Beef Flautas

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour 20 min. Cook: 5 min/batch.


20 flautas

Updated: Jun. 29, 2023
This traditional Mexican flautas recipe is one of my favorite dishes to make for my family. The spices and onion give the meat so much flavor!—Maria Goclan, Katy, Texas
Beef Flautas Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 pounds fresh beef brisket
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 20 corn or flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Optional toppings: Guacamole, sour cream and salsa


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Brown brisket on all sides. Add onions, peppers, water and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat; cool slightly. Shred meat with 2 forks. Drain onion mixture; add to meat. Spoon 1/4 cup beef mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and secure with toothpicks. In a cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry flautas, in batches, for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
  3. Drain on paper towels. Remove toothpicks. If desired, serve with toppings.

Beef Flautas Tips

What is the difference between flautas and taquitos?

The difference between flautas and taquitos is that flautas are made with flour tortillas and taquitos are made with corn tortillas. Check out our pork taquitos, meatball taquitos and air-fryer taquitos!

How do you make flautas without breaking the tortillas?

To make flautas without breaking the tortillas, warm them for 10-15 seconds in the microwave to make them more pliable when filling.

How do you eat flautas?

Flautas are considered finger food, so there is no need for a fork or knife. You can try different toppings and dipping sauces for a casual meal. Want more authentic Mexcian fare? Try posole, tamales and churros. Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Beef Brisket
This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.

Nutrition Facts

1 flauta: 162 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.

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