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Fake-Out Flautas

When I first made these at home, the fam asked if I'd ordered from the local taqueria. Talk about a coup! Flautas are those addictive deep-fried skinny tacos. This version became a total repeat-recipe hit. I call them "fake-out" because unlike their messy, deep-fried cousins, they are a quick low-fat, baked, vegetarian gem of a recipe. Serve with Guacamole, the ultimate scoopable flavor bomb.Excerpted from Mad Hungry Cravings by Lucinda Scala Quinn, to be published by Artisan Books on March 19, 2013. Photographs by Jonathan Lovekin.

  • Yield: Makes 12 flautas
Fake-Out Flautas

Photography: Jonathan Lovekin

Source: Mad Hungry, April 2011

Ingredients

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon safflower or other vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees with the racks in the upper and lower third positions. Lay out the tortillas on two rimmed baking sheets and scatter the cheese over them. Place in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes to melt the cheese.

  2. Meanwhile, toss the tomatoes, black beans, salt, and lime juice together in a bowl.

  3. Distribute the bean mixture evenly over the melted cheese and roll up the tortillas. Arrange side by side, seam side down, on one baking sheet. Brush the oil over the tops. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

Reviews (3)

  • nwmom2 28 Feb, 2014

    My family loved these. They are going in our weekly rotation. So easy to make. Great for a busy week night meal or an after school snack.

  • LauraHurn 5 Oct, 2011

    I LOVE this recipe because the flavor up to your own creativity. You can fill these flautas with anything you want! I've made this recipe at least 5 times and every time I'm thoroughly pleased. So, it's become a staple in my house.

    I've filled my flautas with leftover chicken breast meat, as well as leftover pot roast meat. ...then I just add a cheese, and some veggies (corn, diced zucchini, spinach leaves), herbs and legumes (pintos, black beans, etc.)

  • threelittlechics 7 Jun, 2011

    I saw this on the show today and thought I should try something different. It is a quick and easy lunch to make. Usually you would have these ingredients at home. Mine did not come out that crispy as I thought they would be, but they were really tasty. We did eat them with guacamole as a dip, which was a plus. This is a great healthy choice and I would make it again.

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