Costco Chicken Flautas (Organic) + Extra Crispy Recipe!

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Chicken Flautas at Costco

Costco sells Market Street Chicken and Cheese Flautas for $14.89. These are available in the refrigerated deli section of the warehouse near other foods such as the mini tacospot roast, or the dips

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These flautas from Costco are made with white chicken meat, corn, black beans, cheddar & Monterey jack cheese, and flavorful spices. 

They are organic and include no artificial flavors or colors, which is a nice touch considering how much processed food is already out there.

Is there a difference between flautas and taquitos?

So what exactly is the difference between a flauta and a taquito? From my life experience, I would have called these taquitos 10 out of 10 times. They are thin rolled up tortillas with filling, and to me, that is a taquito.

According to chef Gabriela Camara, the main difference between the two is that flautas are typically larger than taquitos and are made with flour burrito tortillas. In contrast, taquitos are made with corn tortillas.

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The packaging labels these as flautas, but it also states they are made with a flour/corn tortilla. So are these really flautas, or are they also taquitos? Is the only differentiator going to be the size? 

Costco also sells El Monterey Chicken and Cheese Taquitos, which look exactly like these flautas. From my memory, the taquitos are slightly smaller than these flautas, about 75% of the size. Mi flauta es no pequito taquito.

Costco Cost Comparison - Market Street Organic Flautas

Huge discounts when the chicken flautas are on sale!

These Costco flautas are on the pricey side at $14.89 for a 16-count package but will go on sale for $10.99. This is a savings of $3.90 or 26%.

At retail, each flauta goes for $0.93; when on sale, they cost only $0.69. The per-ounce price of these flautas at retail is $0.33 and $0.25 when the product is on sale.

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There don’t appear to be many refrigerated flauta products on the market, and I didn’t find anything comparable from a quick search.

Costco Flautas vs Taquitos Price

Costco does sell frozen taquitos though and those go for $11.99. The package of frozen taquitos are sold in a 30 pack and each taquito breaks down to $0.40. Per ounce this is also $0.24. 

Costco’s taquitos and their flautas each go for the same price per ounce when on sale, and to me, the better deal is the organic flautas that are minimally processed.

Chicken and Cheese Flauta Review

Air Fryer = Extra Crispy Flautas

While not an officially recommended cooking method for these Market Street Flautas, I decided to air fry them. 

It only takes 10 minutes at 375°, and my full air fryer cooking instructions are listed below in the next section. 

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The air fryer does what the air fryer does, creating crispy and crunchy food. These organic chicken flautas did not disappoint in the air fryer. 

The tortilla came out super crispy, and I would say it was easily the best part of the meal.

The Tortilla Is Great

The corn/flour tortilla was perfectly crunchy on the outside while still soft, light, and even flaky on the inside. 

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The flautas are made with a very thick tortilla, allowing for this type of texture. It’s always great to have a good tortilla, but it’s not good to have a tortilla that overshadows the rest of the meal.

Underwhelming Ingredient Quality

Sadly, the tortilla is my favorite part of these flautas. The chicken, cheese, corn, and black bean filling is underwhelming, to say the least. 

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If I’m paying a premium for these flautas at Costco, I will not only expect high-quality ingredients but a solid amount of it. These flautas fail in both regards.

The Chicken Flauta filling leaves a lot to be desired

The chicken may be organic, but it’s not high quality by any means. The chicken pieces are small and past the point of recognition. The chicken is middle-tier quality at best.

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The cheese is barely noticeable, and the corn and black beans dominate the filling. The corn is the most present throughout the flautas, and you almost get at least 1 or 2 per bite. 

The black beans are there, but only noticeably from the mushy texture. Overall the filling is bland and rather disappointing.

Mediocre and Missing Flavor

As a whole, the flautas are average at best, with my favorite part being the tortilla. I’d highly recommend eating this with some salsa to really liven up the meal.

Costco Flauta Cooking Instructions

Market Street lists two different cooking or heating options for these flautas.

They are Microwave and Oven Cooking Directions

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Microwave

  • Place 2 flautas on a microwave safe plate.
  • Cook on high for 30 seconds.
  • Flip over and cook for additional 30 seconds.
  • Let stand for 1 minute before serving. 
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Oven

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Place Costco flautas on a baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let stand for 1 minute before serving.

Costco Flautas Air Fryer Instructions

I personally prefer the air fryer to the microwave or oven baking most foods from Costco.

Unfortunately, market street doesn’t provide any air fryer instructions for these flautas. 

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Here is how I cooked them in the air fryer: 

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 375°F.
  • Spray with cooking oil and heat for 10 total minutes.
  • Flip/Roll the flautas after 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information

How many calories in the Chicken Flautas from Costco?

Each flauta is considered one serving and contains 190 calories. There are 6 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbs, and 8 grams of protein. The carbs are on the higher end and will add up quickly when eating multiple flautas.

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Sodium is also on the higher side at 360 mg per serving or 16% of the recommended daily value. Something to keep in mind when eating multiple of these Costco organic flautas.

Costco Chicken Flautas Review

Summary

The flautas from Costco were disappointing. I had high hopes due to real and organic ingredients, but it was nothing like a homemade flauta. It was lacking in chicken and when it was there, it wasn’t great.

If Market Street went with chicken chunks instead of chicken nibbles and added some salsa, these flautas could actually be pretty good.

Overall
6.2/10
6.2/10
  • Value - 6/10
    6/10
  • Convenience - 8/10
    8/10
  • Taste - 5/10
    5/10
  • Nutrition - 6/10
    6/10
  • CFDB Score - 6/10
    6/10

Pros

  • Great Tortilla
  • Organic
  • Made with real ingredients

Cons

  • Filling taste and portion size are underwhelming
  • Low quality chicken

Final Thoughts

I hate to say it, but Costco’s flautas were a letdown. I had high expectations for these flautas because the packaging touted the organic and natural ingredients used, in addition to refrigerated and not frozen.

I was expecting it to resemble a homemade flauta but instead got something much closer to a frozen food. The tortilla was great, but everything else fell flat. The filling was bland and filled with beans and corn. This is a pass for me.

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