Making these authentic cheese antojitos is one of my favorite things to do when we are craving real Mexican food. There is nothing more comforting than a warm tortilla stuffed with perfectly seasoned cheeses. These are ideal next to any grilled meat or served alone with your favorite salsa and salads.
Authentic Cheese Antojitos Recipe
Antojitos is a term used to describe a savory snack most often found on food trucks in Mexico. While this is one method of preparing antojitos, tamales, street tacos, sopes, and elote are all classic items that are often referred to as antojitos. These are simply amazing little snacks to tide you over until your next meal.
This cheese antojitos recipe is a simple option that I like to use as an appetizer or a small lunch. While not as amazing as what you can find on a street cart, it is definitely a favorite that brings amazing cheesy goodness with classic spices. I love to serve these along with this recipe for cheesy sriracha chicken quesadillas as easy appetizers at parties or on game day.
Can I Add Meat to the Antojitos Recipe?
Of course, you can easily add shredded meat or even beans to the antojitos. I’ve added peppers and onions to the cheese mixture in mine, but you can readily add any protein you want. Shredded chicken, shredded beef, shrimp, or even beans can all be added to your antojitos for extra protein or flavor.
You could definitely use the beef recipe from my spicy beef tacos recipe to mix into this recipe for added flavor. I love how easy it is to make and that the beef pairs so well with this cheese mixture.
Can These be Made with Corn Tortillas?
Traditionally, antojitos, as most truly authentic Mexican dishes, are made with corn tortillas. In fact, I much prefer the corn tortilla over the flour, but in this instance, flour was the choice. Flour tortillas do tend to hold up better for larger amounts of fillings, and especially for a wet filling like this one.
If you want to use homemade or purchased thick corn tortillas instead of these cheese antojitos, do so. They will turn out just as delicious, if not better. The baking portion of the recipe will add a bit of toastiness to the corn of the tortillas that only adds to the deliciousness of the recipe.
What are the Best Dipping Sauces for Antojitos?
For this recipe, I have used sour cream as a dipping sauce along with some oil and herbs. My favorite, however, is my homemade guacamole dip. It is fresh, light, and adds just the texture and flavor to this recipe you need. Another great option is this jalapeno dip. It’s loaded with creamy flavor and that hint of spice is ideal against the mild cheeses in the antojitos.
- Cream cheese
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Red onion
- Bell pepper
- Sour cream
- Garlic powder
- Red chili flakes
How to Make Cheese Antojitos Recipe
- For this recipe, you will begin by preheating your oven to 180ºC or 350ºF.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper and setting aside.
- In a medium bowl, you will combine your cream cheese, shredded cheddar, onion, bell pepper, and sour cream. Add in the spices and season with a bit of additional salt to taste.
- Spread the cheese mixture over the tortillas in an even layer, and then roll each tortilla tightly.
- Next, you will cut the tortilla into 4-5 pieces at a 45º angle.
- Place each piece of tortilla onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes and then switch to broil for the last 5 minutes of cook time.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.
Printable Step by Step Recipe:
- 6 medium flour tortillas
- 6oz (180g) cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
- Combine the cream cheese with shredded sharp cheddar cheese, red onion, bell pepper, sour cream, paprika, garlic powder, and red chili flakes. Then season with some salt to taste.
- Spread the cheese mixture over the tortillas evenly, roll each tortilla tightly and cut into 4-5 pieces at a 45-degree angle.
- Place each piece on top of the parchment-covered baking sheet, then bake for 8 minutes. Switch onto the broil setting and cook for 5 minutes more.
Feel free to add meat, veggies, or even different cheeses to add more flavor to your antojitos.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 310mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g