Want to know a secret? I always have the ingredients to make Salsa Verde Chicken Flautas or Taquitos on hand. Plus, they take less than 10 minutes to put together and cook in less than 15 minutes. On nights when I don’t want to make anything, it really helps to have everything already prepped. Then, all I have to do is assemble, cook, and I’m done. I’m sure you’ve felt that relief too! And if you haven’t, this is a great recipe for you to try!
To make them, I pull out two, single-serving, portions of my previously prepped salsa verde chicken from my freezer, and heat them up in them microwave for a minute to a minute and a half. Then, I portion the salsa verde chicken on a flour or corn tortilla, roll it up, and cook it in the air fryer. While they cook, I quickly make guacamole from fresh avocados, sour cream, salsa, and spices. And I have a delicious, complete, comforting meal in less than 30 minutes!
I usually make these with low-carb flour tortillas, and I never thought twice about calling them salsa verde chicken taquitos. However, after researching a few recipes, I learned that taquitos are usually made corn tortillas, and flautas are usually made with a flour tortillas. I’ve made them with both corn and flour tortillas, so use (and call them) whatever works best for your and your diet.
Salsa Verde Chicken Flautas Cooking Methods
I prefer using my Go-Wise Air fryer to make the salsa verde chicken flautas because it cooks faster than if I use the oven. The air fryer also cooks the tortillas more evenly, and the crispness of the tortillas is very similar to the crispness of deep frying the flautas.
Although, I learned air fryers function similarly to convection ovens. So, do not fret if you do not have an air fryer because you can still make this recipe in a standard or convection oven.
Depending on whether you use an air fryer or oven, you will only need to adjust the temperature and cooking time when making this recipe.
Before cooking using either method, don’t forget to spray the flautas with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt! Doing this adds a “little something extra” that is delicious with the filling and the guacamole.
I own (and LOVE) the 3.7 quart Go-Wise Air Fryer. It’s the perfect size for my husband and me. Although, I definitely recommend getting the biggest sized air fryer you can afford. Otherwise, you might need to cook your food in batches. Even now, I’m tempted to upgrade to the 12 quart GoWise Air Fryer Deluxe. Then again, I’m just as tempted to upgrade my standard oven and buy a convection oven. Haha.
To cook the salsa verde chicken taquitos or flautas in the Air Fryer, set the cooking temperature to 400 degrees. Then, cook for 12 minutes flipping the taquitos or flautas over half-way through cooking time.
Convection or Standard Oven
After an air fryer, a convection oven is the next best way to cook the salsa verde chicken flautas or taquitos. A convection oven has fans that circulate air around food that cook food faster than a conventional oven. These can also be cooked in a standard oven, but you may not achieve the same browning and crispness as using another method. Since, I am not frying these in a vat of oil, I will gladly take the compromise of not having as crisp of skin.
To cook the salsa verde chicken flautas or taquitos in the oven, place the them on a baking sheet. Then, set the oven temperature to 425 degrees. Cook for 15-18 minutes. Be sure to check them at 15 minutes to make sure the edges do not burn.
Salsa Verden Chicken Flautas Toppings/Sides
Here’s a trick for using avocados. You can keep them on the counter until they are the desired ripeness, then store them in the fridge! This helps slow the ripening process. There’s nothing worse than needing an avocado only to find it has over-ripened.
Avocados can also be frozen for 3-6 months, and they are perfect to use to make guacamole.
According to my husband, the brand of salsa used in the guacamole has to be Pace. Nothing else tastes the same.
To make the guacamole, wash the avocado skins, and cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit from the avocado. Then, scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients (sour cream, salsa, and spices), and serve immediately with the Salsa Verde Chicken Flautas and Taquitos!
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Salsa Verde Chicken Flautas or Taquitos with Fresh Guacamole
Salsa Verde Chicken Flautas
- 1 recipe Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken
- 8, 8 in Tortillas Flour or Corn
- 3 large Avocados
- 1/2 cup Sour Cream
- 1/2 cup Salsa
- 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
Salsa Verde Chicken Flauta Preparation
- Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel or cloth and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Divide salsa verde chicken evenly on each tortilla, and roll tortilla up on one side.
- Spray air fryer with cooking spray, and add rolled flautas into air fryer. Spray tops of flautas with cooking spray and sprinkle the tops of the flautas with salt.
- Air fry at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, flipping flautas half way through.*
- Wash the outside of the avocado skin with water to remove any dirt or bacteria.
- Using a sharp knife, slice avocados in half and carefully remove the pit.
- Scoop out the avocado flesh from the skin and place in a medium-sized mixing bowl, and mash the avocado with a fork until smooth.
- Add sour cream, salsa, onion powder, garlic powder, and seasoned salt, and mix until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately.
For quick reference, find my recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken here.