Main Dishes Recipes — By Ben on 03 October 2008
Flautas de papa


I think it is time for me to get back to posting more frugal dinners for Frugal Fridays. I have been cooking a lot of unexpensive dinners lately, but either the pictures didn’t turn out good, the batteries were dead or I just kept forgetting to take pictures. But now I won’t be able to use the bad pictures excuse. Well, at least the bad lighting excuse. This week I received a new toy I found on eBay. For only 20 some bucks plus shipping costs I got these two very helpful guys:

It is so hard to get good natural light in the winter in this house so I decided to get the extra little help. They really make a difference and the best part is that they were really not that expensive and are very versatile. I really recommend the investment if you are looking for ways to get better food pics. It’s all about lighting!

Anyway, for this edition of Frugal Fridays I made a very simple yet delicious Mexican dish, Flautas de papa or fried potato tacos. It is frugal because all you need for them is corn tortillas, mashed potatoes for the filling, some cheese (grated queso fresco works great), sour cream, shredded lettuce (I added some cabbage, too) and avocado.

The preparation is not at all complicated. First, you have to prepare your mashed potatoes. I boiled some potatoes and garlic cloves togeter with salt. Mashed them, added butter, ground pepper and a little bit of milk. It needs to remain somehow dry.

Before stuffing and rolling the corn tortillas make sure they are warm. If they are cold they will break making it impossible to roll them. I don’t like warming them up in the microwave because the become mushy, but if you do it that way, make sure to wrap them in a kitchen cloth. Once they are warm just stuffed them with the mashed potatoes and fry them. Then top them with the lettuce, grated queso fresco, cream and avocado. That’s it. You’ve got a tasty, frugal dinner.

Remember that Frugal Fridays is all about cooking a dinner for 4 with around $10 US dollars. Right now that the economy is in the verge of collapse we all can use some frugality.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(35) Readers Comments

  1. I wondered what your new photo secret was Ben! Great buy on those photo umbrellas. I’ll have to check them out for myself. Thank you so much for passing this tip along!!

    Oh, and I can’t wait to try out this frugal recipe. Perfect for the sophisticated palate on a budget. ; )

  2. Ben, I love these. I’ve made tacos de papa but somehow I never thought to roll them up like flautas. Great idea. I love your light kit. $20 bucks, great. I had actually found instructions on DIY on how to make your own light kit and just never got around to it. I’ll have to check ebay and see if I can find the same kit you found. The lighting in our house is very poor as well. I can’t believe you’ve never had a pinata. Every Latino kid I know has grown up with having them for birthdays. I’ll send you one for Christmas. Great post my friend.

  3. Then lighting solution is great…I’m off to ebay.fr! Just yesterday I was pondering the same problem – a lot of what i photographed was for dinner so now too late in the day! Flautas de papa look great and there is such a requirement for this ‘frugal’ food which certainly doesn’t look so! Thanks.

  4. That’s a wonderful frugal recipe. Those light umbrellas are necessary for every foody taking pictures every day. If I had an extra table where I could have them permanently installed I’d buy them. It’s not easy to do this having a hungry family waiting to be fed :-P

  5. The picture looks great – Maybe some day I can afford those cool little light umbrella things! :-)

    And the recipe looks fantastic. I love flautas, but have never made them. Maybe I’ll have to give it a try. They look so yummy.

  6. My DS would LOVE these and we have tons of potatoes from our share. Perfect! Thanks, Ben!

  7. I’ll be investing in one of those soon. I love Flautas!

  8. Oh that sounds heavenly with the mashed potatoes! I plan on building a lightbox soon too, this fading light is not helping my photos at all

  9. Looks really good, I really should try my hand at Mexican food.

  10. Nice photography setup!

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