Caramelized Onion, Cheese, and Pork Flautas

These flautas are the answer to the soft taco v. crispy taco argument. Perfect served with quacamole and greek yogurt. Seriously yum.

Caramelized Onion, Cheese, and Pork Flautas
Serves 4
Just the Tip / Inspired by For the Love of Cooking

Here’s what I used:

  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds of pork (I used lean boneless chops), diced
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp coriander
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 flour tortillas (I used Mission Carb Balance)
  • shredded monterey jack cheese
  • olive oil spray

Here’s what I did:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.  Mix all of the spices in a small bowl. Pat the diced pork dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium/medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 25-30 minutes until browned and caramelized. Season with salt and set aside in a bowl.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tsp of olive oil in the same saute pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is very hot (almost smoking), add the diced pork tenderloin then season with all of the spices. Cook for 3-4 minutes until firm but cooked entirely through (it will finish cooking in the oven). Remove from the heat.
  4. Wrap flour tortillas in moist paper towels and microwave for 1 minute.
  5. Place a couple of tsp of cheese in the center of each tortilla, then top with caramelized onion. Add on the diced pork tenderloin and roll semi-tightly. Spray a baking dish with olive oil spray (or any cooking spray) and place seam-side down. Spray each flauta with olive oil spray (or cooking spray).
  6. Bake for 10 minutes on one side, then flip over and bake for another 7 minutes until crisp and lightly browned.
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