Baked Mexican three cheese flautas is the perfect dish to entertain friends and family on any occasion, but especially during the Cinco de Mayo. What is a flauta? Read on to learn, then make them yourself.
Flautas hail from Mexico. Flautas means flute in Spanish, which is a very accurate word for them. They look like tiny flutes, rolled to perfection. Mexicans eat flautas frequently and all over the country. They’re also known as taquitos, or tacos dorados. No one quite knows exactly where they come from in Mexico, but the fillings vary depending which state you’re in. You can typically find them at street food vendors or farmers markets. In the United States, most authentic Mexican restaurants will serve them too with all the fixings. A standard flauta will always have cheese in it, but many restaurants choose to serve flautas stuffed with seasoned beef or chicken too. On top goes the crema, lettuce, onion, some crumbled cheese, and avocado.
The best thing about Pace is that it goes well with just about everything. Think chicken, enchiladas, beef tips, just don't put it on ice cream, OK! I think you will love the taste of baked Mexican three cheese flautas!
If you don’t have Pace laying around or just want to use up some fresh ingredients, you can feel free to make your own salsa from scratch. Here’s my recipe for a blended salsa verde with mango.
Make it your go to condiment, and you will not be disappointed. Whether you are planning on hearty appetizers, main dishes or just a dipping sauce.
Easy to put together.
How to make flautas that please a crowd? It's easy. First, put the cheese filling on the edge of the tortilla shell, then roll it up like a cigar. Fry in a little oil, just to get the flautas slightly brown. Place on a baking tray. Pour Pace Salsa Verde on top, and sprinkle on some delicious queso fresco, and bake.
Flautas are great for vegetarians, since they only contain cheese and vegetables at the base. They’re great for dinner parties or just having some friends over too, since they are so customizable and you can easily build upon them.
What else can I tell you about Pace? Well, for one the texture. Because different people have different texture and spice preferences this delicious salsa comes in various textures and heat levels to suit as many palates as possible. Whether you like your salsa chunky and spicy or mild and smooth, Pace caters to all salsa varieties.
When you bite into baked Mexican three cheese flautas you get to experience many flavors and textures. Crunchy shells, creamy cheese filling, and the saucy goodness of salsa verde.
One of the main ingredients in salsa verde is tomatillos, a small green tomato covered in a papery husk. They belong to the same botanical family as eggplant, tomatoes, and petunias. Tomatillos were originally cultivated by the Aztecs; and were an integral part of their diet. These little green tomatoes are less sweet than regular red tomatoes, and are slightly more acidic. Tomatillos are denser and less watery too, similar to the texture of an unripe tomato.
If you can’t get your hands on some Pace salsa verde, feel free to substitute with salsa rojo. The main difference between the two is the use of tomatillos in the verde and regular tomatoes in the rojo. It won’t change the taste too much. It’s better to have a red salsa than no salsa at all!
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Baked Mexican Three Cheese Flautas
Baked Mexican Three Cheese Flautas is the perfect dish to serve your family and friends for any occasion. Crunchy, creamy cheese flautas topped with tangy salsa verde, tomatoes and crumbled queso blanco.
- ⅔ cup salsa verde
- 2 Tbsp queso blanco crumbled
- 1 Roma tomato seeded, cored, diced
- ¼ cup green onion sliced
To prepare filling
In a bowl mix Gouda, queso blanco and Cotija. Add pepper and nutmeg and mix well. Stir in the cilantro.
Add beaten egg to the cheese mixture and mix well.
To make the flautas
Preheat oven to 350'F.
Evenly divide the cheese and egg mixture onto the end of each tortilla shell. Roll up tightly to form a cigar shape, and secure with a toothpick.
Heat oil, and pan fry flautas until brown on all sides.
Place flautas on the bottom of a 9"x12" baking pan. Pour the Pace® Salsa Verde over the top of the flautas.
Sprinkle queso blanco over the top.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and pour ½ cup Pace® Salsa Verde on top. Sprinkle with tomatoes, green onions and drizzle with sour cream.