SWEET CORN AND GREEN CHILE BAKED FLAUTAS
If you know what flautas are, then we don’t need to sell you on them. if you don’t know what flautas are, then grab your lunch box because we’re taking your ass to school. Serve them with salsa and guacamole if you’re feeling fancy.
MAKES ABOUT 12 FLAUTAS USING STANDARD FLOUR TORTILLAS
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow or white onion (about 1⁄2 onion)
2 teaspoons chili powder
3⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups cooked pinto beans
1 can (4 ounces) mild green chiles*
Juice of 1⁄2 lime
1 cup sweet corn kernels**
12 flour tortillas
1 Crank your oven to 400°F. Grab a large baking sheet and coat it with a little cooking spray.
2 Heat up the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and throw in the onion. Cook until the onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic and cook for another 30 seconds and then turn off the heat.
3 Throw the beans, chiles, and lime juice together in a big-ass bowl. Mash them up using a potato masher or a spoon until a paste forms. It’s cool if there are some whole beans left here and there; you don’t need to spend the whole goddamn day mashing. Fold in the sautéed onions and corn and stir that up. Your filling is ready.
4 Using a griddle, your oven, or the microwave, warm up the tortillas. Grab about 2 heaping tablespoons of the filling and spread that in a nice line toward the edge of the left side of one of the tortillas from top to bottom. Then roll that up nice and tight from left to right. You could even put a small smear of beans toward the other end of the tortilla to help that stay shut.
Place the flauta seam side down on the baking sheet about an inch or two away from its flauta brethren. Make sure the filling got all the way to the ends and then adjust how you distribute the filling the next time. Damn. Keep going until you run out of tortillas or filling.
5 Lightly coat them all with cooking spray and bake for 10 minutes. When you pull them out, the bottoms should be golden—if not, stick them in for another couple minutes. When the bottoms look good, turn them over and bake those bitches until they’re golden and crispy on both sides, another 5 to 7 minutes. Serve warm topped with lettuce and salsa if you want to impress some people.