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. congrats on those lights. they really really make life easier – especially now when it’s starting to get darker earlier.
    as for your frugal dish – it might be frugal to the pokcet but it certainly is not to the taste. lovely!

  2. Very cool set up Ben :)

  3. Just love your new toy and not expensive at all. Your dish is simple and so adorable!

  4. Looks great—I have trouble with a dark kitchen being bad for photography too. And also DEFINITELY need to make more frugal meals. Thanks!

  5. Ben the flautas look awesome. I love your whole presentation and the avocado on top. That filling sounds so frugalesque and delicious. Awesome job, and congrats on your new umbrellas :)

  6. Thank you for reminding me about these! Living in Texas I always forget to make Mexican food at home. We go out to eat it a lot, but it’s hard to find places that put potatoes in flautas and enchiladas down here. Deeeeeee-Licious!

  7. Loving the new lighting system Ben. I wish I had one too…maybe I will check out E-Bay as you did. <ust not forget the food either because this looks like a delicious dish:D

  8. Here’s more proof that one can eat well and on a budget. The “photo studio” looks good, I have to get on that.

  9. Great lighting system Ben! Now that I’m moved into my new (bigger!) place, I’m going to try to get a makeshift light box set up :D

  10. your picture looks great… made your Flautas de papa look more appetizing… :)

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