This is one of my absolute favorite frugal recipes I brought back from Mexico. Ethnic foods are such a great way to spread your dollar! I’ll buy a rotisserie chicken for between $5-$7 and it’ll last me at least three meals. Tortillas are a great way to fill your tummy for very very cheap. Plus! You’re hiding all of the fried goodness under a giant salad, so it’s good for you too, right?
This can easily be made vegetarian as well! You can use beans or mashed potatoes instead of chicken for equally delicious results!
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
10-15 corn tortillas
Vegetable oil for frying
Toothpicks (optional – depending on your skill)
Salsa Verde (see recipe here)
Half a head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
Sour Cream (or Mexican crema if you can find it)
1. Wrap your tortillas in a hand towel or paper towel and toss them in the microwave for 1 minute. This will warm them up and make the more pliable and easy to work with.
2. Pour a couple Tbsp of vegetable oil in a small frying pan and heat until it sizzles nicely.
3. Line the middle of each tortilla with a Tbsp or so of chicken (beans, mashed taters, etc). Wrap tortilla up into a tube and secure with a toothpick. If you’re more skilled than I am in the kitchen, you can rest the tubes against each other in the pan so that they don’t unravel. I have yet to master this skill 😉
4. Fry on both side until lightly browned. I like frying them in batches in a small frying pan, because it uses less oil. If you do it in batches, line a plate with a couple layers of paper towels and rest each batch you do on top of the last – the oil will drip down and keep the first batch warm.
5. Arrange the flautas in a row on your plate, cover with shredded lettuce, drizzle salsa, sour cream, lime and salt over top.
- Baked Chicken Flautas (cookingwithanne.com)
- Oven Baked Spinach and Chicken Flautas (thistleandmaize.wordpress.com)
- Flautas (or Taquitos) and Guacamole with Hilah Cooking (averagebetty.com)