Baked chicken, bean, & cheese flautas

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These little bites of heaven are so easy to make and they can also be a great addition to any party or potluck! You can even cut them into thirds to make bite sized flautas. Since these are baked–not fried or greasy like traditional flautas, there is no need to feel guilty here. Indulge a little and enjoy!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
6 whole wheat tortillas
1 15 ounce can of refried beans (I used black beans)
3 small chicken breasts (cooked & seasoned with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or mexican mixed cheese
1 tsp butter; melted
Optional:
Guacamole (my fav!)
Salsa
Sour Cream

*Try my grilled guacamole recipe by clicking here!

 

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut cooked chicken into small cubes or you can shred it with a fork.

2. Spoon about 2 Tablespoons of beans on each tortilla and then sprinkle with a half of a handful of chicken and then best for last….top with cheese. You can put as much as you want but I sprinkled about 2 Tbsp on each tortilla.

3. Roll tortilla, as you would if you were making cinnamon rolls (roll from end to end). Repeat 6 times with each tortilla. Place flautas on baking sheet and brush melted butter on top (to prevent them from burning). Sprinkle more cheese n top and bake for 15 minutes until everything is melted to perfection. Cut in half and serve with your favorite mexican dips such as salsa and guacamole!

*Quick tip: to cook chicken, spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray or drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil. Cook on medium heat and add chicken. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Cook on both sides for about 4 minutes each or until meat is completely white.

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Baked Beef Taquitos

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My brother came over for dinner last night and he wanted Mexican food…so we made beef tacos and we had left over corn tortillas so we decided to make fresh homemade beef taquitos! They are so good unlike the frozen ones you can buy that are deep fried and filled with fake meat and cheese. These are made clean without all that extra grease and unwanted fat!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
10 small corn tortillas
1 cup taco meet (we used hamburger meat and seasoned it with a packet of taco seasoning)
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Cooking spray

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Wrap corn tortillas in a paper towel and microwave for 10-15 seconds to steam and this will make them soft enough to roll (and not crack).
2. Lightly spray a baking sheet and your ready to roll!….with a spoon, place 1-2 spoonfuls of taco meat in the center of the corn tortilla then sprinkle cheese on top of the meat until its covered (about 1 Tbsp). Roll the corn tortilla and place on baking sheet placing seam-down. With cooking spray, spray the tops of the taquitos to prevent them from cracking. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crunchy!

*For a yummy dipping sauce we used homemade guacamole and then we mixed 2 Tbsp of fresh salsa with 1/2 cup of low-fat sour cream!

Guacamole & Spicy Shrimp Tostadas

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Yield: 4

Ingredients:
20 medium cleaned shrimp; deveined
4 corn tortillas
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 can of refried beans
½ cup Mexican shredded cheese (I use reduced-fat)
1 cup of chopped romaine lettuce
½ cup of spicy salsa
½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp of your favorite hot sauce (I used Tapitio)
pinch of salt and pepper

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In medium size frying pan on medium heat, add oil, shrimp, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, onion powder, salt and pepper until shrimp is cooked (about 7 minutes).

2. Spray corn tortillas with cooking spray on both sides and season lightly with salt. Bake in oven for 8 minutes until crispy. Let cool for 5 minutes.

3. Once tortillas are cooled, add a layer of refried beans, lettuce, cheese, spicy shrimp, salsa, and top with guacamole.

Guacamole
Ingredients:
2 large avocados
½ cup white onion; chopped (you can use a red onion too!)
pinch of salt and pepper
1 tsp lemon or lime juice

Steps:
1. Cube avaocados and put in medium bowl. Add onion, lime or lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mash ingredients with fork until combined or chunky