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!
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.
Why I love these simple Ground Beef Flautas:
- They’re an easy alternative to tacos. Everyone loves taco night at our house, but honestly it gets a little boring after a while. I like to do flautas, taquitos or tostadas every now and then to keep things interesting.
- They take 30 minutes to make. From start to finish, you’ll have dinner on the table in less than a half hour, which means these flautas are do-able on a busy weeknight.
- They’re simple enough that your kids can help! Obviously you’ll have to saute the meat and do the shallow frying, but the kids can help peel the onion and garlic, add the cheese and roll up the flautas. Getting them involved in the process of making dinner means they’re more likely to actually eat the dinner!
Tips for making the best flautas:
- Don’t overfill the flautas. 1/2 cup of filling (including meat and cheese) is the sweet spot for stuffing the taco size flour tortillas. Anything more and they won’t cook evenly in the shallow amount of oil.
- Don’t use too much oil. Be sure to fill your pan with 1/4-1/2 inch of oil. This will allow the flautas to rest gently on the bottom of the pan while they fry, ensuring that they won’t come unraveled. If you have too much oil in the pan it will bounce your flautas all around and the will unroll, spilling the filling into the oil.
- Don’t skip the creamy avocado sauce. This sauce is too good to miss guys. And it’s SO easy. Just throw the sauce ingredients in a food processor and you’re done!
Other Mexican favorites you will love:
- Beer Braised Pork Carnitas
- Chicken Tostadas
- Sheet Pan Quesadillas
- Shredded Beef Enchiladas
- Shredded Chicken Tacos
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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 garlic 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 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.
- Serve flautas with creamy cilantro sauce, pico de gallo and sour cream!
Don’t overfill the flautas. 1/2 cup of filling (including meat and cheese) is the sweet spot for stuffing the taco size flour tortillas. Anything more and they won’t cook evenly in the shallow amount of oil.
Don’t use too much oil. Be sure to fill your pan with 1/4-1/2 inch of oil. This will allow the flautas to rest gently on the bottom of the pan while they fry, ensuring that they won’t come unraveled. If you have too much oil in the pan it will bounce your flautas all around and the will unroll, spilling the filling into the oil.
Don’t skip the creamy avocado sauce. This sauce is too good to miss guys. And it’s SO easy. Just throw the sauce ingredients in a food processor and you’re done!
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