Beef Flautas with Buttermilk-Avocado Crema Recipe

This restaurant favorite is easy to make at home, even on a weeknight. While the oil heats, set up an assembly line with the cooked meat, tortillas, and egg wash, and get rolling!

Beef Flautas with Buttermilk-Avocado Crema
Photo: Stephen DeVries
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 flautas)


  • 1 pound fresh Mexican chorizo, casings removed (3 links)

  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 pound ground chuck

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 12 (6-inch) flour tortillas

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1/3 cup canola oil

  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. Crumble chorizo in a large skillet, and cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add ground chuck, chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt; cook, stirring often, until beef is browned and done, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cilantro.

  2. Using a slotted spoon, divide chorizo-beef mixture evenly among tortillas (about 1/4 cup per tortilla), placing mixture just below center of each tortilla. Roll tortilla over filling, leaving about 1 inch of tortilla exposed. Brush exposed edge with a small amount of beaten egg; press gently to seal roll.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium; fry flautas, in batches, until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

  4. Process avocado, sour cream, buttermilk, lime juice, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor until smooth. Serve flautas with crema.

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