Everyone loves Taco Tuesday right? What about Flauta Friday? Oh, that’s not a thing? Well it will be! Once you make these flautas, you are never going to want a boring old taco again!
Loaded with ground beef and ooey gooey melty cheese then served with the creamiest cilantro avocado sauce ever, your family will be begging for Flauta Friday all week long!
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What is a flauta?
A cousin to the ever popular taquito, the flauta is typically made with a large flour tortilla that’s rolled around a meat and cheese filling and fried until crispy. While the taquito is typically made the same way but with a smaller corn tortilla.
It is literally a toss up which one of these portable taco dinners I love the most. If you need more options for Taco Tuesday, be sure to check out my baked Pork & Poblano Taquitos too!
How do I make fried ground beef flautas?
These flautas are super simple to make! Saute onion and garlic, brown ground beef, add a few of my favorite spices and melty Mexican cheese. Roll up the filling in a fluffy flour tortilla and shallow fry the flautas in oil.
Then serve them with the easiest, creamiest cilantro lime avocado dipping sauce ever!
What is shallow frying?
Basically, you’re going to fry these flautas in a shallow amount of oil – meaning the oil will not fill the saute pan entirely. As opposed to deep frying where you’d use more oil and the food would be completely submerged.
Shallow frying in this case (and placing the flautas seam side down in the pan) helps them hold together and prevents them from unrolling. If you were to deep fry them in more oil, they would unroll quickly and the filling would spill out.
Additionally, if you find that your filling isn’t stay in place, secure the flautas with two horizontal toothpicks to prevent them from unrolling.
What should I serve with flautas?
Flautas are great served with your favorite Mexican side dishes – rice, beans, grilled corn, salsa, a light salad – the possibilities are endless!
I also love to serve these flautas as an appetizer when we have guests over. When doing that, I like to use the smaller fajita size or street taco size flour tortillas so they are more portable and hand held.Print
All your favorite Mexican flavors wrapped up and fried to a golden crisp, garnished with creamy, smooth cilantro avocado sauce. Simple ingredients, easy prep and a delicious meal are waiting for you in this recipe!
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 small white onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon diced chiles in adobo
- splash of water
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 8 oz. shredded chihuahua (cheddar or mozzarella work too) cheese
- 8 taco size soft flour tortillas
- vegetable oil for frying
Cilantro Avocado Sauce:
- 2 avocados, pitted and diced
- juice of 2 limes
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- splash of water
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes. Add onion and cook for another minute or so, stirring frequently. Add ground beef and brown, crumbling it with a spatula. Once beef is cooked through, add cumin, chiles in adobo and a splash of water. Stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- While your filling is cooking, heat a large pot over medium heat with about a 1/4-1/2 inch vegetable oil in it. You want the oil about halfway up the sides of the flauta so there is enough to fry the flautas, but not so much that they are floating in the oil as this will cause them to unravel. You will know the oil is ready when you sprinkle a drop of water into the oil and it sizzles.
- Assemble your flautas by spreading a 1/4 cup of the meat mixture in a line down the middle of the each tortilla. Top the meat mixture with a 1/4 cup of shredded cheese. Roll the tortilla tightly around the filling. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
- Fry flautas in batches of 3-4 depending on how wide your pot is. Fry them on each side for 1-2 minutes or until the outside is dark golden brown and crispy. If your flautas are cooking too quickly, turn the heat down a bit.
- For the sauce: combine all sauce ingredients in a food processor and process until it forms a smooth, creamy consistency. Transfer to serving dish and serve with freshly fried flautas!
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