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We had extra chicken to use for dinner and the first thing that came to mind was some kind of Mexican dish. With Mexican dishes, there is always the thought of cheesy and spicy food. A meal that everyone loves at our house.
Flautas are traditionally fried, but we though they tasted great anyways (we actually didn't know what to call these originally).
Next, were measured out all of the ingredients so that everything was ready to go. When the taco spices were measured out, the smell was great; we couldn't wait to bake them. Then, the cool cream cheese and two kinds of cheeses where going to make these very good.
You can add more of the taco spice if you prefer a spicier dish. The choice is up to you!
Making the baked flautas:
To start, we cooked up the chicken and cut them into little pieces. You can always buy a rotisserie chicken at the store and cut up the chicken (without the skin); It works great and is easy. Who doesn't love the short cut with rotisserie chicken now a days.
The next step is easy peasy, just put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Make sure to let the cream cheese sit out till room temperature.
With the cream cheese soft, it doesn't take long to have everything mixed together.
Now that the ingredients are all mixed, it's time to get the flour tortillas ready! Just turn on a pan on to medium high heat and set each tortilla in the pan for a few seconds. You just want them to be a little pliable. We do all of them at once and let them sit on a plate covered with a tea towel.
Next, take one of the tortillas and put enough fajita mix on it all the way to the end. Try and keep the mix closer to one side of the tortilla and not so much in the middle; it just makes it easier to roll.
Put the flautas into a baking pan, about 13" by 9", and put as many as you can fit in it. Remember, people love these and they will get eaten! Bake them at 425ºF for about 12 to 15 minutes. Watch them when it is close to the time so they do not burn.
Now, it is time for you to set out the sides so that everyone can have what they want with these delicious flautas.
We have salsa and sour cream (you can even drizzle some crema over the flautas), but you can also serve them with guacamole, chips, sweet corn cakes, black beans and rice. Whatever you add will be good, Enjoy!
- 3 Cups cooked chicken, cut into small pieces
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 ¼ cups sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup Monterey jack cheese
- 1 tsp. taco seasoning
- ½ tsp. salt
- Take the cooked chicken that are very small pieces and put into a bowl.
- Add the softened cream cheese along with the other cheeses into the bowl with the chicken.
- Mix together until it is all combined.
- Add the taco seasoning and salt and mix to incorporate.
- Take a small burrito flour tortilla and put in a hot pan for a few second on both sides. Set them aside on a plate until they are all done.
- Take some of the chicken mixture and put it along the side of a tortilla and then wrap up as tightly as you can.
- Put in a pan and bake in the oven at 425 for about 12 to 15 minutes. Watch they don't burn.