Baked Shredded Beef and Cheese Flautas

11 12 2013

I was making my trusty Beef-n-Noodles (https://thisgirlsgottaeat.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/beef-n-noodles/) the other night when I decided to save some of the shredded beef to make another meal out of (which I think is brilliant and will do from now on BTW). Now, que my thought for flautas….which are tortillas that have been filled and rolled up into a tube or “flute”. The perfect vessel for using up leftover meat like the shredded beef I saved! These flautas are easy thanks to the leftover beef, deliciously creamy with a spicy kick, AND healthy – my favorite part!

Baked Shredded Beef and Cheese Flautas

Baked Shredded Beef and Cheese Flautas

The following makes 6-8 flautas (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 2 cups shredded beef, could also use leftover ground beef, chicken or turkey
  • 2 Tbsp pureed chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Couple tablespoons of low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 heaping cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • Whole wheat tortillas (6-8 depending on what size you use)
  • Reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 375.

In a bowl combine the pureed chipotles, cream cheese and beef broth. Add the broth a tablespoon at a time until the mixture thins out slightly and becomes creamy. Next, add the beef and combine.

Warm the tortillas in the microwave in a damp towel for a minute so they’re easier to roll. Place some of the beef mixture onto the center of the tortilla (make sure not to overstuff), top with a little shredded cheese and roll up. Place seam-side down on a non-stick baking sheet. Continue stuffing and rolling the rest of the flautas.

Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.

Garnish flautas with cilantro or parsley and serve with a side of black beans (like pictured above), rice or a salad.

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