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Cheese Flautas with Cilantro Pesto


This Mexican-style pesto is made with pepitas instead of nuts; look for them at natural-food stores, gourmet grocers, or Latin markets.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2009


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup pepitas (green hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas (6-inch), softened by moistening and lightly toasting over a gas burner (turn with tongs)
  • 2 cups (6 ounces) grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a saute pan over medium-low. Cook garlic until golden, 1 minute. Add pepitas; cook, tossing, until toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Pulse to a paste in a food processor. Add cilantro, lime juice, and remaining olive oil; pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Spread some pesto on a softened tortilla; top with cheese. Roll up; place seam side down. Cover with a damp kitchen towel. Repeat.

  2. Heat peanut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Fry flautas in 2 batches, seam sides down, 1 minute. Using tongs, roll to brown evenly, cooking 1 minute more. Drain on paper towels, dabbing tops to remove excess oil.

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  • MS10689530
    13 NOV, 2016
    I thought flautas were made with flour tortillas and taquitos were made with corn tortillas.
  • robin1
    29 OCT, 2011
    I made this for a dinner party that I gave for my new group of women friends (I've recently relocated) and they said it was fabulous and ate every bite so I don't think they were just trying to make me feel better. I served it with roasted onions and squash laced with chili powder and a green salad with cilantro lime dressing. Oh, and Mexican chocolate cake.
  • scoops12201
    11 AUG, 2011
    I used pine nuts instead of pepitas. My grocery store didn't carry pepitas. My husband I liked these and I would make them again.