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Flautas de Rajas Con Queso. Poblano and Cheese Flautas!

Roasted poblano strips with soft queso fresco! A delicious meatless option for one of the most popular dishes in Mexico. Flautas!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


For Salsa

  • 6 large tomatillos 1 pound
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 jalapeños or 2 serranos
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1/4-1/3 cup cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tbs silver tequila optional
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Salt to taste

For Flautas

  • Grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 Poblanos previously roasted, cleaned and sliced into strips
  • 16 oz queso fresco or panela Reserve 4 ounces of queso. Slice the remaining cheese into 12 long and skinny sticks
  • 1 cup Mexican Crema
  • 4 cups Lettuce shredded
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 White onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado sliced
  • Lime wedges


For Salsa

  • Peel and wash the tomatillos. Remove stems from chile peppers. Add tomatillos, onion, garlic and chile peppers to a pot of simmering water, Cook just until tomatillos turn from bright green to opaque green. Do let allow them to tear open. Remove from heat and let ingredients cool.
  • When ready, use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer tomatillos, onion, garlic and peppers to the blender. Pour in 1/2 cup of the cooking water from the pot into the blender. Add cilantro, lime, tequila and salt to taste. Blend on high until very smooth. Taste for salt.

For Flautas

  • Brush the corn tortillas on both sides with the oil. Cook for a about 20 seconds on each side on preheated comal or griddle. Transfer to a plate. Loosely cover with foil paper and let sit for 10 minutes. This extra step seals the tortillas better so they don't tear when you fill and roll them. A good quality tortilla is key also!
  • In a skillet, preheat 2 cups of oil to medium heat for 6-8 minutes.
  • While the oil heats up, fill each tortilla with a few poblano strips and 1 stick of cheese. Rol as tight as you can. Place two flautas side by side, so the seams are on the inside touching each other. Secure one toothpick on each end to hold the flautas together.
  • When oil is hot, carefully place some of the flautas in the skillet. Do not overcrowd the skillet. Fry for 3-4 minutes per side or until flautas are very crispy.
  • Transfer cooked flautas to a bowl that is lined with paper towels. Stand the flautas up against the side of the bowl so the excess oil drains out.
  • When ready, add flautas to serving plate. Crumble the reserved cheese. Spoon salsa onto flautas generously. Garnish with crema, crumbled queso, lettuce, tomato onion, avocado and lime.


The tomatillo avocado salsa can certainly be prepared without the tequila. It's one of my all time favorite recipes! I developed a few recipes using tequila and this one worked out well. my friends really enjoyed it! I definitely would prepare it again using tequila.