This plate of food is one of my husband and mine all time favorites – EVER. They are a bit time consuming (about an hour) but 100% worth the effort. My husband would eat them weekly if I made them. This is the one plate that I always get comments like “Wow! Looks good!” and “Thanks, that was really good!”. If I make them for a guest they always say “Please invite me over the next time you make Flautas!”. You gotta love responses like that!
The first time I had Flautas was when I got to teach this amazing family. I was with Julia who I was meant to have in my life, but that is a story for another day. I actually got to train her and I am therefore her “Mama” and she my “daughter”. The beautiful Julia was such a hard worker, fun to be with, and extremely talented. We loved being around these guys, and LOVED Magdalena and Ana Rosa’s cooking. They invited us to eat over at least once and week and we never said no! I came home from the mission and after many tries perfected this recipe to what it is today, inspired by these wonderful women. You need to try these, like ASAP. You will be so happy you did.
Here is a picture of the Mexican ingredients you will need. I purchased all of this at Wally’s, and I know you can get it all at a Latino Market. If you want the authentic Mexican flavors you will want to have Mexican Cream. This is sour cream but it is thin – like a watered down sour cream with lots of flavor. You will want the white corn tortillas. I have tried using the generic brands and honestly they seem to break, so I recommend not going that route. The Valentina is a hot sauce. You can use what you like, Tapatio is another we use, but Valentina is not as spicy for the kids. Lastly, you MUST have the Queso Fresco which is a crumbly cheese. It has a salty kinda tangy kick, and while it’s creamy by nature, it’s not too rich or buttery tasting. It is much milder than other crumble cheeses, and is the perfect compliment to this platter.
I always cook my chicken with an onion cut in 4ths and some kosher salt sprinkled over the top in the crock pot for 4 hours , but you can boil it on the stove for 25 minutes with the same effect. Remove the chicken from the broth and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes. This eliminates drying out the meat. During that time I will cut my luttuce, dice my tomatos, red oinon, and crumble my queso fresco.
When cutting my lettuce (either iceberg or romain) I slice it very thin. You then put it in a bowl of cold water and about 1/4 c of vinegar. After 15 minutes you dump out the water and rinse it once. This will make your lettuce nice and crisp, disinfect it, and give it the perfect flavor.
One thing that Magdalena always did was get about 1 cup of the broth from the chicken cooking. Add about 1 TBS of the valentina and mix it well. You will use this to top the Flautas later.
Grab a large skillet and put about 1 TBS of canola oil and turn it on to medium. Once the meat has rested go ahead and shred it. I wear some plastic gloves and I use my hands because I find that works best for me. You will then grab a clean dish towel and wrap 6 white corn tortillas in the towel and put it in the micro for 1 min. With some toothpicks, your shredded chicken and queso fresco ready, you will begin assembling your flautas. The tortillas can break when they cool off, so you need to keep them covered if you are not assembling them. Put a small amount of chicken in the middle, and sprinkle a bit of cheese on top. Roll up the tortilla and push a toothpick down the middle to secure the tortilla together.
Place the Flautas seam down and push the toothpicks all the way through. You will allow them to cook for 5 minutes. Remove the toothpicks and carefully flip them over to allow the other side to brown.
While they are frying I lay a bed of lettuce down on the plate, sprinkle a bit of tomato, and onion. When they are done cooking I use tongs to pull them off and place them on the bed of lettuce.
Put some of the Mexican cream down the middle and sprinkle some of the queso fresco, onion and tomato on top. Right when you are ready to eat them, drizzle some of the broth/Valentina mixture over the top. I prefer eating it the way I was taught – with my hands! Grab a Flauta and some of the lettuce mixture with each bite. You are a mess when its all said and done, but it is AMAZING!!!
I hope you love them as much as we do. Enjoy!
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