Carne Asada Flautas

Flautas. WE LOVE FLAUTAS. They can honestly be described in two easy ways:

  1. They’re essentially large taquitos.
  2. They’re enchiladas without the sauce – and a whole lot less cheese.

Making them is too easy as well. Most people fry them on the stove in some olive oil. But we bake ours, just to make them a less greasy – aka: healthier. So here is the simple, delicious recipe for Baked Carne Asada Flautas!

Tortillas (traditionally flautas use flour)
Trader Joe’s Carne Asada
Cheese, we love Manchego and/or Cotija
Fresh Cilantro
Green Onions
A Lime
1 TBSP of Avocado Oil

Obvs this isn’t all the ingredients, but your basis! This pre-marintated carne asada is

Really, you can use any protein for these! We love the pre-marinated carne asada from Trader Joe’s – its sooooo good. (You just grill or pan sear it for just a few mins on each side, its really thin and cooks super fast). Another really easy option would be to throw chicken or a some sort of meat in the crockpot with a jar of salsa and let it cook for 3-4 hrs on high or 5-6 hours on low. But okay, pick your protein – and prep your other ingredients.

  • roughly chop cilantro
  • thinly slice green onions/onions
  • shred your cheese.
  • half a lime, half for inside flautas, the other half, quarter it for finishing.

Oh, don’t forget to preheat your oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (easy cleanup).

Start assembling your flautas one at a time. Take your tortilla, add your protein, green onions and cilantro, squeeze of lime. Tightly roll your flautas with the open end of the tortilla on the bottom, this will help it stay shut while baking without the need of a toothpick or skewer.

Do this with all of your tortillas, and feel free to customize these based upon preferences. You could add tomatoes, jalepenos, bell peppers, annnnythannng. Once you have all your flautas rolled, brush the tops with a touch of avocado oil, and lightly salt the tops. I added some lime zest and cilantro as well, prior to baking.

Bake flautas for 20-25 mins, until outside edges of the tortillas are browned and crispy. EASY PEEZY.

Serve up, and enjoy! I like to finish with freshly diced avocados, green onions, more cilantro and Trader Joe’s green dragon sauce. YUM!