Vegan flautas (potato taquitos)

These crispy potato taquitos, or flautas as we call them in Mexico, are one of my kids’ favorite Mexican meals ever, and to tell you the truth, mine too. The corn tortilla rolled up with a delicious filling, then fried and topped with salsa, crema, and lettuce, is nothing short of a dream.

A wooden splate with vegan flautas topped with lettuce and salsa verde.

What are flautas?

Flautas are rolled corn tortilla that contains a filling. This filling could be beef, vegetables, beans, chicken, or cheese. Then, they are deep or pan-fried.

Flautas are topped with salsa, Mexican crema, queso fresco or queso cotija, shredded lettuce or green cabbage, and sometimes radishes.

In Mexico, crispy tacos or flautas are party food and street food at its best. When we lived in Monterrey, Mexico, and celebrated my kids’ birthdays, I always served “flautas.”

corn tortillas over a withe kitchen towels and a bowl with mashed potatoes.

Ingredients for the vegan flautas

The filling. For this version of vegan potato taquitos or vegan flautas tacos, I used some mashed potatoes as leftovers in the fridge. But you could also make the filling from scratch by cooking your potatoes in a large pot with salted water, then drain and mash your potatoes. Season them with salt; you can add vegan butter, fresh herbs, crema Mexicana, etc.

The tortilla. I like to use corn tortillas. Make them pliable by heating them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Fill them with the potato mixture, roll and use toothpicks to secure them. If you want to make flautas without toothpicks, use bamboo skewers to hold a group of three or four flautas together.

Oil for frying. Use a good vegetable oil with a high-temperature smoking point. I like to use safflower or avocado oil.

crispy potato tacos before pan frying

How to make vegan flautas?

Heat the corn tortilla on a griddle (affiliate link) or microwave wrapped in a kitchen towel for 10 to 30 seconds to make it pliable. Spoon the filling in the middle and roll tightly. Secure with a toothpick, and repeat until you’re finished rolling the tortillas.

Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet (affiliate link) or the frying pan with about a 1/4 vegetable oil—Fry the flautas until golden and crispy on all sides. Serve and finish with your favorite toppings.

Other vegan taquito fillings

But you can stuff the corn tortillas with anything you want, and they will turn out delicious. Taquitos can be made with mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower puree, vegan cheese, mushrooms, black beans, lentils, zucchini, carrots, and the list of options goes on and on.

tips & tricks

  • Finish with a good spoonful of Authentic Mexican salsa verde and a good drizzle of Mexican crema.
  • I do not deep fry my flautas; I pan fry them in a good cast-iron skillet; I know I’m making this healthier.
  • You can prepare them and then freeze them. Thaw and pan fry. These are best eaten freshly made.
  • You can also make them without frying, spray with oil, and pop them into your air fryer (affiliate link) or oven at 400ºF for 3-5 minutes or until crispy.
crispy potato tacos in a cast iron frying pan
💡The perfect vegan Mexican meal fo my dreams:

•Mexican vegetable soup

•These potato tacos with a side of refried beans 

•For dessert avocado chocolate mousse

•To drink   healthy almond horchata
All the good toppings for the flautas


・Use iceberg, romaine lettuce or green cabbage to finish this crispy potato tacos.

・You could use raw salsa verde, cooked salsa verde or a super powerful guac to finish them up.

・I also like to eat them with thinly sliced radishes and some Mexican pickled red onions.
flautas with lettuces, slasa and crema

Other recipes that you may like:

So here is the recipe for these crispy potato tacos and if you prepare them and like them, please share the recipe and the blog. I would love to see your creations on  FaceBook, INSTAGRAM, or maybe you want to save them for later on Pinterest.

Flautas de papa, crispy potato tacos

Flautas (Crispy potato taquitos)

Alejandra Graf
This recipe for vegan flautas is authentic Mexican food. Only three ingredients to make this recipe.
4.59 de 12 votos
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
0 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican vegan
Servings 4 persons
Calories 223 kcal


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 long wooden skewers ot toothpicks

To serve


  • Heat tortillas on a skillet for 10-15 seconds to make them pliable.
  • Put a spoonful of mashed potatoes in the center of each tortilla and spread it along with the tortilla. Roll the tortilla and put it on a long skewer. Repeat until you put three or four tacos on the skewer.
  • Repeat with all the tortillas.
  • In a frying pan over high heat, put a tablespoon of oil and put three or four tacos, leave until golden brown, three to five minutes, turn and brown on the other side.
  • Take out the tacos and put them in a dish with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  • Repeat until all the tacos are done.
  • To serve, put the crispy potato tacos on a plate and finish with the toppings. Enjoy immediately.



Serving: 4piezasCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 6gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 51mgPotassium: 310mgFiber: 6gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 1mg
Keyword crispy potato tacos, vegan flautas, vegan taquitos


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Scott Gombar
4 years ago

5 stars
This sounds really tasty. I love potatoes and tacos so it makes sense! I will give this a try.

Caitlin Dani
4 years ago

These look so delicious! We will make these for dinner this weekend.

4 years ago

I’m not a vegan but I love Mexican food and these do sound pretty good

4 years ago

Wow, I have never had a crispy potato taco before. They look so good! I am salivating while looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Terri Beavers
4 years ago

5 stars
Those look absolutely amazing. I have yet to find a taco recipe that I didn’t love. I’m going to try to make this when the grandkids come to visit.

4 years ago

Sounds delish and very filling. Corn tortillas, mash and veggies, that should def stick to the stomach!

4 years ago

This looks good. I always appreciate simple but good recipes that keep my family and myself full.

Dominique Brooks
4 years ago

I have never thought about mashed potatoes in a taco — hmm I am getting more ideas! This sounds delish! Thanks for sharing!

Olga Zak
Olga Zak
4 years ago

I love potatoes very much. So I will give this a try because it looks so tasty and crispy. Thanks for sharing!

4 years ago

Hi! Can these be made without oil? Think they could be baked crispy and taste just as good? Thanks!

Patricia Zerpa
4 years ago

5 stars
Love this recipe for a friday night dinner, yummy!!!

4 years ago

Do you add anything (seasoning) to the potatoes?

Blanca D
Blanca D
3 years ago

5 stars
OMG this is how I like my potato tacos served, with lots of lettuce! I love them

Enriqueta E Lemoine
3 years ago

5 stars
Ale my mouth is watering with these crispy flautas! I never had crispy potato tacos!

3 years ago

5 stars
Im so much into tacos right now and your ideas are mind blowing for beginners; healthy, delicious and easy!!! I must try these flautas!

3 years ago

5 stars
These crispy potato tacos are now one of my’ favorite foods..

Angelica Moreno
Angelica Moreno
3 years ago

Vegan is my second name . I love this recepy than you!

Angelica Moreno
Angelica Moreno
3 years ago

5 stars
Yummmm!!! Forgot to rate this delicious meal !

Yaimar Perez Nuñez
Yaimar Perez Nuñez
3 years ago

5 stars
Qué buenos se ven estos tacos! Y esa salsa que tienen se ve deliciosa!

The Taco Taster
The Taco Taster
7 months ago

Those flautas look amazing. I don’t know if I can make them the same way.. Can you send me some instead??





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