Taquitos, tacos dorados, rolled tacos, or flautas – whatever you choose to call them they are amazing. Warm corn tortillas are filled with a savory, spicy, and tangy mixture of black beans, kale, and bacon, rolled-up and then deep-fried until golden and crispy.
I especially love them drizzled with avocado crema or crema Mexicana. The choices for toppings and garnishes are endless.
But back to the filling – you read that right…black beans, kale, and bacon. First, I cooked Pure Farmland bacon and chopped it and set it aside. As a mom and a home-chef it is very important knowing that the Pure Farmland line is all natural, made from pork raised free from antibiotics, preservatives and MSG, or added hormones.
Then, in some of the leftover bacon grease I sautéed onion and garlic and added the black beans and refried them. If you have never refried beans in bacon grease you are missing out. The flavor is out of this world.
As if that weren’t enough deliciousness, I marinated kale with fresh lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, and jalapeño and added that mixture to the beans along with the bacon! I mean, how could you not love these beans?
After visiting the McGrath Family Farm, I was inspired from the beautiful lush fields of kale. I knew I had to run to the market and buy organic kale and get cooking. Kale yeah!
After my trip, I have a new appreciation of where our food comes from and what it truly means to go from farmland to table.With the new year I think we are all seeking healthier ingredients and since my farm tour I have been buying kale, which is high in vitamin C, every time I visit the grocery store.
I feel good about partnering with Farmland who has set out to meet consumer needs with the introduction of Pure Farmland, a new line of all-natural packaged meat products.
Watch this video to see how easy these Black Bean, Kale, and Bacon Flautas come together for a delicious weeknight meal.
I appreciate that Farmland knows the importance of leading a healthy life and keeps consumers’ well-being at the forefront of every Pure Farmland product.
To further this commitment, now through December 31, 2019, Farmland has pledged to protect one square foot of American farmland for every specially-marked Pure Farmland item purchased, up to $140,000.These donations will help the American Farmland Trust continue to further its mission of not only protecting the nation’s farm and ranch land but also promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.
Black Bean, Kale, and Bacon Flautas
- 1 pound Pure Farmland bacon
- 1 lime, fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped (optional)
- 4 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
- 4 medium leaves of kale, washed and dried, stems removed and roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 3 15- ounce can black beans, with liquid
- ¼ cup chopped white onion
- 2 clove garlic, minced or pressed
- 30 corn tortillas
- vegetable oil, for frying
- Avocado crema , or salsa of your choice
- radish slices
- jalapeño slices
- In a large pan, over medium-low heat, add the bacon. Cook until lightly crispy, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the bacon, chop, and set aside. Reserve bacon grease.
- Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt, chopped jalapeño, and cilantro. Toss the chopped kale with the lime marinade in a mixing bowl. Mix well and set the bowl aside to marinate.
- Heat 2 tablespoons leftover bacon grease over medium heat. Sauté onion for 2 to 3 minutes and then add garlic until tender, for an additional 2 minutes. Add beans (with liquid). Bring to a boil. Mash beans with a masher and cook until slightly thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Add marinated kale and cooked and chopped bacon.
- Warm corn tortillas on a comal (griddle) so they are pliable. Add some black bean mixture down the center of the tortillas. Roll the tortillas tightly and then add a toothpick to each to keep them rolled.
- In a deep pan heat half-inch of vegetable oil over medium heat until it is very hot. Carefully place the flautas into the hot oil. Fry just long enough for the tortillas to get crispy and a light golden color. Turnover at least once using tongs and then drain upright on paper towels to allow excess oil to drain.
- Garnish flautas with toppings of your choice.
Video by Pure Cinematography
This post is in partnership with Pure Farmland and American Farmland Trust. As always, thank you for reading and for supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you. All opinions are always my own.