Designed to imitate the Taquito, Takis (formerly known as Taquis before being changed in 2004) are a delicious tortilla chip snack, rolled up, deep fried and coated in intense spicy flavors.
If you’re obsessed with their taste but wondering how to incorporate that awesomeness into other meals, look no further.
We’ve got TWENTY FIVE different recipes for you would-be cooks to try out, each completed perfectly by one of America’s favorite snack foods.
Before I get started, a quick disclaimer: It seems that quite a few of the aspiring chefs whose recipes I have featured prefer to use a different brand of chips to these Mexican delights, but naturally, you can swap their choice out for Takis and have just the same delicious end result.
1. Takis Fuego Fried Chicken
Opting to use the extra-fiery flavor of Takis that might leave your mouth on fire, this epic recipe from Instructables will transform your next fried chicken night.
Escape the fear of bland, unseasoned meat and enjoy this absolute taste sensation!
2. Takis Topped Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos
If those hot peppers stuffed with delicious cream cheese isn’t a special enough or spicy enough snack for you, consider this recipe which incorporates Takis into the mix.
Bringing additional heat and a well-needed crunch, it’s a match made in heaven.
3. Takis Mozzarella Sticks
Some days, you might find yourself wondering: how can you improve on the perfection that is deep fried cheese.
Crispy on the outside, gooey in the middle and dangerous if you’re lactose intolerant, it seems there is one way to outdo yourself. Cover them in Taki dust of course!
4. Takis Chicken Tenders
Pairing juicy, tender chicken breasts with a crispy, crunchy coating made up of crushed Takis amongst other seasonings and spices makes for a flavorful experience that more than rivals the Colonel’s secret recipe.
Don’t believe us? Give it a try!
5. Takis Party Mix
Next time you’re having a get together, or even if you just want a tasty bowl of snacks to accompany a movie night or watching the big game, this bowl of Party Mix that involves dusting just about everything with Takis is sure to please you and anybody joining.
6. Takis Sauce
This recipe does not incorporate Takis, but rather it makes for an incredible dipping sauce that is reminiscent of their sexy, spicy flavors.
For the ultimate, head-exploding combination you could dip Takis in it, though your stomach might end up paying the price for such a powerful duo.
7. Takis Corn on the Cob
Completely transform your next barbecue by taking an average side (sorry corn lovers, it has to be said) and adding a completely new element.
Even the fussiest kids will be eating their veggies if you bust out this bad boy at the next cookout!
8. Takis Burrito
Takis and burritos: two Mexican classics that are now beloved the world over. The only way you could possibly enjoy either separate dish anymore is by combining them together for the ultimate treat.
Sometimes your burrito can feel a little repetitive, with all the ingredients becoming one soft mush: not this time.
9. Takis Microwave Ramen
Even if you’re no longer in a dorm room or a college student, this dish will take you right back to your university days, as well as showing you how much better you could have been eating if the internet had been full of such weird and wonderful recipes back then.
10. Takis Stuffed Pickles
Another American pastime is eating pickles straight from the jar, which to many is a truly impeccable snack right on its own.
Next time you go to reach straight into the brine and get straight to chomping, consider whipping up some of these bad boys instead.
11. Takis Fried Jalapeno Poppers
Some of the best and most inventive food there is has been born from pairing cuisines up, like the Tex-Mex classic that is Jalapeno Poppers.
But how about you level those up significantly by coating them in Takis before you drop them in the fryer? Go on, just do it.
12. Real Healthy Takis
Now, this is a curveball, but hear me out: if you’ve found yourself eating way too many packets of Takis lately you could enjoy their flavor without feeling the effects on your stomach by giving these homemade imitators a go.
Of course, nothing beats the original, but it beats going cold turkey right?
13. Vegan Takis Fried Chick’n Sandwich
This one is for anybody in the plant-based crowd reading!
Not all vegan food has to be sad and beige: take this fried “chicken” sandwich for instance, which makes use of the incredible Takis flavor to bring you one of the most delicious meals you’ve had for a while.
No bland fake meats here.
14. Takis Crazy Cucumbers
Another way to enjoy the flavors of your favorite chips in a slightly healthy way, this is another great dish to make up a big batch of for a party, and a super sneaky method of getting something healthy into any kids in attendance who happen to be fussy.
15. Takis Breakfast Tacos
Oh yes, you can incorporate Takis into your breakfast as well! These breakfast tacos are just the delicious tip of the iceberg and certainly make for an excellent way to wake up and start your morning!
16. Takis FuEGGos
Another breakfast option, but also a great dinner too, you can take a “boring” plate of eggs and turn them into something spicy and extravagant.
Definitely one to bookmark in the back of your brain for the morning after a hot date.
17. Takis Cheese Fries
Not that it’s possible to get sick of cheese fries – the combination of potato and any kind of ooey gooey goodness is one that’s been around for generations – but there’s no reason you can’t mix things up a little bit and try something new.
18. Takis Mac and Cheese
Some say it’s impossible to improve on perfection: I say, have you considered making yourself some Takis mac and cheese?
The crispy, crunchy coating they create completely transforms the dish in a way you won’t be expecting.
19. Takis Grilled Cheese
An American diner classic, brought to life with just a sprinkling of crushed Takis dust. Not only does it taste amazing, but it would still pair perfectly with a bowl of tomato soup.
This is definitely a winter warmer that you and the whole family will want to enjoy all year round!
20. Takis Covered French Fries
Forget chilli cheese fries. Those make your crunchy, golden potatoes go all soggy and sad. Now you can get the spicy, crispy fries of your dreams, simply by substituting one Mexican classic for another.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have it all!
21. DIY Giant Takis
Has the idea of eating a Taki the size of your forearm ever crossed your mind? No? Why not?! Satisfy all of your cravings with just a single chip, and be telling the truth when you say you “only had one” so you “couldn’t possibly have spoiled your dinner.” It’s the perfect crime!
22. Takis Hot Dogs
A backyard barbecue classic transformed! The soft white bun, meaty hot dog and caramelised onions of your youth taste just as phenomenal as you remember, but even better when you throw some Takis into the mix.
Because of course they do! You could probably do without the ketchup and mustard though.
23. Takis Onion Rings
Onion rings are one of life’s simplest pleasures and a beloved bar snack around the world. Deep fried, battered vegetables are, surprise surprise, preferable to the boiled up green ones, made even better with Takis!
24. Takis Devilled Eggs
Sure, this sounds a bit gross at first, but hear me out and go with it. If you’ve wanted to like this strange way of serving up eggs but can’t get into them, combining the recipe with your favorite chip could be the way forward.
25. Takis Chicken Bites
Takis. Chicken nuggets. Need I say more? You know what you must do now.