Chicken Flautas with Black Beans

Flauta is the Spanish word for "flute"--exactly what one of these crispy, stuffed, and fried tortillas resembles. Use them to scoop up gobs of guacamole and sour cream. Try the make-ahead directions for dinner in a flash.

Ingredients
  • 6  10  inches flour tortillas
  • 1/2  cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 1   clove garlic, minced
  • 1   teaspoon cooking oil
  • 2   cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1   cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2  cup bottled salsa
  • 1/2  cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (2 ozs.)
  • 2   tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or oregano
  •  Cooking oil for frying
  • 3   cups shredded lettuce
  •  Purchased guacamole (optional)
  •  Bottled salsa (optional)
  •  Dairy sour cream (optional)
  •  Cilantro leaves (optional)
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Directions
1. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap tortillas tightly in foil. Heat in oven about 10 minutes or until heated through.
2. 
Meanwhile, for filling, in a large saucepan, cook onion and garlic in the 1 teaspoon hot oil until tender. Stir in chicken, black beans, 1/2 cup bottled salsa, the cheese, and 2 tablespoons cilantro.
3. 
For each flauta, spoon about 1/2 cup filling across each warm tortilla about 1-1/2 inches from one edge. Roll up tortillas as tightly as possible. Secure with wooden toothpicks.
4. 
In a very large, deep skillet, heat 1-1/2 inches of cooking oil to 365 degrees F. Fry flautas, two at a time, for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp and golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Keep fried flautas warm in a 300 degrees F oven while frying remaining flautas.
5. 
To serve, remove toothpicks. Halve flautas crosswise. If desired, serve with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and cilantro.

Variation

  • Baked Flautas:

    Prepare filling and shape flautas as directed. Place flautas on a large baking sheet and brush with 1 tablespoon cooking oil. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Serve as directed.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare filling and shape flautas as directed. Cover; chill for up to 24 hours. Fry or bake as directed. Makes 6 flautas.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 539, Fat, total (g) 33, chol. (mg) 45, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 39, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 22, sodium (mg) 478, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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