What do you do when it’s hot inside and out?? You heat the oven up to 400 degrees so you can participate in MoFo with the planned meal of the day. God forbid you deviate from the plan. And I don’t sweat, I mean physically, I don’t sweat…it’s a gift. If I tell myself that enough it may come true, right? Visualize what you want and poof zoomerang there it is.
Back to Flautas…this was a meal I made often when my kids were little. It’s cheap and fast and made with ingredients you usually have around the house and if you don’t have something you can substitute that’s what cooking is all about. This recipe was in a Vegetarian Times Magazine years ago, I looked on their site to see if I could find it and it wasn’t there, so I’m taking the liberty of publishing my memorized version.
Black Bean Flautas
- 1 can of black beans, undrained
- 1 tsp chile powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1 bay leaf
- 5 or 6 whole wheat tortillas
- 1 tomato, diced finely
- 3 green onions, chopped finely
- 1/2 c. Pepperjack Daiya
- salsa, sour cream, cilantro, etc for topping
Dump the can of beans and their liquid into a saucepan. Add spices and bay leaf and simmer for 10 minutes over low heat. Take off the heat, drain, but don’t throw away the liquid just yet. Oh and make sure you take the bay leaf out. Come on, admit it, you’ve left a bay leaf in your spaghetti sauce before, haven’t you? Put the beans back in the pot and mash them with a little of their liquid until you have the consistency you desire. I like mine
chubby chunky, so I don’t use a lot of liquid. Also this is a good excuse to get out your vintage potato masher, you know. Put a couple of tablespoons of beans down the center of one tortilla. Top with chopped tomato, onion, and some Daiya. Roll it up tightly, flauta means flute so you get the idea. Place it seam side down in a baking dish. Repeat until you run out of beans or tortillas. Pop the pan in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Serve with the toppings of your choice. I had a side of Spanish rice and sliced avocado with a squirt of lime juice and smoked sea salt with chile flakes. Yummo.