Oven-Baked Pulled Pork Flautas with Avocado Crema

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These Oven-Baked Pulled Pork Flautas with Avocado Crema are made with tender barbecue pulled pork, wrapped in flour tortillas, and baked until crisp. Served with a fresh, creamy, lime-and avocado sauce, it’s an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will devour!

A large white serving dish lined with lettuce, holding baked flautasand a small bowl of creamy dressing.

A Bold and Flavorful, Mexican-Fusion Dinner Recipe

Too often I come home, feeling rushed after soccer or cheer practice, and the last thing everyone wants to wait for is two hours of meal prep to get a home-cooked dinner on the table. Everyone wants to eat something savory, filling, and flavorful – fast!

But making the foods we love can take time, because let’s be real – most family-friendly foods do not equal microwaved tofu with zoodles.

That’s where these hearty, barbecue pork flautas come in! All you need is a batch of your favorite pulled pork. Roll it up in flour tortillas, and bake to a delicate crunch. It’s like tacos meets convenience, meets barbecue, meets ease. Gotta love it when those four things come together. You can use store-bought pulled pork, such as Tony Roma’s, or make your own (check out this easy recipe for Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork).

I live for food like this. Oh, and don’t forget the avocado crema – it’s the best creamy dip you will ever have!

Seven flautas stacked on top of each other, with the rolled ends facing the camera to show the filling.

What Are Flautas?

You may be wondering what a flauta actually is – well, it’s very similar to a taquito, but with a flour tortilla instead of a corn tortilla. The filling is minimal, and wrapped up tightly to make a long, thin tube. The word “flauta” actually means “flute,” because of the shape. Flautas are often filled with shredded chicken, beef, or pork, and sometimes cheese and other ingredients. They’re typically served with guacamole and/or sour cream.

These flautas are not strictly traditional, because I’m using barbecue for my filling, and also because they are baked. Frying flautas can be a bit time-consuming (and a bit messy), but baking is great for getting a nice crisp to the tortillas with no hassle.

From top left: Pulled pork, flour tortillas, crema, garlic, onion, lime, chopped tomato, avocado, spices.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

So just what goes into these pork flautas? Let’s take a stroll through the tasty ingredients list. But fair warning: each item is guaranteed to make you hungry!

For the Flautas

  • Oil: Olive oil is my favorite, but you can use any good saute oil that you prefer.
  • Onion: Thinly slice one large yellow onion.
  • Garlic: Mince up the garlic cloves, or press them in a garlic press.
  • Pulled Pork: Again, store-bought is fine (I like Tony Roma’s Kansas City Sweet Hickory) or you can make your own (this easy recipe for pulled pork is great for making ahead).
  • Cumin: A little cumin adds a Tex-Mex flair to the pulled pork.
  • Torillas: You can use regular tortillas, or go with low carb, whole wheat flour tortillas (I use Trader Joe’s).

For the Avocado Crema

  • Avocado: Slice the avocado in half, and remove the pit and the skin.
  • Yogurt: You want plain yogurt here. I used nonfat, but you can also use full fat or reduced fat.
  • Lime Juice: Squeeze the juice from one small lime, with a citrus juicer or a fork. Remove any seeds from the juice.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro is great in this crema, but if you don’t like cilantro, feel free to leave it out, or substitute parsley or chives.
  • Salt and Pepper

For Serving

  • Lettuce and Tomato: Shredded romaine lettuce and diced tomatoes make a fresh and attractive serving option.
A flour tortilla, partially rolled up with pulled pork filling inside. More rolled tortillas are in a baking dish nearby.

How to Make Pork Flautas with Avocado Crema

To make this dish, you’ll need to heat the shredded pork with the seasonings, onion, and garlic, and then stuff that mixture into the flautas. From there, it only takes a few minutes to bake the flautas and make the crema.

  1. Prep Your Baking Dish, Oven, and Skillet. To begin, make sure your oven is preheating to 400°F. Lightly grease a large (13×9) baking dish, and set it aside for now. Finally, start heating the olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet, over medium heat.
  2. Cook the Aromatics, Pork, and Cumin. Add the onions to the hot oil in the skillet, and cook them for four minutes or so, or until softened. If they begin to scorch, turn the heat down to medium-low. Next, stir in the garlic and cook for just a few seconds to release the fragrance. Then add the shredded pork to the skillet, along with the cumin, and stir well. Cook for 8 minutes or so, to heat through.
  3. Make the Flautas. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for about 30 seconds, until they are more pliable and easy to roll. Place a small amount of the pork mixture in each tortilla and roll tightly. Place the flautas in your greased baking dish, seam-side-down.
  4. Bake. Lightly spritz the tops of the rolled up tortillas with baking spray, to help them get crisp in the oven. You could also brush a tiny amount of your favorite cooking oil over them. Bake the flautas for 13 – 15 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and crisp.
  5. Make the Crema. While the flautas bake, prepare the avocado crema. Just place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed. Pour the crema into a small bowl, and set it aside.
  6. Plate the Flautas. Once the flautas are done, spread a layer of shredded romaine lettuce on a large platter. Arrange the flautas over the lettuce, and top with chopped tomatoes. Serve with the avocado crema.
Rolled, baked tortillas with pork filling on a white platter. A dish of creamy dressing with a spoon is also on the platter.

My Favorite Tips and Variations

What else should you know about making these quick pork flautas? Here are my top tips for making these, along with some tasty variation ideas that are sure to please. Happy cooking!

  • How to Fill: You might be tempted to add extra ingredients to these flautas, and that’s a great idea – just limit the amount of ingredients that are watery. Flautas need to be crisp, so you should not include raw veggies, salsa, or other watery items.
  • Tortilla Options: Flautas can be made with large tortillas – think burrito size – in restaurants. But if you’d rather make smaller flautas for easy serving and eating, that’s totally up to you!
  • Taquitos: Easily turn this from flautas to taquitos by using your favorite corn tortillas. Warm them in the microwave, covered in a damp paper towel, to soften them up before rolling.
  • Pulled Chicken: If you’d like to use chicken in this recipe, that’s fine, too! Rotisserie chicken warmed up with your favorite bottled barbecue sauce is great in this recipe, or you can use whatever shredded chicken you like.
  • Vegetarian: Try a scrumptious vegetarian flauta, by mixing refried beans, pico de gallo, and a little shredded cheese for a hearty filling.
Flautas on a rectangular serving dish, with a white cup of green avocado sauce.

What Can I Serve with Flautas?

Crisp, meaty flautas are great with cool, refreshing side dishes like fruit salad or garden salad. Guacamole is also a great option, and you can’t go wrong with rice! Here are a few yummy recipes that go beautifully with this easy dinner:

  • Salad: My Very Berry Avocado Salad combines the best of juicy fruit and healthy greens, all in one super salad.
  • Guacamole: Fresh guacamole is such a treat – especially when it is this tropical Fresh Mango Guacamole! The combination of fresh mango and barbecue pork is finger-lickin’ good!
  • Rice: Loaded with corn, beans, bell peppers, and tomatoes, easy Fiesta Rice is a colorful and healthy side dish that’s perfect for any menu.

Storing and Reheating the Leftovers

  • To refrigerate your leftover flautas, just place them in an airtight container or food storage bag and pop them in the fridge. They will keep for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, bake the flautas again at 350°F until heated through, or heat them in a skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally.
A round white plate with rolled, stuffed flour tortillas, topped with chopped veggies and creamy sauce. Sliced limes, chopped tomatoes, and more sauce are arranged around the plate in little cups.

Can I Freeze Homemade Flautas?

Sure! To freeze your flautas, let them cool, and then place them into large freezer bags. Press out as much air as possible before sealing and freezing for up to one month. Reheat in the oven, directly from frozen.

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A large white serving dish lined with lettuce, holding baked flautasand a small bowl of creamy dressing.
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Oven Baked Pulled Pork Flautas with Avocado Crema

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WW Freestyle: 11
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
These Oven-Baked Pulled Pork Flautas with Avocado Crema are made with tender barbecue pulled pork, wrapped in flour tortillas, and served with a fresh, creamy, lime-and avocado sauce.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 4 Serves 4
Calories: 438.5

Ingredients

FOR THE FLAUTAS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion , thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 package Tony Roma’s Tender & Juicy Pulled Pork- Kansas City Sweet Hickory
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons (or to taste) ground cumin
  • 8 low carb , whole wheat flour tortillas (I use Trader Joe’s)

FOR THE AVOCADO CREMA

  • 1 avocado , pitted, skin removed
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • juice of 1 small lime
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

OPTIONAL:

  • Romaine lettuce , shredded
  • 2 tomatoes , diced

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Lightly grease a 13×9 baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil.
  • Add onions and cook for 4 minutes, or until softened.
  • Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Add shredded pork and season with cumin; continue to cook for 8 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave for about 30 seconds so that they’re easier to roll.
  • Add pork mixture to each tortilla and roll it up tightly.
  • Transfer prepared tortillas to the previously prepared baking dish, seam-side down.
  • Lightly spray the tops of the rolled up tortillas with baking spray.
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.
  • In the meantime, prepare the Avocado Crema.
  • Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  • Transfer the crema to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Layer the shredded romaine lettuce on a large platter.
  • Arrange the prepared flautas over the lettuce.
  • Top flautas with chopped tomatoes and serve with a side of the prepared Avocado Crema.
Nutrition Facts
Oven Baked Pulled Pork Flautas with Avocado Crema
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 438.5 Calories from Fat 195
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.7g33%
Saturated Fat 3.8g19%
Cholesterol 49.2mg16%
Sodium 1010mg42%
Carbohydrates 46.4g15%
Fiber 17.6g70%
Sugar 17.8g20%
Protein 26.5g53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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  1. Nancy Long

    yum, these flautas sound like a must make – as for favs, hubby would probably say my sloppy joes or my creamy chicken enchiladas – for me it might be my seafood gumbo with a salad and crusty baguette!

  2. Jerry Marquardt

    My favorite deliciously quick weeknight meal is making a really cut thin Steak that is per-mariniated with Worcestershire Sauce.

  3. Tina W

    I always have homemade frozen meatballs on hand. I package them in Foodsaver bags that you can drop right into boiling water, so they reheat while the pasta water comes to a boil and the sauce heats up. Add some bread and dinner is done!!!

  4. Chrissy

    My favorite quick weeknight meal is Korean Beef. I used ground beef instead of steak and serve it over rice with veggies. Super easy and at least decently healthy!

  5. Noelle Carroll

    I like to make Taco Mac ‘N Cheese when we are in a hurry and I want the kids to have a delicious meal

  6. angie

    My fav fast meal is pizza. We especially love the refrigerator ones that are just cheese and then we can add our own toppings to make them more “homemade” tasting. hahahaha

  7. Tamara

    I have a chicken tortilla soup that I can throw together pretty quickly. My family loves it!
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  8. Jeffrey

    My favorite quick weeknight meal is Brinner! Whether its waffles, French toast or pancakes the kids always gobble it up. We all love breakfast food and always have the ingredients on hand…I mean its just flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, eggs and milk!

  9. Susan Smith

    My favorite quick and delicious weeknight meal is spaghetti and meatballs. I have my sauce and meatballs already made and just boil the spaghetti.

  10. Anastasia

    A favorite, quick meal of mine is some pulled pork sandwiches 🙂 And now, I don’t have to wait all day for the pork to cook

  11. Shannon

    Well I think this might be my new fave! I usually get a rotisserie chicken and make chicken salad for a quick meal.

  12. Isabel Acosta

    One of my favorite quick go to meals would be tacos. I make ground beef and season it with homemade taco seasoning. Then I will set up crispy taco shells, tortillas, toppings and we can each customize our own.

  13. Amy Tong

    My favorite quick weeknight meal is pasta salad. Can’t wait to try these Tony Roma’s products and turn them in to a BBQ Rib dinner with pasta salad on the side! 😀

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  14. Amy L

    I make pasta with tomato sauce,Italian sausage and diced zucchini for a quick weeknight meal. If I have time I also make garlic bread for a special treat.

  15. Sarah Phillips

    My favorite quick recipe to make during the weeknights would probably have to be my husband’s favorite: Chicken and Noodles. I just chop and season some chicken tenders with garlic salt, garlic powder, basil, some black pepper, and then cook it stove-top. I add some chicken broth once the chicken is finished, bring to a boil, and then cook the egg noodles in the liquid. They absorb the flavor wonderfully! Sometimes I’ll add some carrots and/or potatoes. It’s quick & easy to throw together!

  16. Tamra H

    My favorite quick weeknight meal is a pasta with veggies and shrimp or chicken. Bonus points if I had the forethought to cook the meat ahead of time. 🙂

  17. Tarah

    I throw together a one pot rice dish. It’s a great way to use up any leftovers or veggies that need to be cooked before they go bad!

  18. Jenilee Dunson

    Oh my word, I’m hungry now. This recipe looks amazing, as do the ribs and other products pictured above.

    My go-to quick weeknight meal is usually sloppy joes.

  19. Vickie

    Your recipe looks so delicious!
    Love TR! Hope to find in my stores.
    If I’m really ready pushed I make breakfast for dinner.
    If slightly rushed nothing better or easier than a roasted chicken!

  20. PAMELA

    My favorite deliciously quick weeknight meal? The one that I don’t have to cook or clean up the kitchen afterwards..

  21. Kelly M.

    My favorite weeknight meal is “tuna stirfry”… stir-fried veggies, coconut aminos, and a few cans of tuna!

  22. Sarah Oswald

    Tuna casserole is quick, easy and so delicious and I make it when I have little time and slot of left over rice.

  23. Alona Y

    Our favorite lately is falafel sandwich in pita, it’s fairly quick with the boxed version of falafel and is so delicious!

  24. Samantha Daleo

    My go to quick meal is to buy a roaster chicken, marinate it with Mojo (Goya) overnight or at least starting in the morning. At about 4pm I take it out of the marinade and throw it in a roasting pan at 375. By 6pm you have an amazingly crispy and delicious meal that goes perfect with a salad.

  25. Adam

    My wife found this fish tacos recipe that is quick, easy, and so good. Even quicker if you make the peach salsa the night before.

  26. Anita Kennett

    After reading this, ii made it for my husband and myself, so now this iis our new favorite. Delicious. Thanks so very much for sharing.

  27. Carol G

    I generally have left over pasta frozen and some sort of sauce that can be thawed. We also like canned tuna tossed in our salad.

  28. Jenny S

    I’ve seen the Tony Roma’s products at Costco, I will have to pick some up. My husband and daughter like when I make a box of pasta and toss in some sautéed diced chicken breast. I toss in some olive oils and a bag of frozen mixed veggies.

  29. Hailey Brown

    I like making stuffed poblano peppers in the microwave! Stuff the peppers with a mixture of refried beans, salsa, and brown rice and just pop em’ in for a few minutes. Then – pure bliss.

  30. susan smoaks

    My favorite quick and delicious weeknight meal is spaghetti. I like to make some veggies and put those in my tomato sauce and then top the spaghetti with the veggie loaded sauce. It’s so good and easy. I also make some garlic bread to go with it and a salad.

  31. Vicki

    I frequently purchase whole chickens when on sale, roast them and shred the meat. One of my favorite quick dinners is Stacked Green Chicken Enchiladas made in a small casserole dish. It goes together fast and bakes in the 30 minutes after I get home and trade work clothes for lounge wear and prep a salad. Verde sauce and chicken just go together in my mind and topped with a little sour cream they are very satisfying. Thanks for a great contest and a new recipe to try! 🙂

  32. Mary Beth Elderton

    This pulled pork looks delicious! For a quick meal I like to do a stir fry. I keep frozen veggies and a jar of homemade stir fry sauce on hand, so dinner can be out of the wok in minutes.

  33. Juli V

    We cook a large meal either in the crockpot or on the grill on Sundays and eat that for dinner the whole week. My favorite is pulled pork.

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  34. Karen Giasson

    My favorite quicky meals are anything in my crockpot. However, if I forget then a simple soup and sandwich will suffice.

  35. karen

    My quick recipe is Shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic, pour it all on linguini and top with your fave cheese. With us it is Parmesan. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  36. Jenny | Honey and Birch

    Girl, you had me at avocado crema. I am gonna be all over these. I am also going to come by your house for dinner haha.

  37. Jen @ The Weary Chef

    Any quick and easy meal is a perfect weeknight dinner for me, especially if it looks as delicious as these flautas! 😀

  38. Madeline

    We make a meal we call bean slop with baked beans, ground beef, onions, and diced tomatoes. Very easy and quick.

  39. sig

    I do an amazing and quick broccoli cheddar “mac” and cheese with quinoa. Cook up the quinoa and broccoli in the same pan with broth or stock and some spices, and, when it’s cooked, grate a ton of cheese on top!

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  40. Maribeth M

    I love breakfast for dinner! I’ll make an egg white scramble with sauteed onions, mushrooms and turkey sausage with some light cheese or sour cream and cilantro and roll it up in a whole wheat tortilla. YUM.

  41. Julie Wood

    My recipe is for a quick 30 minute meal that my family loves called Cheesy Taco Lasagna. I use no boil lasagna noodles to make a quick dinner.

  42. Tim Cross

    Chicken and Multigrain Rice, just cook some chicken with salt and pepper, cook the multigrain rice on the stovetop, mix and service. Delicious.

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