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HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN BEEF CRISPY TAQUITOS

In some parts of Mexico, these tacos are made using thin long oval-shaped corn tortillas and deep fried in lard. The best flautas I have ever had are from Toluca, while I was living there back in the late ‘80s. 
Course Beef, Tacos
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 352kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 corn tortillas the thinner the better
  • 2 cups of the filling of your choice Beef, chicken or potato (see instructions bellow)
  • 12 to othpicks to hold the tortillas together
  • Vegetable oil to fry the flautas
  • 1 cup of “Cotija” Cheese shredded or fresh Mexican Cheese Crumbled
  • ½ cup Mexican cream or creme fraiche

For the beef filling

  • 1 Pound of Flank steak or skirt cut in cubes
  • ¼ of an onion
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 bay leave
  • Enough water to cover the meat.
  • Salt to taste

For the chicken filling:

  • 1 large chicken breast bone in
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 slices of onion
  • Enough water to cover the chicken
  • salt to taste

For the potato filling:

  • 2 Large potatoes
  • salt to taste and enough water to cover the potatoes.

Instructions

For the beef filling

  • Cook the meat in a small pot with the onion, garlic, bay leave, salt, and water. Simmer covered for about 40-45 minutes or until tender, cool and shred the meat.

For the chicken filling:

  • Place the Chicken, garlic, onion, salt, and water in a pot and simmer covered for about 30 minutes.or until tender. Let it cool and shred.

For the potato filling:

  • Peel and cut the potatoes in large cubes, cook in salted water until tender, do not over cook. Drain and mash. Taste in case it needs more salt.
  • Heat the tortillas on a griddle to make them more pliable and easy to roll. Put some shreds of the meat close to the edge of the tortilla.
  • Roll tightly but not to much to avoid squeezing the filling out of the tortilla.
  • Secure the tortilla with a toothpick. Roll another tortilla with its filling and again hold the center with a toothpick. You can attach them in pairs as shown in the picture.
  • While you are rolling the tacos, heat the oil in a frying pan on high heat.
  • Deep fry the flautas in the already heated oil turning once until golden and crisp.
  • Remove and drain the excess oil on paper towels, as shown in the picture at the top.
  • It’s also a good idea to let them cool a little since the filling will be very hot.
  • Serve on a plate and top with the salsa of your choice, Mexican cream, and cheese. My son likes them with cream and cheese (and ketchup) only. I prefer to eat them with lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese and salsa.

Notes

Optional toppings
Shredded lettuce or cabbage, tomato slices, chopped onion, avocado slices, and some people even add cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Crispy tacos | Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 1.4mg