Simple Bean and Cheese Flautas: These Tex-Mex "flutes" are filled with pepper jack cheese and a quick black bean and corn mash. A plate of them makes for great appetizers or stack up a few and make a quick meal out of them! | macheesmo.com
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Simple Bean and Cheese Flautas

Today we are discussing edible musical instruments. I think it goes without saying that flute is the tastiest of musical instruments. This is known, right?

After all, I don’t know any Tex-Mex foods that are called the “saxofon” or “guitarra.”

Oh, but the flauta is such an easy and delicious thing. For these simple flautas, be sure to use the soft flour tortillas so they roll easily. I kept my filling basic with some black beans, onions, corn, and cheese (obviously).

I’m perfectly happy to make a meal out of a few of these flutes, but they make great party appetizers also. Get rollin’!

Simple Bean and Cheese Flautas: These Tex-Mex "flutes" are filled with pepper jack cheese and a quick black bean and corn mash. A plate of them makes for great appetizers or stack up a few and make a quick meal out of them! | macheesmo.com

Bean and Cheese Flautas

Just a moment please...

Yield
12 Flautas
Prep Time
Total Time

This simple Tex-Mex recipe is easy to whip up even on a weeknight. Great as an appetizer or a meal served with toppings!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 (15-oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup sweet corn
6 oz. pepper jack cheese
Super soft small or medium flour tortillas
Salt and pepper

For serving:

Cilantro
Salsa
Sour cream
Avocado
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Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook for a few minutes to soften.

2) Add diced jalapeno, cumin, chili powder, black beans (drained and rinsed) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes to warm through.

3) Add corn along with 1/2 cup of water and lightly mash mixture in the skillet. Some texture is good.

4) Working with one soft flour tortilla at a time (microwave it for 5 seconds if it isn’t very flexible), add about 2 tablespoons of bean filling and a small pinch of grated cheese. Roll the tortilla tightly into a “flute” shape. Place the tortilla seam-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can secure the tortilla with a toothpick, but you probably don’t need to.

5) Repeat until you use all the filling. You should get 12 good sized flautas. Bake the flautas at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes until cheese is bubbling and tortillas are lightly browned.

Let flautas cool briefly and serve with sour cream, salsa, avocado, and cilantro.

Bean and Cheese Flautas

Before we make some flutes, let’s talk filling. Personally, I really like a bean mixture as a filling. While you could use meat, I think this works best.

Start by adding some butter to a skillet along with some diced onion and spices.

Bean and Cheese Flautas Filling

Starting the filling.

This filling is pretty flexible so feel free to make it your own on the spice front. You could make it smoky with some paprika or spicier with cayenne pepper.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to rinse the black beans before adding them. I like to add some corn and fresh jalapeno also.

Bean and Cheese Flautas filling

Everybody in.

Cook that all together for a few minutes over medium heat and then use a potato masher to lightly mash it up in the skillet. You’ll want to add about 1/2 cup of water to this to help with the mashing. Don’t over-mash the beans though. Some texture is good.

Bean and Cheese Flautas filling

A quick mash.

Making the Flautas

I prefer to use the Super Soft style of flour tortilla for these so they roll easily. If your tortillas aren’t very flexible you can microwave them for 5 seconds to loosen them up. If you use corn tortillas, you’ll have to fry them in oil briefly to loosen them up (see my homemade taquitos for an example).

Add a few spoonfuls of bean mixture to each tortilla and a pinch of cheese. Don’t add too much cheese or they will just explode.

Bean and Cheese Flautas

Easy to work with!

Then just roll them into a tight cylinder. A flute, if you will!

Bean and Cheese Flautas

Rolled up!

Place all your flautas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to place them seam side down so they stay rolled. You could secure them with a toothpick, but as long as you don’t overfill them, they should stay put without the toothpicks.

Bean and Cheese Flautas

Seam side down!

Bake these guys at 350 degrees F. for about 15 minutes. They are done with the tortillas are crispy and lightly browned and the filling is bubbly.

Bean and cheese Flautas

BOOM.

Once the bean and cheese flautas are baked, they won’t unroll.

Serve these delicious flutes with sour cream, avocado, salsa, and cilantro.

Delicious little guys!

Simple Bean and Cheese Flautas: These Tex-Mex "flutes" are filled with pepper jack cheese and a quick black bean and corn mash. A plate of them makes for great appetizers or stack up a few and make a quick meal out of them! | macheesmo.com

Simple Bean and Cheese Flautas: These Tex-Mex "flutes" are filled with pepper jack cheese and a quick black bean and corn mash. A plate of them makes for great appetizers or stack up a few and make a quick meal out of them! | macheesmo.com

3 comments on “Simple Bean and Cheese Flautas

  1. Yum. I love flautas! I would probably go with corn tortillas here, but I don’t them fry in oil first. You can microwave the corn ones to loosen them too! You just need to sprinkle each side with a few drops of water and cover the stack with a couple paper towels to hold in the moisture. It may take 15-20 seconds, but I’d check them every 5 seconds to be safe.

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