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How Are Flautas and Taquitos Different?

Burning Question: Are a Flauta and a Taquito the Same Thing?

Following my latest Name That Dish! challenge, I was surprised to note that many people considered a flauta and a taquito to be the same thing. Being from Texas, I'd always thought they had subtle differences, but just to be certain, I conducted some further research.

Turns out my suspicions were correct. There are small, if distinct, differences between the two Mexican specialties. First, while taquitos are generally made with corn tortillas, flautas (Spanish for "flutes") are usually made from rolled-up wheat flour tortillas.

Second, in certain regions, taquitos are often the petite-sized, appetizer variety, while flautas are the lengthier form of the dish, made from burrito-sized tortillas and served as part of the main meal. However, in occasional situations and some places, the two terms are used interchangeably.

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verily verily 5 years
As a Texan, your corn vs flour definition sounds right to me.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 5 years
Pinky Pink...That's the same where I'm From. The rolled up ones are Flautas (usually chicken) and the folded ones are taquitos (usually potato or beans, sour cream, salsa and veggies) . Wow now I'm craving both!
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 5 years
they're different. A flauta is rolled up like a flute and a taquito is just folded in half. And they're not just mexican. Most of the other 21 spanish-speaking countries eat them too.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
I agree with the flour/corn tortilla - I've inquired at several restaurants and have many relatives who make them and the consensus is as stated! Glad we cleared that up, now we can all go about our day and enjoy Mexican food for lunch - Ole'!
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