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Chicken and Black Bean Flautas on a plate

Chicken and Black Bean Flautas

These Chicken and Black Bean Flautas are an easy Mexican appetizer or main dish filled with chicken, salsa, black beans, and Pepper Jack cheese. Top it with a chipotle cream sauce and guacamole.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 20 flautas


  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese (can also use cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 (10 count) Old el Paso soft flour tortillas
  • oil for brushing or frying (see note)

Chipotle Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers (see Note)
  • 1 lime juiced

Additional Toppings: guacamole, pico de gallo, onions, cilantro


  1. In a large bowl, add the chicken, cheese, black beans, and salsa. Mix to combine.  Place about 1/4 cup of the filling down the center of each tortilla and roll up tightly.

  2. There are several ways you can make these: baked, fried, or pan fried. For Baked: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place flautas seam side down on the pan. Brush with oil and bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. For Fried: Fill a pan up with oil enough for frying. Heat to medium high heat and fry for just a couple of minutes or until golden brown. Pan Fried: Place a couple of tablespoons in a skillet. Fry a couple of flautas at a time, browning all sides.

For the Chipotle Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, adobe sauce, and lime juice.  Add more adobo sauce to taste. 

  2. Serve whole or slice in half on a diagonal. Drizzle flautas with chipotle cream and top with desired toppings like guacamole, pico de gallo, and cilantro.

Recipe Notes

Chipotle peppers can be found in the Mexican aisle. Since most recipes call for only 1 or 2 chipotle peppers or adobo sauce, you can freeze the rest for later use. My family doesn't love chipotle so I leave it out. Don't leave out the lime juice. It gives it a bright fresh flavor.

Baked or Fried? These flautas can be baked for a healthier version or fried. I personally prefer fried but if I'm trying to eat a little healthier I eat baked.