Devious is My Middle Name

RECIPE: Black Bean and Corn Flautas

Last Saturday, after a month of planning and secret keeping, I threw my friend Clarisa (who you may remember from when I waxed poetic about her adorable daughter, Kate) a surprise party for her 30th birthday.  I’d never thrown a surprise party before, although I’d been given two before, for my 15th and 17th birthdays.  I decided it was something I wanted to do about a month before, so I emailed Lis’s husband and informed him I’d be throwing a surprise party at their house.  His reaction?  “This sounds totally devious – I dig it :) ”.  Have I mentioned that Mike is the most laid back dude I’ve ever met?

Here’s a truth about me: I hate crowds.  I’m not into parties.  I hate making small talk with people I don’t know.  I’m pretty socially awkward sometimes.  Actually, most of the time.  OK, all the time.  Yet, despite all that, I love throwing parties.  Probably because I love planning, organizing, and making events happen.  People who know me might say I’m a bit particular.  So what if all my handouts in class need to be in Garamond font and if someone gives me a handout I retype it to my font specifications?  I’m just thorough.  I think I’d make a really fantastic event planner.

The first thing I did, after making invitations, was start to plan the menu.  It was going to be a kid-heavy party (with me being the only unmarried/childless person in attendance), so the food had to be kid friendly.

Also, I knew I was going to have to make a vegetarian option, as at least one person I’d invited was a vegetarian.  I decided on what I now refer to as drunk tacos, mostly because I was drunk a) the first time I had them, and b) the first time I made them, as the carnivore meal.  As for the vegetarian meal, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make.

The pinata was Mike's brilliant idea. The kids freaked out about it. Isn't my friend Darcy sassy in her hot pink skinny jeans? I love it!

I’ve noticed on other food blogs I enjoy that flautas have been popular lately (ex: see here and here).  Definition of a flauta: a tortilla filled with some sort of mixture, rolled, and fried or baked.  My first thought was to do some sort of spinach and cheese concoction, but after a pretty gross test batch, I quickly discarded that idea.

My next idea was black beans.  Elizabeth recently made Cuban black beans, which was sort off my jumping off point.  I love black beans that have been simmered in cilantro stems.  I don’t know how it works, but somehow that one ingredient makes for delicious black beans.

So I went for it, and it wasn’t half bad.  I think the bean mixture could use something.  Maybe green chiles?  I think green chiles can fix pretty much anything.

More important than the food, though, is Lis was surprised.  Like, really surprised.  Shocked.  Flabbergasted.  Dumbfounded.  Speechless.  I’m an English teacher, I like synonyms.

Rating: I’d give this, for now, a 3 out of 5 glasses of cold beer.  While the beans tasted good, the whole dish needed something.  Maybe other spices?  Any recommendations?

Black Bean and Corn Flautas
Author: Manda
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 12
  • 3 cans black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 15 or so cilantro stems, plus a few leaves
  • Cheese of your choice
  • 12 medium tortillas
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Cooking spray (I use olive oil in a misting can.)
  1. Put the beans and cilantro in a sauce pan and heat over medium.
  2. Let cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the beans don’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Take beans off the burner, add corn, mix.
  4. Layer each tortilla with bean/corn mixture, then a layer of cheese, roll, and spray each side with cooking spray.
  5. Cook on one side for 8 minutes.
  6. Turn and cook for 6-8 minutes longer.
  7. Cut in half, if desired, and serve.
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