Chicken Flautas

I love Mexican food and there are a few different authentic Mexican restaurants that I enjoy going to. One of my favourite items on the menus are flautas and I often order them whenever we go out to these restaurants.

Flautas are rolled tacos that are fried in oil till they are crispy. Some people call these taquitos or rolled tacos. They are often sold in the freezer section of grocery stores and can be thrown in the oven for a nice appetizer.

Flautas can be filled with many different things, from beef to chicken and more. I made a mixture with diced up cooked chicken, salsa, grated cheese, onions and jalapeño peppers that were used as the filling.

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Flautas are a great little appetizer and perfect for a gameday party or really any gathering. They are always a hit.

Or, serve these as part of a Mexican meal and they will probably be the favourite part of the meal.

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Corn tortillas are not very pliable and trying to roll them up would cause them to crumble and they would be unusable. The best way to soften them is to wrap them in a tea towel and heat them in a microwave for about one minute. After removing them from the microwave, I keep them wrapped in the towel for 1-2 more minutes. This almost steams them a bit and they become much more flexible.

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Spoon one heaping tablespoon of the chicken mixture on a tortilla and spread it in a line across the middle of the tortilla.

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Roll the tortilla tightly so that there is no open space in the flauta. This allows it to fry up more easily and keeps the oil from getting inside the flauta.

If desired, you can stick the flauta with a toothpick to keep it from opening up before frying. This way, you can actually roll up all the flautas before you fry them.

I actually prefer to make them one at a time and don’t bother using a toothpick. Once I make it, the flauta goes straight into the hot oil and I start on the next one.

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Fill a skillet with oil so that it is about an inch deep. This brings the oil about halfway up the flauta.

While you can use any type of skillet, I prefer using a cast iron one, as it keeps the oil hot throughout the frying.

Using tongs, place the flauta into the hot oil. If not using toothpicks, try to place the folded part of the tortilla at the bottom, so that it does not open up during the frying.

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While the flautas are in the skillet, I keep working on making more. Once the tortillas in the oil are browned and crisped up, roll/flip them to the other side.

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Once the flautas are all browned, use tongs to lift them out of the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

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Once the flautas are all done, they are excellent served with some pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. These are so delicious and you will need to make sure that you make lots as they get gobbled up really quick.

This recipe is great to have as part of a Mexican meal. Here are a number of other great recipes that go very well with these pinto beans!

Chicken Flautas

5 from 1 vote
Easy directions for Mexican fried flautas (similar to taquitos, dorados or rolled tacos). Corn tortillas filled with chicken, salsa, cheese, jalapeño peppers.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 flautas


  • 2 cooked chicken breasts , cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 onion , minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper , cored and minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 lime , juiced
  • 3/4 cup grated monterey jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 24 corn tortillas
  • vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, salsa, minced onion, jalapeño pepper, cumin, lime juice and grated cheeses.
  • Fill skillet with oil so that it is about 1 inch deep. Heat to medium, around 350-375F.
  • Wrap corn tortillas in a towel and place on a plate. Heat in a microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and let the tortillas rest in the towel for 1-2 more minutes. This allows the tortillas to soften and be more pliable.
  • Spoon one heaping tablespoon in the middle of a tortilla. Spread it in a line across the middle of a tortilla. Tightly roll the tortilla into a cylinder. If desired, stick a toothpick in the tortilla to hold it in place.
  • Using tongs, place the flauta into the hot oil. If not using toothpicks, try to place the folded part of the tortilla at the bottom so that it does not open up during frying.
  • Let the flauta fry for 2-3 minutes (or until browned), then flip. Fry for another 2-3 minutes . Make sure that the flauta is nicely browned before removing from the hot oil.
  • Using tongs, remove the flauta from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • Prepare remaining flautas.
  • Serve with pico de galla, guacamole and sour cream.

Chicken Flautas


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  • 5 stars
    you eat those flautas whore!

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  • Love flautas and those look delicious! I usually make a lentil version, but these certainly could be up next!

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  • These flautas look amazing! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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  • I love it that these are pan fried! Thank you for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

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  • Hi! I’m one of the co-hosts from the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Up. These flautas look so delicious. I wish I had some right now. They’re definitely going on my menu this up-coming week though. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Mmmm, delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe for chicken flautas – I look forward to trying them soon! Pinning! Blessings, Janet

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  • I love flautas and yours look delicious! Pinning!

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  • Living in Arizona, we love our Mexican food! I’ve never tried pan frying flautas (have baked); will try your way. Pinned. Visiting from Monday Funday party.

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