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Old 07-15-2008, 08:34 PM   #11
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:39 PM   #12
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Mexican can mean so many (delicious) things!
Besides tacos and burritos, another good one is flautas. I just use leftover pot roast, or if you want to start from scratch, put a small beef roast (like a chuck or something not expensive) into the crock pot (8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high), along with some minced garlic (or jarred powdered garlic), chopped onion, an 8 oz. can of Ortega diced chiles (or more, if you'd like), a can of diced jalepenos (if you like 'em), some beef broth (I recommend Wolfgang Puck's - it's good and you can pronounce everything in the ingredient listing), a squeeze of lime juice, a shake of salt and pepper, some cumin seasoning and maybe a handful of chopped cilantro. (It's all to taste, and there's no wrong way to do it)
Then, once the meat's done, put it on a large platter & shred it by using two forks.
At this point, you can refrigerate it, in it's juices, if you want to make the meal the next day.
Next step: lay out about a half dozen paper towels, stacked, on top of a brown paper bag or a piece of foil. This will keep your kitchen counter clean. Preheat the oven to 375.
In a frying pan, heat up a bit of canola oil on a med-high setting on the stove(if you have plain vegetable oil, that's fine too). Carefully, place one flour tortilla in the oil. Wait about 20-30 seconds and then flip it over with tongs (don't use a fork - you'll make a hole) After another 30-40 seconds, take it out and lay it on the paper towels.
Put about 3 Tbsp. worth of the meat mixture in a line down the middle. Roll the tortilla but don't tuck in the ends. It should look like a flute (thus, the name "flauta"). Use a toothpick to keep the flute closed at the seam - like an in and out of a stitch.
Lay it, seam side down on a cookie sheet. (foil lined if you don't want a lot of clean up). Do this till you've exhausted your supply of tortillas. Bake till they're golden and crispy without being burnt.

Serve by dipping in a good guacamole -
easiest one (and my personal fav):
mash together an avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice (about 2 tsp or so), a small shake of salt, pepper if you want, and a few shakes of tapatio or tabasco.

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Old 07-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Fisher's Mom View Post
I wanna eat at your house, Dina!
Come on over dear. Mi casa es su casa.
If you have much, give of your wealth. If you have little, give of your heart. - Arab proverb
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:54 PM   #14
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Puedes el bano??

It's just about the only thing I remembered from Spanish class, LOL. Maybe somebody already mentioned this but I love chicken quesadillas, or cheese, or chicken and cheese, or my new favorite BBQ chicken quesadillas!
Very easy to do in the frying pan, too!

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