron November 28, 2014, 12:08 pm

      Hi Tee, that’s great that you’re making these! I’d just leave the avocado out, and maybe double the sour cream, instead. You still need something creamy and thick, and that’ll work just fine. Hope you enjoy!

  • Shcala December 16, 2014, 12:55 am

    Can you bake these instead? If so, what temp and for how long?

    • The Cozy Apron December 16, 2014, 10:09 pm

      Shcala, I’m sure you can, though they won’t be quite as crispy as if you shallow fry them. And as far as a temp and time, I honestly cannot tell you because I have not yet prepared them in that way as of yet.

  • Jessica December 30, 2014, 6:41 pm

    I just hijacked the iPad that was used as a reference to cooking this recipe. Jessica is cooking me more, because they are absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    Matt

    • The Cozy Apron December 31, 2014, 6:06 am

      Hi Matt, thanks for hijacking the iPad and then commenting, haha! :-) So glad you enjoyed these tasty treats; and hopefully, you gave Jessica a big hug & smooch for cooking up more for you!

  • crystal January 29, 2015, 10:31 am

    can you freeze these once they are cooked and cooled?

  • Debee December 9, 2015, 9:53 pm

    Cannot wait to make, thank you! 😉😁

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