This is what’s known in the biz as a two-fer. Yes, I know I just posted a chicken flautas recipe but these two recipes were made four months apart, so I feel vindicated and clever for presenting another fun-filled flautas episode. Consider it and encore, or maybe a sequel. Either way, flautas deserve attention and they should be enjoyed as often as you can make them, or eat them.
Juxtaposing these two different approaches to flautas illustrates the versatility of Mexican cuisine. You can wrap anything you want into a corn tortilla, fry it and call it a flauta. Amazing!
Once again, for this recipe, I had the benefit of starting with chicken that had previously been cooked.
3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 ½ tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
Red and green chiles (about ¼ cup)
1 1/2 cups spinach chopped
6 corn tortillas
cooking oil for frying
Soften the tortillas by adding them to hot oil for several seconds. Set the tortillas aside.
In a large bowl mix together the shredded chicken, cream cheese, cumin, salt, garlic powder, oregano, chiles and spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Form the mixture into long logs, or snakes, if you like. Portion the mix by cutting them into sections. This makes it easy when it comes to rolling up the flautas.
Assemble the flautas by adding a portion of the mix and rolling them up in the softened tortillas. Skewer two flautas together with a toothpick, to hold them together while they fry.
Pour enough cooking oil into a skillet to about ½” in height. Set the heat to medium.
Cook the flautas in the hot oil, gently turning with tongs once or twice until they are golden brown on both sides.
Remove the flautas to a paper towel-lined plate.
But wait, there’s more!
Flautas are wonderful crispy treat but I think of them as an appetizer. Here’s an easy way to incorporate them into a full-fledged Mexican feast.
Cheese Enchiladas in Red Sauce
1 1/2 cups Colby-Jack cheese
1 cup onion, diced
6 corn tortillas, softened in hot oil
2 cups prepared red enchilada sauce
cooking oil for frying
chopped green onions for garnish
I used homemade red enchilada sauce but the store-bought variety will work, too.
Mix the grated cheese and diced onion in a large bowl. In the same bowl, separate the mixture into six equal portions.
Pour some enchilada sauce into a 8” or 9” glass pie pan. Pour just enough sauce to cover the bottom of the pan.
Roll the enchiladas, just as you rolled the flautas. Place the enchiladas, seam side down, into the pie pan.
Cover the enchiladas with the remaining sauce.
Bake at 300° for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the enchiladas rest for 5 minutes, before serving.
Serve with Mexican rice and guacamole salad, or sour cream.
Bienvenido a mi casa! Buen appetito!