Floral Pattern



▢vegetable or canola oil, for frying ▢3 cups shredded cooked chicken, or shredded beef ▢1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese ▢½ cup salsa, store-bought or homemade ▢1 (4-ounce) can diced chiles ▢garlic salt with parsley flakes, to taste ▢pepper, to taste ▢12 (6-inch) flour tortillas (or corn tortillas) ▢salt, to taste Toppings ▢shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, green salsa, guacamole, Cilantro Ranch dressing


Preheat the oven to the warm setting or about 200°F Fill a large saucepan with about ¾ inch oil. Heat over medium heat to 375°F.


In a medium bowl, combine chicken, cheese, salsa, diced chiles, garlic salt, and pepper.


Working with 4 tortillas at a time, spread a heaping spoonful of chicken filling along the middle of each tortilla. Roll the tortillas tightly around the filling and secure each one with a toothpick.


Using tongs, hold each flauta in hot oil until firm, then release to continue cooking. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then remove to a paper towel–lined plate and immediately season with salt.


Transfer flautas to a foil-lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while assembling and cooking the remaining tortillas. Serve warm with toppings.