Black Bean and Corn Flautas

July 28, 2014

Is anyone else ready for the weekend? Oh… we just had one? I could use another.  I spent all day Sunday shopping for a bridesmaid dress, which was fun but exhausting.  Plus traveling home through inclement weather (with a pit stop to check on my sister’s bunny during the storm while they’re out of town) = so sleepy.  On the extra plus side, I got to run into Whole Foods for a hot minute, which is always a treat when you live hours away from one.  Hours. Feel bad for me.

Black Bean and Corn Flautas

While I was out shopping, Josh was at home eating leftover flautas.  <– Spell check doesn’t like that word, it prefers taquitos.  Do you know the difference between a flauta and a taquito? It’s all in the tortilla.  Fauta = flour tortilla (wrapped like a flute, for which it’s named) and a taquito is a corn tortilla (i.e., little taco).  Does it matter? Probably not, but if I’m ever on Chopped, I don’t want to be the person Aarón Sánchez is shaking his head at over semantics. Anyone else feel bad when he tears into someone about how there’s no way this sauce could be a mole because those take hours and hours to prepare? It breaks my heart every time.

Black Bean and Corn Flautas

But then I eat a flauta, and my heart is mended.  I’d never even really had a flauta until I had these.  They seem to always be made with chicken so I can’t have them (plus they’re deep fried).  I’ve tried oven baked ones before, and they were kind of blah and not what I’d consider a crispy, delicious flauta.  These are made in a frying pan with a spritz of oil — so much better than deep fried, but you get a more satisfying crunch than the oven.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Black Bean and Corn Flautas
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Serves: 2

  • 1 jalapeno (diced or chopped, ribs removed if you don’t want it spicy)
  • 1 c black beans (canned or cooked)
  • ½ c corn (fresh or frozen + thawed)
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • salt, to taste
  • ½ c shredded cheddar (use Daiya for a vegan swap)
  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas (or make taquitos with 6 corn tortillas)
  • nonstick spray

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Mix all ingredients except the tortillas and spray.
  3. Microwave the tortillas for 30 seconds, until pliable.
  4. Cover half of a tortilla with filling and roll tightly into a cigar shape (1 – 2 inches thick is ideal). Pinch the ends off a little to avoid losing filling.
  5. Spritz the pan with nonstick spray and immediately press the seam side into the hot pan (it will help keep it from unfolding). If you have trouble keeping these rolled, stick a toothpick through them until the seam has crisped into place. Once one side is browned, roll until all sides are brown and crispy. As you roll, you might need to press down to keep the nice, round shape.
  6. Repeat until all tortillas and filling are used (I could cook two at a time in my pan).
  7. Serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt, salsa, and/or guacamole for dipping.
  8. (Best served hot. You can save the filling to cook half later, if desired)

Cook time is based on cooking 2 at a time.
Nutritional estimate is using a total of 4 whole wheat, flour tortillas; it would be similar with 6 corn tortillas (as they’re typically lower in calories).
For gluten free: use corn tortillas and make sure they’re gluten free. For vegan: use a vegan cheese or a couple tablespoons of nutritional yeast + make sure your tortillas are vegan (I’ve noticed some randomly have milk ingredients)

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 flautas Calories: 360 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 61 Fiber: 12 Protein: 22

P.S., This is the first time I ever swapped out sour cream for Greek yogurt on Mexican food and was totally impressed with how well it worked!  We ALWAYS have sour cream in the house (it’s basically my favorite food) but I somehow ended up without it — desperate times call for Greek yogurt, apparently.  I was totally grossed out by the idea at first, but it’s actually totally delicious! Okay, internet, you get a big “I told you so!”

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    Ambar Jul 31, 2014

    Love this recipe!

    Ami@NaiveCookCooks Jul 31, 2014

    These look so delicious and I will totally do these for breakfast!

    Joanna @Makingmine Jul 31, 2014

    These look FAB! I’m new to your blog and love it! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

      Kelly Jul 31, 2014

      Thanks, glad you found your way here 😀

    Joanne Jul 30, 2014

    I actually don’t think I’ve ever had a flauta. Period. Sigh. These look so good! Can’t go wrong with Tex-Mex flavors, ever.

    Monet Jul 29, 2014

    These look so good! Ryan and I were just debating about dinner tomorrow night and I’ve convinced him that these are in order. Thank you for sharing!

      Kelly Jul 29, 2014

      Yay! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy Jul 28, 2014

    Yum! I am sold on anything that has jalapeños in it.
    I am so ready for another weekend too – it went too quickly.

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Jul 28, 2014

    Don’t you just LOVE super simple and delicious lunches/dinners like these? Anything that I can make in under 30 minutes is perfect for a week night meal.

    cheri Jul 28, 2014

    Hi Kelly, week-ends are never long enough, that is for sure. Love these flautas!

    Julia Jul 28, 2014

    Bridesmade dress shopping = bane of my existence! So I didn’t know the dif between flautas and toquitos until you explained it, and now all I can think about is dipping my flauta into mole sauce that may or may not have been slow cooked for hours on end, because f it, I’ll eat mole whether it took 17 hours or 17 minutes! P.S. I LOVES me some yogurt in place of sour cream…like almost obsessively. 😀 I need these in my face hole.

    marcie Jul 28, 2014

    Your comment about Aaron Sanchez cracked me up! It’s so true. 🙂 These “flautas” look amazing — love the black bean and corn combination!

      Kelly Jul 28, 2014

      Josh and I sit around critiquing eachother Aaron-style allll the time. Sometimes you just have to eat the food and not care what to call it!

    Em @ Love A Latte Jul 28, 2014

    YES I am ready for the weekend. Even though it is only Monday morning at 10:15AM. I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I never knew what a flauta was before, but I can tell I would love them!