In Spanish flauta means 'flute'. Crispy fried flautas are tightly rolled corn tortillas with an assortment of fillings. They're more commonly known as 'taquitas or taquitos' in the States.
1 cup corn oil
24 corn tortillas
1 1/2 to 2 cups filling of your choice (shredded beef or chicken, cooked and seasoned ground beef, beans or cheese)
- In a skillet or pan, heat the oil to hot. With tongs, dip the tortillas in the oil on both sides to moisten them, no more than a second or 2, and stack them.
- Place about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of a tortilla and spread it out lengthwise. Roll the tortilla tightly, and repeat the process until all are filled and rolled.
- Reserve just enough oil in the skillet to keep its bottom moist. Add a few flautas at a time, keeping the tortillas seam side down. Cook them 5 to 10 seconds, then gently roll them in the skillet until they are golden brown on all sides.
- Serve flautas with guacamole, chile con queso, sour cream and/or a salsa of your choosing.
Makes 6 (4 flauta) servings.