Flautas

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Tortillas filled with meat and cheese and fried to perfection! Crispy, flavorful flautas are a delicious dinner for everyone!

Flautas are a rolled taco (aka taquito), and a recipe we love to make for dinner or as an appetizer. For Mexican fiestas, we also love to serve them with quesadillas and mini chimis.

Beef flautas topped with guacamole and fresh tomatoes on a white plate

What is a flauta?

A flauta is a tortilla that is filled with meat or poultry, cheese, and other fillings. Then it’s fried in a little bit of oil over the stove! It’s perfect to serve as an appetizer, lunch, or dinner dish! It can be filled with any fillings you prefer but this recipe calls for shredded beef.

It’s SO good. This recipe hits it out of the park with anyone who tries it. The crunch from the fried tortilla and the creamy melted cheese mixed in with the beef is just SO YUMMY! I could eat 10 of these flautas if I’m not careful. These don’t last long around my family.

Feel free to switch up the ingredients and add shredded chicken or pulled pork instead of beef, or use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas. You could even use different cheeses or toppings—the possibilities are endless!

Shredded beef in a white bowl

How to Make Flautas

FILLING. You’ll need about 2 cups of shredded beef and 1 cup of shredded cheese for this recipe. This is the perfect time to use up the leftover pot roast (or shredded chicken) you made the other day! Have about 12 corn tortillas on hand too.

Start by heating up the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the shredded beef, cheese, salt & pepper to a bowl and mix everything together.

TORTILLAS. Before preparing the flautas, heat up the tortillas in the microwave, covered with a damp paper towel, for about 20 seconds. This will prevent them from cracking or tearing when you roll them up.

FRY. Add the meat mixture to heated tortillas and roll. Use tongs to hold each flauta and place in oil, seam side down and hold there for a few seconds. Fry the flautas until golden on all sides and repeat until meat is gone. Place each flauta on a paper-towel lined plate.

Cover with foil to keep them warm until ready to serve.

Flautas being fried in a frying pan with a little bit of oil

Tips, Tricks + Storing

Can you make them ahead? Flautas are definitely best served warm. I suggest making these right before you’re ready to serve them. Keep them covered with foil until ready to serve and eat.

Storing: Store your leftover flautas wrapped in foil and in an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge for a few days. You can heat them up in the microwave or over thee stove for a few minutes. You could even heat them up in the oven on low heat.

Serve flautas with all your favorite Mexican toppings!

Here are some of our favorites:

Flautas with fresh guacamole and diced tomatoes on a plate

Wondering what to serve with flautas?

Here are some of our favorite sides to go with them:

Flautas Recipe

5 from 12 votes

Tortillas filled with meat and cheese and fried to perfection! Crispy, flavorful flautas are a delicious dinner for everyone!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 flautas
Calories 172 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1/2 - 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups shredded beef
  • 1 cup cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan on medium heat.

  2. Add shredded beef, cheese, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well.

  3. Add meat mixture to heated tortillas and roll. Use tongs to hold flauta and place in oil, seam side down and hold there for a few seconds.

  4. Fry until golden on all sides and repeat until meat is gone.

  5. Place on paper-towel lined plate and cover with foil until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

I like to start with leftover pot roast, but if you don't have any on hand, it will take additional time to cook beef and shred it.

 

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love these!! I prefer them over regular tacos. I keep shredded roast on hand, so that I could make them often. I like to pair it with your Spanish rice!

  2. 5 stars
    Lol i had no idea a flouta and a taquito were the same thing! I really like that you used shredded beef as Opposed to shredded chicken which is what i normally use.

  3. 5 stars
    One of my favorite foods. I always Try To have roast beef on hand just so I can make these. Easy and quick you will not be disAppointed!

  4. 5 stars
    They look so good! You may add shredded letuce, green salsa, red salsa (always two kind of salsa) queso and crema, and when You do justice to your flautas, still have a kinda salad deliciously flavored. my abuelita serves flautas always like that, i thought you guys might want to try it. Anyways, great recipe!