Chipotle Beef Flautas…Taquitos?

It’s Tuesday, and you know Tuesdays mean tacos around this blog…or something like tacos. This week we’re looking at some Chipotle Beef Flautas. When we made quesadillas last week, I used a three pound beef roast. Since we’re a two person household, you know there was some (a ton!) left over, so we just froze it in a ziplock bag, and set it in the freezer to thaw when we wanted to make flautas.

Chipotle Beef Flautas 3Here’s the thing about flautas- they are arguably indistinguishable from taquitos, and they’re usually deep fried, and I have a somewhat irrational affinity for them. (Also, they don’t look lovely in photographs, but you’ll just have to suffer through that.) I’m not so comfortable with deep frying, so I did a quick pan fry instead. Since I used the leftover beef, they took about five minutes to assemble and less to inhale. Serve with some pice and yesterday’s Summer Salad, and you have a delicious and somewhat balanced weeknight meal.

Chipotle Beef Flautas 2

Chipotle Beef Flautas…Taquitos?

–          1 cup shredded beef (whatever you have left over) from last week’s recipe
–          ½ cup shredded cheese
–          ½ small red onion, minced
–          4 flour tortillas
–          Pico, salsa or guacamole

Prepare filling: in a small skillet, saute the beef until it is warmed through. Mix in the cheese and onion (you can do this in the pan, but I didn’t want the cheese to stick so I used a separate bowl).

Prepare flautas: Heat about ¼ inch of oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Divide the filling evenly between tortillas, and roll tightly (make sure to leave some space at each end, so the filling doesn’t fall out). One at a time, set the flauta in the oil, seam side down. Turn regularly, so that all sides are a deep golden brown. Drain briefly on paper towels, and enjoy immediately with a topping of your choice.

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  • You know, I might try this tonight with leftover steak. I was going to do tacos, but I’ve never actually made flautas before and should give it a shot!

    • Erin

      I hope it went well for you!

  • Your food photos are amazing! It’s totally making me hungry!

    • Erin

      Thank you! I will say, deep fried is hard to make into a good photo 🙂

  • I’ve never attempted these but this recipe seems super do-able!

    • Erin

      Incredibly doable! Especially if you have convenient leftovers 🙂

  • Katie

    Maaan… I really need to stop reading these taco posts on Wednesday morning. Dang time zone. Is it lunch yet?? 😛

  • Jennifer Walker

    I’ve always gone with the flour=flautas, corn=taquito rule, but yes, other than that… no difference! They sound delicious either way!