Authentic Montana’s Antojitos Recipe. A Super Bowl Must!

THIS right here is the genuine, authentic recipe for Montana’s famous antojitos.  A Mexican street vendor favourite, antojitos ( which translates literally into snacks ) are the perfect party appetizer. Crispy on the outside, filled with gooey cheese on the inside. 

A woman's hand with red nail polish, picks up a sliced antojito to dip in sour cream from a white plate.

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It was a bit of a “thing” for me to get this recipe so I do hope you’ll make it.

For those of you who haven’t heard the story, there was a certain fella in my extended family whom we referred to as Uncle Shifty. It just suited him. Because he was shifty.

He used to manage a Montana’s restaurant chain where they served  deliciousssss antojitos.    Really good antojitos.

At the time of his employment at the restaurant we didn’t see Uncle Shifty on a regular basis, but when we did he’d sometimes show up with an antojito or two. Once for Christmas he showed up with 30 of the snacks.

Sadly I didn’t have room in my freezer for them so I gave away 5 steaks to free up space. Yes. They’re that good.

Every time I got one of those crispy slices of creamy spiced Mexican perfection I’d scarf it down, throw my hands in the air and scream “done!”, Survivor-style. The drawback to this (aside from looking like a lunatic) was I never took the time to actually look inside one to see what made it taste so good.

So after years … and I mean years of asking Uncle Shifty what was in these chain restaurant antijitos I got the entire recipe. Or more specifically earned the entire recipe. It was a struggle on many levels.

When Uncle Shifty would call the house I’d ask about the antojitos. One phone call with him I might get the first 3 ingredients and then a story about his new car.

The second phone call I might get the oven temperature and a recap of his latest sexual escapade. This went on and on. I heard a lot of things I didn’t need to know in order to get this recipe and now I’d like to share it with you. The recipe that is, not the accompanying stories.  

You do not want those.

An assembly line of ingredients line a marble counter as a woman spreads cream cheese on tortillas.

What are antojitos??

Don’t know what an antojito is? Don’t worry about it. If you like tasty, delicious appetizer treats you’ll like em. You dip them in sour cream!

They’re the ultimate finger food full of diced vegetables, hot sauce, peppers and lots of cheddar and cream cheese.  Best of all you can eat them with one hand while jumping up and down on the couch, while  leaving your other hand available for holding a beer. This is a virtue that comes in handy during Superbowl season.

A tortilla gets slathered with cream cheese first, and then you start piling on the rest of the toppings.

Karen Bertelsen assembles antojitos in her kitchen.

Add finely diced peppers and onions over the cream cheese.


Tortillas topped with brightly coloured diced vegetables and cheddar cheese.

You can never go wrong with a handful of cheddar cheese. Ever.  

A stack of antojitos rolled up like cigars on a marble countertop.

Then it’s just a matter of rolling them up like a cigar and baking them in the oven.


Slices of Antojitos on a round white plate, set on a wood cutting board with a gold bowl filled with sour cream for dipping.

I make a TON of these for every Christmas Eve.  I always fully intend to serve them all but at the last minute throw 3/4’s of them in the freezer for myself when no one is looking. 

They’re that good.  They’re greedy good.

Montana’s Antojitos Recipe


These crispy on the outside, filled with flavour and gooey on the inside antijitos can either be a meal themselves, or a nice side to a Mexican meal.  But what they're BEST for is an appetizer. These antojitos can be preassembled then frozen until you're ready to cook them.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 374kcal


  • 8 large Flour tortillas white crisps up the best but whole wheat if you lean that way
  • 1 package Cream cheese either spreadable, or regular left out to soften a bit
  • 16 Pickled jalapeno peppers diced very fine
  • 2 jalapeno peppers diced very fine
  • 1 red pepper diced very fine
  • 1 red onion diced very, very small
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced very thin
  • 1.5 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch Parsley chopped fine
  • Hot sauce Melinda’s is the actual brand used in the chain, if you can’t find it use Tabasco, or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce


  • Spread tortilla with a layer of cream cheese. Not too little, not too much.
  • Dot with hot sauce. Use a lot of you like things hot, use little if you don't. Using a small icing spatula or knife, spread the hot sauce out over the whole tortilla so it’s even.
  • Systematically top with remaining ingredients. Because you have so many ingredients, you don’t need to load them on. Just a nice amount. Your tortilla should be filled with toppings but not so full they're building up over each other. Go easy on the jalapenos if you don’t like too much heat.
  • Roll the tortilla up like a cigar. A big fat cream cheese filled cigar.
  • Lay seam side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. For extra crispiness brush the antojitos with olive oil before cooking.  
  • Once the antojito is cooked and has cooled slightly, slice on the diagonal into 6 to 8 pieces. Serve with sour cream.  


It’s important to dice all the ingredients very small and evenly so they cook through. If they’re too big they’ll be uncooked and crunchy. You may have some leftover ingredients (red onions and peppers) and may need to dice up some more (pickled jalapenos).


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 128mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 25.6mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 0.8mg

There are things I now know about Uncle Shifty that I can never unknow so please, do me a favour and share this recipe with everyone you know. It will ease my mind to know that what I have endured will have helped at least one person to have a tasty snack.

My mind is even FURTHER eased by the fact that this year? I might not have to share them at all.

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Authentic Montana\'s Antojitos Recipe.  A Super Bowl Must!


  1. Roxanne says:

    Omg! I love your instructions which I find hilarious…. perhaps add a line. ‘Use brain’.

  2. Katie Webb says:

    I just made these and have frozen them raw. I’m sure they’re going to be wonderful but how am I going to pronounce them when my Christmas guests ask what they are? here in the UK we like to pronounce our J’s like J but I’m thinking in Spanish it might be an H? So would they be anto-heee-toes? or antoheee-toes? Or something else?

    • Tayne Peirce says:

      Yes, as an ‘H” :) Merry Christmas! (BTW, I’ll be making these for our family Christmas breakfast – I’m so excited! I can also see myself using quite a few more jalapenos or some other peppers with a bit more zip since we like it spicy!)

  3. Judy Boddy says:

    Fun to make and delish, thanks for the recipe

  4. Nancy says:

    I made this it was great and there is no way you can chop up all that and do it tiny in 30 minutes. Why do you expert recipe makers lie to us novices? They were delicious. When I buy a food processor, I’ll make them again.

  5. Carrie says:

    Years ago an antojito craving brought me to this recipe in this wonderful patch of the web where I’ve enjoyed a whole lot of fun ever since!! Thanks, really, to Uncle Shifty I guess… but I love your hilarious and interesting posts Karen, so I’m glad I had that craving – I neeeeed these again in fact!! Sooo good

  6. Cheverly says:

    These things are the best appetizer/main course/dessert ever. I make them all the time, football schedule be damned. I understand the struggle of listening to Uncle Shifty’s stories, but they were worth every uncomfortable moment (of yours, ha). Thank you!!

  7. Ann G. Wilson says:

    You have just ruined the rest of my life, and have given me the equivalent of a part time job! I did not know about Instagram flower sellers! I peeked a little, but I have to get up and get moving today, so I can’t fully look. And, perhaps I will buy things from them and try to grow stuff from seeds. I have never successfully grown Anything from a seed. I’ll have to review how You do it. There must be a mistake, you have early menopause, right? You are only about forty. But, it is a good thing to blame all your behavior on perimenopause. That can last for years, so it is a good excuse.

  8. Pat says:

    I’m late to the “reply party” but I had to tell you (if you ever see this) that we are making this for the 2nd year for our Super Bowl party! I love them! Just hope the music is better this year!

  9. Lolla says:



    What is in the dip-it looks tasty and if you are using it it must be good! I promised my husband dip with these for the Super Bowl. Im sure it has sour cream-anything else?

    Bless you and your blog!

    • Karen says:

      LOL, hi Lolla! The dip just has a drizzle of regular olive oil on it BUT if you want to add something to the sour cream, find yourself (or make) basil oil and drizzle the top of the sour cream with that. For me, sour cream is the best dip for them because it’s cool, crispness cuts the heat of the antojitos. Just add the basil oil! :) ~ karen!

      • Lolla says:

        Exactly what I needed to know. Thank you! We will be feasting on these along with slow cooker pizza meatballs and onion, mushroom and cheese puff pastry

  10. Aunt Ruthie says:

    Here’s my address, could you overnight a couple dozen of Uncle Shifty’s prize appetizer antojitos please? Thanks I knew I could count on you Karen, you’re a dream.
    Love ya lots,
    Aunt Ruthie.

    211 Bass Drive
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  11. Lynn says:


    We had it for dinner two nights ago, plus some shredded chicken so I could feel good about calling it dinner. Then I made it again for breakfast for myself yesterday. Then took the remaining chopped ingredients with some extra goop and made a stir fry out of it for lunch. Not much of it left for lunch today, but I’m looking forward to it!

    Thank you for your self-sacrifice in bringing us this treasure!

  12. Christal says:

    Ok, am I completely crazy or did you post this recipe like at least 5 years ago?

    If not, I’m having the strangest deja vu ever…

    • Karen says:

      8 years ago! I redid all the photos because it was one of the first posts I ever wrote and the photos were dismal, lol! I also rewrote some of it and entered the recipe into a printable version etc. etc. Updated it all to make it better basically. :) ~ karen!

  13. Robyn says:

    I have made these following your recipe and they are addictive! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Linda C Johnston says:

    Hi Karen. I am not one to comment, maybe I should be. However, you need to know how much I enjoy you, your blog, your sense of humor (like mine) , the stories (God bless Uncle Shifty) and now this!!! I will probably eat these things till I founder on them! :) Keep on being a continual amusement, source of humor and joy!

  15. Sabina says:

    Well, I know what I’m making for the next hippie night soiree!

    PS – you forgot about Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – best Super Bowl halftime ever, in my humble opinion…

  16. Kim says:

    If you freeze them, do you thaw them before baking? If you bake them frozen, do you adjust the time and/or temperature? Thanks!

  17. Mike says:

    Thanks to Uncle Shifty for sharing. This is my kind of food.

  18. Idaho Girl says:

    And this is why I follow you… I’d never heard of Montana’s restaurant or Antojitos. Thanks to you, I’m a little smarter (and possibly a little fatter after I try these) today.

  19. Lee Ann says:

    Thanks for all you endured to get this recipe, Karen! My husband loves ANY food with jalapeño and Frank’s Hot sauce in it so I cannot wait to try out this recipe Super Bowl or no Super Bowl. I’m a newbie here and I love love love your blog. You always make me smile.

  20. Noelle says:

    I’ve been too lazy to try my grain free tortilla recipe. I think this will be a perfect test run for it!

  21. Bruce Cisco says:

    Love your comments about Uncle Shifty. I plan on heading to the grocery this evening to try your recipe with the assistance of my daughter. Sounds fun and delish. Although, I won’t be eating them while watching the Superbowl this year as i am a Saints fan. :-(

  22. Marilyn Meagher says:

    These are the bomb. I LOVE them.

    • Karen says:

      I always like to have a few rolled up in the freezer! ~ karen

      • cathy says:

        When you freeze them do you thaw to room temperature or can you bake them frozen? Have you sliced them and then baked them?

        • Karen says:

          Hi Cathy. You can bake from frozen, it just takes a lot longer. I usually pull them out and defrost them first. I don’t slice them prior because the would dry out considerably. ~ karen!

  23. Sam says:

    I too have worked at the aforementioned chain and honestly couldn’t stand making them, but loved to eat them. I actually like to make it as a dip, mixing all the ingredient, placing in the oven and eating with tortilla chips. I would say though, add some bread crumbs to the mix, it helps to absorb the oils released from the cheese!

  24. Darrin says:

    Hey there, for those who love these tasty buggers but can’t take the heat, my wife makes a version that leaves out the hot sauce and the jalapeños, and she mixes the cream cheese with mashed potatoes. It makes a nice filling and also uses up leftover taters. Personally, I like the hot stuff, but with the hot flashes she says she doesn’t need it. Enjoy;

  25. Patrick says:

    Great recipe. Great tips. You are hilarious.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Patrick. It is a pretty good recipe isn’t it. In fact … I have a couple in the freezer right now and no plans for dinner. I wasn’t inviting you to dinner. I was just realizing I could have antojitos tonight. ;) ~ karen!

  26. Joan says:

    If I’m taking antijitos to a party do I slice them first and then cook them ? Or do I have to cook them rolled ? I’m ecstatic to have this recipe and just want to know the best way to bring them to the party

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joan, you cook the antijitos as a whole roll. Then once they’ve cooled a bit you slice them. If I were taking them to a party I’d cook them, let them cool a tiny bit so they don’t smush when you slice them. Then I’d slice them, wrap them in tin foil and bring them to the party like that. ~ karen!

  27. dave says:

    my wife worked at montana’s and i copied the ingredients off the menu and have made them a bunch of times and everyone has raved about these appetisers they are easy to make and delicious and i mix all ingredients in a large bowl then scoop onto tortilla and roll its easier enjoy!

  28. Sandra says:

    My daughter also worked at the restaurant that makes these. The recipe is very similar but all the veggies are put right into the cream cheese. Here it is (and it makes a LOT):


    2 lbs cream cheese
    4 oz diced red pepper
    4 oz minced jalapeno peppers
    2 oz chopped green onion
    ½ oz finely chopped fresh parsley
    4 oz bread crumbs
    2 fl oz hot sauce
    pinch of salt and pepper
    10 large tortilla shells
    10 oz shredded cheddar cheese

    Set the oven to 375 F. Heat the cream cheese in the microwave until soft, making sure it doesn’t burn or “cook”. Mix all ingredients after the cream cheese is soft except for the cheddar cheese. Put 3 oz of the mix onto a tortilla shell and spread evenly over the shell to half an inch of the edge. Add 1 oz shredded cheese over the mixture and roll. Make even cuts about half way through the shell and coat with a bit of butter to brown. Put in the oven for approx. 10 or until golden brown. Take the antojito’s out of the oven and slice through the cuts completely. Serve with sour cream and a dollop of basil pesto.

  29. Ryan says:

    Unbelievable! My 9-year old son and I first tasted antojitos at a popular local restaurant in Brockville, Ontario. While at a grocery store this afternoon, we thought we would take a crack at making some for ourselves and Google led us to this great recipe on my phone. These antojitoa will be a staple for us for quite some time. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Amy says:

    I’m about to make these for our annual Superbowl party. But a friend who lives 45 minutes away is hosting this year. So, do these travel well? Do I need to reheat when I get there? Is it better to cook them here instead?

    • Karen says:

      Amy – You can do either. You can cook them first and reheat them there in a very hot oven, or you can wait and cook them there if your friend has oven space to devote to them. Just roll them all up and put them close together in a Tupperware container or Ziploc baggie so they don’t unroll. To make sure they get crisp, brush a little vegetable or olive oil on them before you put them in the oven. Have fun! ~ karen

      • Amy says:

        Wow, Karen, that was fast reply! You responded in the time it took me to make my grocery store run. Thank you! I’m sure these will be a big hit!

  31. Kristen says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! My boyfriend and I LOVE anti jilts and I have been looking for the perfect antijito recipe for years!! Trying this one this second! Although I don’t have fresh jalapeños so I guess that little detail will have to wait for the next batch!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristen – I think you’re gonna like em. :) You can brush them with olive oil before cooking to help them crisp up a bit. ~ karen!

  32. Justine says:

    You have no idea how freaking excited my husband is that I have this recipe now. But now I wish I’d kept it a secret and just made these sometime. Ah well. Either way you made a good man very happy.

    • Karen says:

      Justine – Excellent. Good men should be kept happy. But yes, I only make them as a treat. I also tend to make a whole whack of them (20 or so) and freeze them so I can just pull em out. Glad you like the copycat recipe! Well, not copycat so much as the exact recipe. :) ~ karen

    • Nancy Ann Page says:

      A good man is hard to find. (Roll of the dice, it’s said.) I thought mine was good, but I was really wrong. On the plus side, I get all of the antijitos.

  33. Susan says:

    The recipe sounds decadent and perfect for a six pack of Dos Equis. One question: “…these suckers freezer perfectly.” Is freezer a verb in Canada??

  34. Vanessa says:

    I also used to work at the previously mentioned chain restaurant, and these things were surely my favourite!! Hot, cold, or stale, I would eat them every chance I got. You have no idea how excited I was when I stumbled across this recipe!! My husband just adores them and requests them on a more than regular basis!! Thanks so much!

    PS. For a less spicy but utterly tasty alternative. Try using bacon, spinach and roasted tomatoes. Delish!

  35. bluephatmom says:

    One week ago I discovered this blog. And now I have read every post. So NOW I can decorate the house and bake my Christmas cookies. If there were more posts, Christmas would just have to wait.

    • Karen says:

      Well! I’m glad I didn’t have anymore posts then. They will start up again on Monday though so you’d better get baking. And decorating. ~ karen

  36. Chels T says:

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! I love these.. i am going to make them for a small party in a few days!

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! I know. They’re GREAT. :) I just found my one and final antojito in the freezer tonight. Must make another batch. They freeze absolutely perfectly!! ~ karen

  37. rp says:

    THANK YOU!! I’ve been searching for the recipe for these forever.
    I just found your blog today (silly me) and I love it :)

  38. Langela says:

    Karen, these are awesome! We did not use the fresh jalapenos, but used a pepper that was a little milder. I didn’t want to hear those pesky kids whine about how their mouths were on fire and they were going to die and all that. These will definitely be on our regular menu! Thanks for telling me about them.

    • Karen says:

      I’m happy you liked the antojitos! It’s hard ’cause it isn’t an actual recipe so much as a “pinch of this, a pinch of that”. Glad it worked out for you.

      • Langela says:

        That’s the way all my recipes are. Even if there is an actual recipe to follow, I add a pinch of this and that according to our likes. It makes it hard when someone wants a recipe of mine because it never is done the same way twice and so much is, “it needs a little more of this…” I just know when it tastes right. Thanks again.

  39. it’s me again.. can you use raw jalapenos?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Drops of Jupiter! You’re right. There’s not a single thing about this recipe that sucks. Except for the stories I had to listen to while acquiring it.

      Yes, the recipe actually calls for both pickled and raw, fresh jalapenos! Add as many as you want! And something I think I forgot to post is the fact that these suckers freezer perfectly! Just make them all up and wrap them in tin foil or Saran Wrap. It’s a bit of a “thing” to make them with all the dicing and chopping so it’s good to be able to have a few ready to go in the freezer. Just thaw, and cook as indicated. HOLY CRAP they’re good. I’d forgotten about them. :)

  40. there is just NO way you can go wrong with that recipe.I want that antojito NOW!

  41. Uncle Shifty says:

    I get it. You only love me for my antojitos.

    • Never Any Mail says:

      As a former Manager of Montana’s Cookhouse myself, I must inform you that the steps in your recipe are incorrect.
      The cream cheese is to be softened to a smooth texture over a double boiler. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Mix in chopped red pepper ( save some red pepper to sprinkle on tortillas later), jalapeno, red onion, hot sauce, parsley and seasoning salt.
      Spread the mixture evenly over tortilla. Sprinkle approx 1 oz of red pepper and 1oz shredded marble cheddar over tortilla.
      Roll tortilla. Score diagonally 6-8 times.
      Brush with garlic butter.
      Bake at 375 F for 12-14 minutes

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