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. That looks great! I have a tortilla press and some tortilla cornflour. I should try these. How do you fry them without them opening up?

  2. I think I’m going to have to break down and buy some good lighting – you photo looks great (and mouth-watering!)

  3. Oh, I dream of that toy!!!! One day, maybe!!! As for the flautas, they look super delicious!!!

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  5. AY! Umbrella envy!!! I mean, the flautas look delicious and everything…but those LIGHTS! *cries* I need to go to Spanish ebay and see if there is anyone selling those. 20 bucks?! What a steal!!!

  6. Hey Ben, thanks for stopping by. I love Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. There are so many legends and stories that surround the two. I’m still afraid of La Llorona. Talk to you later. BTY, I just signed up for your forum.

  7. These flautas look so yummy. I would never have thought of doing this which is why I love your recipes. I’m not so good at thinking “outside the box…” My mom always made these little mashed potato pancakes with our left over dinner potatoes when I was little and they were delicious — like I’ll bet these flautas are. And lucky you for those lights. I still haven’t gotten mine — but close. Such a procrastinator. And thanks for the reminder. I keep forgetting about frugal Friday. *sigh*

  8. I love flautas! These look beautiful! I think your photos look great! :)

  9. Man, I hear ya on the light thing. Winter is the worst time to be a food photographer! I have a janky Home Depot sunlamp bulb in one of those cheap metal cone lamps, with a cheesecloth draped over it to diffuse the light. I really wanna go to the camera store for something better, though!

    The flautas look amazing, but not because of the lights. :)

  10. Hi Ben, I love your pictures and blog. Came across your photo in Mexican Food Flickr group. I’ll be stopping by quite often now!

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