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Tacos are an everyday event in Mexico with many different fillings. When tacos are rolled tightly and pan-fried until crisp so they resemble tubes or “flutes,” they become flautas. This delicious, crunchy variation of tacos comes from Jalisco, Mexico, where it is a popular snack food. Here, chicken stewed with tomato sauce and onions is the filling of choice, but can be substituted for steak or pork. Whichever protein you choose, the flautas should be prepared and eaten right away for the best taste.
plus 2 tbsp. GOYA® Vegetable Oil, divided
yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
GOYA® Minced Garlic or 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (8 oz.)
GOYA® Tomato Sauce
shredded chicken, (see tip below)
chopped fresh cilantro
GOYA® Corn Tortillas
Shredded iceberg lettuce, for garnish
Mexican crema, or sour cream thinned with water to runny consistency, for garnish
Crumbled GOYA® Queso Fresco, for garnish
Preheat oven to 200°F. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in medium skillet over medium- high heat. Add onions and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add tomato sauce; pour water into empty tomato sauce can and swirl before adding to pan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, about 2-3 minutes. Stir shredded chicken and cilantro into skillet; cook, stirring to coat chicken in sauce until mixture is warmed through; season with Adobo; remove from heat and set aside.
Heat remaining vegetable oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Cook the tortillas quickly, one at a time, submerging completely in oil, until soft and pliable, but not crisp, about 5 seconds each; drain on paper towel.
To form flautas, spoon about 1½ tbsp. chicken filling into center of tortilla; roll tightly to enclose filling, making cigar shape. Secure seam side of tortilla with toothpick. Repeat with remaining tortillas and chicken to make 16 flautas.
Reheat oil in skillet. Add prepared flautas to skillet seam side down, adding only as many as fit comfortably in pan without touching. Cook, flipping occasionally, until browned and crispy on all sides; about 5 minutes. Transfer to baking pan and keep warm in oven until remaining flautas are cooked.
To serve, arrange shredded lettuce on serving platter; top with flautas. Drizzle with crema and sprinkle with cheese.
For the easiest shredded chicken, pick up a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store, remove the bones and skin, and shred with two forks. One whole rotisserie chicken generally yields about 4 cups shredded. To prepare 2 cups shredded chicken at home, transfer 1½ lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts to medium pot; add cold water to cover completely; Add 1 packet GOYA® Cubitos Chicken Bouillon and 1 bay leaf. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes until meat is cooked through (internal temperature of 165°F) and tender; let chicken cool in broth. When cool enough to handle, transfer to cutting board; remove and discard bone and skin. Using two forks, shred chicken. Reserve broth for a different use.
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