Double Your Dinner Challenge: Chicken & Cheese Taquitos

By Polly Conner
January 31, 2021

Here’s the concept: Cook once, eat twice. In our “Double Your Dinner Challenge”, you will make one meal fresh to enjoy for dinner that night and then use our pro tips to freeze the second meal for later. We give you everything you need to get dinner on the table in half the time!

We’ve partnered with our favorite grocery store, Hy-Vee Columbia, to bring you this amazing content for free! We’re so grateful they’ve teamed up with us to help you get dinner on the table. Three cheers for The Hive, as our family calls it!

Why Double Your Dinner?

We know you’re busy. No matter the stage of life you are in, getting dinner on the table EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. is a huge challenge.

Meal prep kits are expensive. Eating out is unhealthy (and even more expensive). And cooking at home every night is time-consuming. Not to mention you are likely very tired at the end of the day!

This is why we created the “Double Your Dinner Challenge”. Our goal is this: Help you get a healthy and delicious dinner on the table! We’ll challenge you each month to double one of our most popular recipes, which is Chicken and Cheese Taquitos this time around. YUM!! Eat one the night you make it and freeze one for later.

We’ve both used freezer cooking in this simple way for years and, let me tell ya, it’s a game changer! To make it an absolute no-brainer for you, we’ve created a short and sweet printable with everything you need for the challenge this month.

Here is what you’ll find in the FREE “Double Your Dinner Challenge” printable:

  • One of our most popular recipes (that you will double)
  • Shopping list (+ an optional Hy-Vee Aisles Online cart pre-filled with the ingredients!)
  • Step-by-step instructions for how to prep one fresh and prep one for the freezer
  • Gluten-free & dairy-free alternatives
  • Printable freezer labels
  • Pro tips we’ve learned in our decades of freezer cooking experience

Get this, we even took it a step further and made a short video of this Double Your Dinner Challenge! Take a look to see just how easy doubling your dinner–Chicken and Cheese Taquitos–can be…

Download the “Double Your Dinner Challenge”


Make Shopping for this Recipe Even Easier

If you have a Hy-Vee in your area, you are in luck! We have partnered with them to get your cart started for this challenge! All you have to do is click below and you will be sent over to a pre-filled shopping cart with the main ingredients you’ll need for this month’s Double and Freeze Challenge–Chicken and Cheese Taquitos.

Important Disclaimer: We couldn’t pre-fill the quantities, so refer to your shopping list to make sure you get the right amount of each ingredient!!

Why Chicken and Cheese Taquitos?

If you want a simple meal that goes directly from freezer to table in no time, this is it! Lean shredded chicken is turned into a creamy mixture with a hint of heat, then wrapped tightly in a tortilla and baked until crispy. Very little work for a tasty, family-friendly meal! The chicken can be cooked in the slow cooker OR the Instant pot. Then, get this: The taquitos (once assembled) can be cooked straight from frozen!

shredded cheese being sprinkled into tortillas with shredded chicken

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Substitutions

For Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free tortillas (not corn tortillas) and buy a gluten-free taco seasoning (or make your own). Make sure your chicken broth is labeled gluten-free, too.

For Dairy-Free: Replace the cream cheese with a good vegan cream cheese (recommend: Kite Hill brand). Either omit the cheddar cheese or use a dairy-free cheese like Daiya brand. We’ve also found that adding in some guacamole when serving helps replace the richness of the cheese.

Chicken and Cheese Taquitos are rolled up and lined up on parchment paper.

What Readers Are Saying About Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

Amazing! It’s so simple, yet it tasted complex and layered. This was a massive hit in my house! I’m glad I made a pile of them to freeze. This will definitely become a staple meal for us. 


Made these for the first time yesterday, and they came out PERFECT! Very simple and very tasty! I also made the Creamy Avocado Dip, and it was a perfect combo.


So yummy, I have made them twice now, going to make a bunch and freeze for when my kids/grandkids are home. I put them in foil and put on the grill on low, then take them out of foil and put them on grill grates for a few minutes until browned and crunchy. So good.


Download the Double Your Dinner Challenge and Try this Recipe Today!

P.S. Love this idea? Be sure to try out all of our Double Your Dinner Challenges here!

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