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Crispy and crunchy flavorful flautas are a delicious dinner for everyone! They’re filled with beef and fried to perfection.

This flauta recipe is filled with beef (we like to use leftover Pot Roast for the filling), but we also have a Chicken Flautas recipe we love just as much!

Flautas topped with guacamole and fresh tomatoes on a white plate.

A Crunchy Roll to Love!

Flautas (which translates to “flutes”) is a Mexican dish made from tortillas filled with meat or poultry, cheese, and other fillings. It is then fried for a crispy finish!

My mom and grandma have made these my entire life, and they’ve always been a favorite. Honestly, I could eat 5 of these flautas for dinner if I’m not careful. 😉

Why we love them:

  • For any meal. Flautas are perfect to serve as an appetizer, lunch, or dinner dish!
  • Alternative fillings. They can be filled with any fillings you prefer but this recipe calls for shredded beef.
  • Crunchy and addictive. This recipe hits it out of the park. The crunch from the fried tortilla and the creamy melted cheese mixed in with the beef makes it one of our FAVORITE Mexican dinner ideas.
Shredded beef in a white bowl.

Ingredients

  • vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • shredded beef – or use Shredded Chicken or Shredded Pork.
  • shredded Mexican blend cheese – or another favorite like pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, or Monterey jack cheese
  • salsa – store-bought or homemade
  • diced chiles – adds a lot of flavor. For added flavor include diced onions or jalapenos.
  • garlic salt with parsley flakes, salt, and black pepper to taste – or add red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, or cumin for added spice.
  • tortillas – make using Flour or corn tortillas (we used corn). Sometimes corn tortillas can crack when rolling. Warm them in a pan, on a griddle, or heat them for about 20 seconds in the microwave. If it cracks the tortilla is too cold or it is stale.

Toppings + Sides

How to Make Flautas

  1. PREP. Preheat the oven to the warm setting or about 200°F. Fill a large saucepan with about ¾ inch oil. Heat over medium heat to 375°F.
  2. FILL. In a medium bowl, combine the filling ingredients.
  3. ROLL. Working with 4 tortillas at a time, spread a heaping spoonful of chicken filling along the middle of each tortilla. Roll the tortillas tightly around the filling and secure each one with a toothpick.
  4. FRY. Using tongs, hold each flauta in hot oil until firm, then release to continue cooking. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then remove to a paper towel–lined plate and immediately season with salt.
  5. SERVE. Transfer flautas to a foil-lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while assembling and cooking the remaining tortillas. Serve warm with toppings.

Air Fryer Directions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400° F.
  • Roll the flautas as directed in the recipe.
  • Lightly spray the flautas with cooking spray or brush them with a little bit of oil.
  • Place the flautas in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd them. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and crispy, flipping them halfway through the cooking time.
  • Repeat with the other batches.
A pile of flautas topped with cotija, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Storing Info

  • Make ahead of time. Flautas are best served warm. Keep them covered with foil until ready to serve and eat.
  • STORE. Wrap leftovers in foil and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. Heat them in the microwave, over the stove for a few minutes, or in the oven on low heat.
Flautas recipe with fresh guacamole and diced tomatoes on a plate.

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Flautas

By: Lil’ Luna
Crispy and crunchy flavorful flautas are a delicious dinner for everyone! They're filled with beef and fried to perfection.
Servings: 12 flautas
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

  • vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 3 cups shredded beef, or shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • ½ cup salsa, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced chiles
  • garlic salt with parsley flakes, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas (or flour tortillas)
  • salt, to taste

Toppings

  • shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, green salsa, guacamole, Cilantro Ranch dressing
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to the warm setting or about 200°F.
  • Fill a large saucepan with about ¾ inch oil. Heat over medium heat to 375°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine chicken, cheese, salsa, diced chiles, garlic salt, and pepper.
  • Working with 4 tortillas at a time, spread a heaping spoonful of chicken filling along the middle of each tortilla. Roll the tortillas tightly around the filling and secure each one with a toothpick.
  • Using tongs, hold each flauta in hot oil until firm, then release to continue cooking. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then remove to a paper towel–lined plate and immediately season with salt.
  • Transfer flautas to a foil-lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while assembling and cooking the remaining tortillas. Serve warm with toppings.

Video

Notes

  • Make ahead of time. We do not suggest making any fried foods ahead of time, but you can make the filling in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
  • Baking directions. Place the rolled flautas seam side down in a lightly greased 9-x-13-inch baking dish or on a metal baking sheet. Spray with olive oil cooking spray and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1flauta, Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 397mg, Potassium: 270mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 121IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 118mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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31 Comments

  1. Lynne Maddox Woody says:

    5 stars
    Loved this since the first time I made it. My boyfriend did as well. I make this at least once a week and there are never any left-overs.
    YUMMY.

  2. Sha says:

    5 stars
    I love how it turned out! So crispy and delicious. I’m addicted to these 😍

  3. Kylie R says:

    5 stars
    YUM! I had leftover shredded chicken and decided to make these and I am so happy I did. Everyone loved them- I just wish I made more!

  4. Mel says:

    5 stars
    This was SO delicious and the most perfect weeknight dinner!

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  6. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    Crispy and delicious, and SO easy to make. These were a big hit with my family.