Beef Flautas

April 18, 2021
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 12
Author Notes

You certainly don’t have to use beef. You can make these with chicken, beans, fish, or roasted vegetables. Just figure on having two cups of filling. —Paula Disbrowe

What You'll Need
  • 2 pounds chuck roast, cut into four-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon fat: lard, bacon grease or canola oil
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, quartered
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 to 4 jalapenos, diced
  • 1 pound tomatillos, quartered
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • Juice of one lime
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup 1 cup of canola oil
  • Salsa, lettuce, chopped cilantro, diced onions and sour cream for garnishing
  1. Brown the cubed beef in the fat on medium heat in a large Dutch oven or pot (may have to do in batches). Add the onions, garlic, tomatillos, jalapenos, cumin, 1/2 cup of the chopped cilantro, four cups of water (or beer if you prefer), salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer and cook for two hours until meat is tender. Remove beef from the pot, shred it and then toss it with the lime juice and some salt and black pepper. Can also add some of the pan juices if you like. Otherwise, you can reserve the pan juices for another use.
  3. Wrap the tortillas in foil, and heat in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes or until soft. Take each warmed tortilla and place two tablespoons of the shredded beef into it and roll tightly.
  4. Heat the canola oil in a large iron skillet and when oil is 350 degrees (or hot but not smoking), gently place three flautas into oil, seam side down, and cook on each side until crisp, 45 seconds per side.
  5. Serve immediately with salsa, chopped cilantro, onion and sour cream.

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Paula Disbrowe writes frequently about Food and Travel. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her bread baker husband David Norman, two children, and menagerie of retired ranch animals.

2 Reviews

bishka July 31, 2018
Amazing flautas. My husband was so happy!
Nell October 8, 2016
Doesn't the filling fall out when you fry it?