Swiss enchiladas suiza topped with creamy bechamel sauce and served over Mexican rice
Enchiladas Vs. Flautas Vs. Taquitos: How Are They Different?
By Cynthia Anaya
One of the interesting characteristics of Mexican cuisine is that many dishes use the same ingredients but have completely different names. For example, enchiladas, flautas, and taquitos all use tortillas and meat as the primary ingredients, but there are distinct differences between the three.
An enchilada typically includes meat (chicken, pork, beef, etc.), cheese, enchilada sauce, and other ingredients rolled up in a corn tortilla and placed in a rectangular dish. They are then covered with more sauce and cheese and baked in the oven before being topped with extra cheese or other garnishes.
Taquitos and flautas have more in common with each other than they do with enchiladas as they are both rolled tortillas typically filled with chicken or beef and fried. It is widely debated whether or not flautas are made from corn or flour tortillas, and some claim that taquitos are shorter than flautas.