Air-Fryer Flautas Recipe

If you don't yet have an air fryer, what's the hold up? Air fryers are all the rage as of late, and rightfully so. You can truly make so many tasty things in the air fryer and often with little to no oil, resulting in a healthier "fried" food. The most basic of which is air fryer roasted potatoes, which is a true staple for any air fryer owner. But if you want to take your air fryer skills to the next level, this recipe is for you.

Recipe developer and health coach Miriam Hahn is a pro when it comes to air fryer recipes. She brings us this recipe for air fryer flautas that she likes to serve with typical Mexican food fare. She says it is "super fun to have a Mexican food night and have these with these easy jackfruit tacos." She also says that Spanish quinoa rice pairs well with these flautas — really, you can't go wrong with pairing options here.

Gather your ingredients for air fryer flautas

To make these air-fryer flautas, you can start by gathering your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need white onion, garlic, refried beans, green chilis, chili powder, ground cumin, 6 inch tortillas, avocado oil, and optional toppings of avocado, tomato, red onion, cheese, guacamole, and salsa. Hahn notes that her "favorite ingredient in this recipe is the green chilis...they make it so tasty!"

Make the flauta filling

Let's get started on the flauta filling. In a medium bowl, add the onion, garlic, beans, green chiles, chili powder, and cumin. Using a spoon, stir this mixture until it is combined. Make sure that all the components are thoroughly mixed. Then, scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a tortilla and roll, leaving the ends open. Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.

Air fry the flautas

Now, get out your air fryer. Open the drawer and place the rolled up flautas seam side-down into the basket. Brush the tops of each flauta with oil. Then, turn the air fryer to 380 F and cook for 12 to 14 minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy.

Hahn tells us, "I love making these in the air fryer for so many reasons. First off you don't have to wait on a preheating oven, making it quicker and I also like avoiding heating up the house with the oven! They come out crispy with minimal oil so this is a very healthy meal."

Don't have an air fryer? Don't fret. Hahn says, "If you don't have an air fryer, you can bake in your oven using the convection setting for the same time and temperature."

Add optional toppings and serve with dips

Now you can enjoy as is or you can serve alongside some tasty dips. Hahn notes that "these are great to serve with guacamole and really good if you have fresh pico de gallo."

If you have any leftovers, Hahn recommends storing them in a "glass container in the fridge and warming up in the air fryer is the easiest and they crisp back up. They only need about 3 minutes."

Air-Fryer Flautas Recipe
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These air fryer flautas are easy to make and are perfect for a quick meal or snack.
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flautas with salsa and avocado
Total time: 22 minutes
  • ¼ cup white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chilis
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 12 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the onion, garlic, beans, green chilis, chili powder, and cumin.
  2. Put about 2 tablespoons of this mixture in each tortilla and roll up tightly, leaving the ends open. Place them seam side-down in the air fryer. Brush the tops lightly with oil.
  3. Turn the air fryer to 380 F and cook for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they turn a golden brown. You may have to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  4. Top the flautas off with garnishes of your choice, including avocado, tomato, red onion, cheese, guacamole, and salsa as options.
Calories per Serving 559
Total Fat 14.7 g
Saturated Fat 2.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 90.2 g
Dietary Fiber 8.4 g
Total Sugars 5.0 g
Sodium 1,622.8 mg
Protein 17.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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