Friday, May 8, 2015

Baked Beef and Cheese Flautas

I make a lot of taquitos, but I've never made flautas. As far I can tell, taquitos use corn tortillas and flautas use flour tortillas. These are by no means authentic flautas. Authentic taquitos and flautas are fried. I baked mine because I don't like to fry food at home. It is so messy, and I never know what to do with the used oil.

I had some leftover flour tortillas from the Italian Fajitas we made and decided to make these flautas. I thought they were a great change to our regular soft tacos. I used a simple beef and cheese filling. Make sure to roll the flautas very tight. I secured mine with toothpicks so they didn't open up while they baked. You might want to make an extra batch of these and freeze them for a quick meal or snack.

1 lb hamburger
1 packet taco seasoning
2/3 cup salsa
1/4 cup water
1 cup cheese
12 small flour tortillas (fajita size)

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain fat. Return meat to skillet and add taco seasoning, salsa and water. Simmer for 5 minutes.

To assemble the flautas, put 1/12 of the meat on top of the tortilla. Top with cheese. Roll up tightly and secure with a toothpick. Place on rimmed baking sheet. Lightly spray the flautas with cooking spray (to help them crisp up).

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until warm and cheese is bubbly.

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