Carne Asada Flautas are rolled tacos that are made with beef and perfectly seasoned with the usual Tex-Mex spices. Corn tortillas give a great crunch when pan fried. Serve with your favorite salsas and sour cream.
Flautas, or little flutes, are tortillas filled with various fillings such as chicken, beef, pork, beans and cheese. You can just about put anything in these rolled tacos. They are then pan fried which really brings out the corn flavor from the tortillas as well as an addicting crunch.
Other names for Flautas?
- taquitos (Southwest U.S.)
- tacos dorados (Mexico)
- flautas means little flutes (Mexico)
- rolled tacos (U.S.)
Flautas may have originated in New Mexico or Los Angeles. There are a few mentions in some early cookbooks as well as a story of employees from Consolidated Aircraft Company in San Diego during World War II asking a Mexican restaurant owner for a portable lunch item (1).
Whether you love a good food story or just a crunchy finger food, flautas are the bees knees in my book. Their versatility comes from the variety of fillings and garnishes you can make these with. Have fun, experiment and learn the joy of cooking.
Do you like these flautas? Then do try my Flautas de Pollo (chicken flautas).
How to Make Flautas Step-By-Step
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Wikipedia article on flautas.