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Crispy Turkey Flautas

Chef John

"Leftover turkey is great for a turkey sandwich or three, but that gets old and that's also where these crispy flautas come in. And don't forget, cheese grated in your own kitchen is so much better than the packaged grated cheese."
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28 m servings 578 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings (12 large turkey flautas)

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  1. Mix shredded turkey, pepper Jack cheese, green onions, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  2. Wrap stack of tortillas in a paper towel and place in a sealable plastic bag. Seal the bag only halfway. Microwave on high until tortillas are hot and flexible, about 45 seconds. Keep tortillas warm in the bag as you fill the others.
  3. Place 2 tortillas on a work surface, one about 2 inches off center of the first creating a longer partially double tortilla. Spoon about 1/4 to 1/3 cup turkey mixture in a row just below the center of the long side of the tortilla. Paint a bit of egg white along the top edge of the tortillas. Bring bottom edge of the tortilla up and over the filling and roll rather tightly toward the top edge over the egg white. Set aside with the fold on the bottom while you fill the remaining tortillas.
  4. Place 1/4 inch vegetable oil in a saute pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, place flautas in oil, seam side down. Press down gently with a spatula a couple of seconds to flatten bottoms. Fry in batches until flautas are crispy, golden, and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain about a minute on paper towels. Serve topped with shredded cabbage, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and chopped cilantro.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can substitute grated Cheddar cheese for the pepper Jack, or use a combination of the two.
  • If your turkey was not super moist, you can always add a 1/4 cup of chicken broth to the turkey/cheese mixture to compensate.
  • If you're making a lot of flautas you can place them on a baking sheet and finish cooking them in a 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 578 calories; 25 g fat; 53.5 g carbohydrates; 36.9 g protein; 101 mg cholesterol; 522 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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These were delicious and easy (if you buy the guac & salsa). It really didn't seem like leftover turkey at all. I do recommend the egg white to keep the tortillas from coming undone. I halved th...

I followed this recipe exactly as stated except I used chicken instead of turkey and it was absolutely delicious. I didn't have leftover of either, so I just stuck some chicken in the crockpot ...

Super yummy. But I am pretty sure ALL of Chef John's food is amazing.