Rating: 4.5 stars
46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
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I always order flautas at restaurants but have yet to see a recipe anywhere that makes them the way I like them - crispy. Instead of baking them, this recipe uses a deep fryer. It melds the flavors together and makes them extra crunchy. Serve with rice, salad, or whatever side dish you desire.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
12 flautas
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the bell pepper and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and stir in the chicken breast. Cook and stir until the chicken breast is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Shred the chicken using two forks. Stir in the taco seasoning and water. Simmer until the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in the Cheddar cheese, then remove from heat, and set aside.

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  • Lightly brush each corn tortilla will a layer of salsa. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture in a line along the bottom edge of the tortilla. Tightly roll the tortilla into a cylinder, and secure the ends with one or two toothpicks. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

  • Heat 2 cups vegetable oil in a large skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Fry the flautas in the preheated oil, no more than 4 at a time, until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain the flautas on a paper towel-lined plate. Discard toothpicks and top finished flautas with remaining salsa.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Cook's Note

Occasionally after filling all the tortillas you may find that you have some extra meat mixture left over. If you don't feel like opening another pack of tortillas, you can simply refrigerate the meat mixture. It keeps very well.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; protein 20.5g; carbohydrates 28.2g; fat 14.2g; cholesterol 48.9mg; sodium 716.9mg. Full Nutrition
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