Review: Trader Joe’s Chicken Taquitos - Celiac Disease
Jan 23 2012

Review: Trader Joe’s Chicken Taquitos

Mexican food is always a hit in our house.  Jon insists on tacos at least once a week and he frequents Chipotle thanks to some gift cards he received for Christmas.  When I saw the chicken taquitos made by Trader Joe’s were on the gluten-free list, I made a mental note to pick them up the next time I went in to shop.


The chicken taquitos come 10 to a pack, with 1 taquito = 1 serving.  Don’t tell Jon that, I believe his current serving size is 4.  I believe that they intended these to be more of a snack or appetizer, but Jon calls them “dinner”.  I like how fast they were to prepare.  Preheat the oven to 425 and then bake for 15-20 minutes.  They can also be prepared by pan frying or microwaving, but I don’t know how crisp they would stay if you heated them up in the mircowave.  I flipped these over the best that I could about half way through the baking time, but it can be a little difficult to keep a round taquito from rolling.

Ingredients: chicken (chicken, water, flavoring, chicken base [chicken meat in natural chicken juices, salt, sugar, corn syrup solids, chicken fat, flavoring, autolyzed yeast extract, tumeric], chicken fat, spices, sodium phosphate), tortilla (corn, water, lime), soybean oil, modified food starch.

These chicken taquitos smelled amazing while baking.  Even though I had just eaten dinner when I was preparing them for Jon when he got  home from hockey, I was considering heating up another for myself.  I did manage to sneak half of his and I was very impressed with the flavors & texture.  The only compliant I have is that about a half inch on each end is without filling, so it is a little bland, but this can easily be remedied by stuffing salsa, avocado or sour cream in it for extra flavor.  Jon fell in love with them and reminded me to pick him up a pack each time I go to Trader Joe’s.

Along with the chicken taquitos, the black bean taquitos are also on Trader Joe’s “no gluten” list.  If you ever have questions about a product or it doesn’t have the “g” symbol on it, an employee should be able to get you a “no gluten” list or address your questions right there in the store.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s chicken or black bean taquitos?  What did you think?

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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Donna says:

    Thank you for informing me, as a celiac, of all the food available for purchase that is gluten free – especially Trader Joe’s. I do get tired of constantly cooking and like some “fast food” when the wheat eaters are having theirs. It makes me feel normal in a crowd.

  2. Alison says:

    My son was recently diagnosed with celiac and I have been living at Trader Joes ever since. The last time I was there, the clerk made a comment about how much gluten-free stuff I was buying and the manager overheard and came over to see what I was buying, asked if I found everything I needed and made additional suggestions. And someone, probably the manager, tucked their gluten-free, multi-page document into one of my bags so I could read it at home. Love that place!

  3. Jillian says:

    Try putting some Mexican shredded cheese on top the last minute or so in the oven and serve them on top of refried beans. Yum!

  4. Marlene Tonkin says:

    You always mention trader joes but there isn’t a trader joes in South Florida. I love your blogs they are so helpful and I am always trying new things that you mention in them. I saw Bold pizzas and also Udi’s new pizzas not a fan oth theirs but I may give it a try. I did try the RP’s pasta because I was able to get some in Michigan when I was there. I loved it. They are not available here. I also love Caesar’s stuffed shells but our Whole Foods discontinued them whey not sure they were reasonably priced and were selling well. It seems that everytime I find something I like they disappear from the shelf. Its amazing that there are so many new GF things available these days. It makes life easier. thanks again for your blogs and info

    • Marlene,

      It is frustrating to find something you like so much only to have it disappear. Have you tried speaking with the store managers? I find that if they know that a product is missed, they may try to bring it back or special order it in if they are able to.

      Thanks for reading.


  5. Greg S says:

    I agree completely, the chicken taquito is so good, I’d #$%@ it! Unfortunately, the beef taquito contains wheat.

    Why does a beef taquito have to contain wheat?!

  6. Texas Nance says:

    Kudos to Kyle Eslick for this very helpful and informative review. Because Trader Joe’s is really not great for gluten-free items, I was able to purchase the chicken and black bean & cheese taquitos to serve to my neighbors at National Night Out last night. I was able to enjoy them, too, with my famous New Mexican chile con queso. Thanks for the review, Kyle.

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