I don’t think these flautas are very authentic, with a filling that combines chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions. I’ve yet to find a Mexican restaurant that makes them this way. I can’t even remember where I originally got the recipe; it may have been the LA Times web site. But it was a long time ago, and since then I’ve adapted it fairly heavily. A lot my family recipes end up that way. Regardless, my family loves them!
I used to make these all at once, but they are so much better fresh than reheated, so I now make only a half batch and then save the rest of the filling and tortillas for a second day of crispy goodness. I don’t like to deep fry foods, so I add just a small amount of oil to a pan and fry briefly on both sides.
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 medium onion
- 2 medium bell peppers
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 medium can whole tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- oregano to taste
- salt to taste
Cut onion into slices and stir fry with some oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove and set aside. Repeat with the bell peppers.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces and stir fry over in the same skillet with a small amount of oil. Add to the onions and peppers.
In a blender, purée the canned tomatoes. Add last amount of oil to pan, with some garlic. Stir fry briefly, then add tomatoes,
In blender, puree the canned tomatoes. Add to pan, with cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt. Simmer over medium low heat 15 minutes until thickened. Add chicken, onions, and peppers and stir to coat. Remove from stove.
- 12 – 16 flour tortillas
To assemble flautas, add some chicken mixture to each tortilla, roll, and secure with a
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Be sure the oil is completely heated before frying. Fry three or four flautas at once, turning one time, so that the tortillas turn golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes.
Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole on the side.