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Prep

20 minutes

Cook

10 minutes

Yield

4

These easy refried bean flautas are comforting, delicious, and perfect for summer.

Flautas are made with a large flour tortilla that is rolled up around a filling and then deep-fried. They originate from Mexican cuisine and are so delicious!

Flautas on a plate

Why you’ll love flautas:

  • Comforting: I find all Mexican food so comforting and these flautas are no different
  • Filling: The beans in this flautas recipe give a serving of protein to keep you full longer
  • Versatile: Get creative with the seasoning, and/or the fillings
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Ingredient Notes:

Refried Beans: I just buy the canned refried beans usually found with other Mexican ingredients in your store, however, you can make your own too if you’re feeling really ambitious.

Queso Fresco: If you have a hard time finding this you can swap for Mexican Crema or feta cheese instead. Or if you’re vegan, you can swap for your fav plant-based feta.

Salsa Verde: Made with tomatillos and green chilis, this salsa has a beautiful green color to it. However, if you can’t find a jar at the grocery store, and don’t want to make your own, you can easily just swap this for regular salsa.

Flautas on a plate

How to make flautas:

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat for around 30 seconds.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, sautéing until slightly caramelized and fragrant, 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Next, add the refried beans, ALL of the spices, and lime juice.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes to allow all of the flavours to combine.
  5. Transfer to a large bowl and cool slightly.
  6. To assemble the flautas, warm up the corn tortillas in a pan over low heat or in the microwave until soft and pliable.
  7. Scoop approximately 3 tbsp of the refried beans to the middle or each tortilla.
  8. Sprinkle some of the crumbled queso fresco on top of the refried beans and roll.
  9. Lightly grease a large pan with avocado oil and place over medium-high heat.
  10. Place the assembled flautas in, seam side down, and cook for 2 – 3 minutes on each side until golden and slightly crispy.
  11. Set the finished flautas on a serving dish, and repeat these steps until all are completed.
  12. Top the flautas with salsa Verde, Mexican crema, more crumbled queso fresco, and fresh cilantro.
  13. Enjoy immediately- serving with lime wedges!

Expert Tips & FAQ:

Toppings: Serve any extra toppings you wish, like avocado, Pico de Gallo, etc. 

Serving: Take this dish with you to potlucks, dinner parties, or even summer barbeques- they will be a HUGE HIT! 

Storage: Store the ungarnished flautas in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 – 4 days! You can garnish them upon enjoying them again OR store all of the elements separately and make them fresh each time!

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Flautas

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These easy refried bean flautas are comforting, delicious, and perfect for summer.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course 30 minute meals, Main Dish, Summer Meal
Cuisine Mexican-Inspired
Servings 4
Calories 480 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Refried Beans,

  • 1 ½ – 398 ml cans authentic refried pinto beans
  • ¼ cup white onion finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • 1 tsp. chipotle or chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime

For the Flautas,

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • ½ cup queso fresco crumbled
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup salsa Verde
  • 3 tbsp. Mexican crema
  • ¼ cup queso fresco crumbled to garnish
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

Instructions
 

Instructions

  • In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat for around 30 seconds.
  • Add the onions and garlic, sautéing until slightly caramelized and fragrant, 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Next, add the refried beans, ALL of the spices, and lime juice.
  • Cook for 5 minutes to allow all of the flavours to combine.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and cool slightly.
  • To assemble the flautas, warm up the corn tortillas in a pan over low heat or in the microwave until soft and pliable.
  • Scoop approximately 3 tbsp of the refried beans to the middle or each tortilla.
  • Sprinkle some of the crumbled queso fresco on top of the refried beans and roll.
  • Lightly grease a large pan with avocado oil and place over medium-high heat.
  • Place the assembled flautas in, seam side down, and cook for 2 – 3 minutes on each side until golden and slightly crispy.
  • Set the finished flautas on a serving dish, and repeat these steps until all are completed.
  • Top the flautas with salsa Verde, Mexican crema, more crumbled queso fresco, and fresh cilantro.
  • Enjoy immediately- serving with lime wedges!

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Notes

Notes 
Swap the queso fresco and Mexican crema with your favorite dairy options! 
Serve any extra toppings you wish, like avocado, Pico de Gallo, etc! 
Take this dish with you to potlucks, dinner parties, or even summer barbeques- they will be a HUGE HIT! 
Store the ungarnished flautas in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 – 4 days! You can garnish them upon enjoying them again OR store all of the elements separately and make them fresh each time!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 74.3g | Protein: 20.7g | Fat: 13.3g | Saturated Fat: 6.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 1044.1mg | Fiber: 17.7g | Sugar: 3.9g
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