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Entry from March 12, 2008
Flaquita (Flaco; Flaquities)

"Flaquita” (from the word “flaco") is Spanish for “little skinny one.” It is the opposite of the “gordita,” or “little fat one.” Trudy’s restaurant in Austin offers “flaquita dinners” and chicken or vegetable “flaquities.” El Mercado (also in Austin) offers “chicken flaquitas” as part of its botana platter. The flaquitas are flour tortilla wraps.

Both El Mercado and Güero´s (also in Austin) offer a “Flaco Plate,” but with different items.

A trademarked “Flaquita” Chicken Wraps product from Florida uses the same name, but appears to be different from Austin’s “flaquitas” and “flaquities.”


Kathy Talea Cookbook
Poquito Veggie Flaquities
10 oz. chopped spinach
15 oz. Pinto beans
15 oz. Black beans
Shredded Monterry Jack Cheese
8 Flour tortillas
Salsa
Olive oil
Vegetable oil
Chili Pepper
Chipotle Pepper
Black Pepper
(...)
Flaquities:
Saute black beans in olive oil with the 3 pepper powders, mix and cook 2 minutes (optional: add chopped jalapeno).
Add pinto beans and cook 5 minutes or until beans begin to get dry.
Remove bean mixture to bowl and squash about half of the beans with a fork.
Saute chopped spinach in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add pinch of salt if desired.
Remove spinach to bowl.
Steam flour tortillas until soft and moist.
Heat vegetable oil in pan.
Lay out flour tortilla and layer with cheese, bean mixture, spinach, corn relish and pico de gallo.
Make sure to use a lot of cheese in each tortilla (almost half of total filling), but don’t use so much filling that you can’t roll it tightly at 2 inch diameter.
Tightly roll up tortilla about 2 inches in diameter and tuck sides in.
Place flaquitie onto the hot vegetable oil with the seam-side down.
Fry about 30 seconds, turn over and fry another 30 seconds.
If desired, also fry both sides which haven’t yet touched the pan.
If desired, or if a lot of cheese was used, place in oven for 7 minutes at 350.
Serve with salsa, chipotle sauce, or ranch dressing.

Trudy’s (Austin, TX)
Veggie Flaquita Dinner 7.95
Fresh spinach, pintos, spicy black beans, corn relish, and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla and fried. Smothered with choice of sauce and topped with cheese, sour cream and guacamole.
Flaquita Dinner 7.95
Spiced chicken, tomatoes, onions and peppers wrapped in a flour tortilla and fried. Smothered with your choice of sauce and topped with cheese, sour cream, and guacamole.

Trudy’s (Austin, TX) - appetizers
Poquito Chicken Flaquities 6.95
Spiced chicken, tomatoes, onions, and peppers wrapped in a flour tortilla and fried. Served with queso, guacamole, and sour cream for dipping.
Poquito Veggie Flaquities 5.95
Fresh spinach, pintos, spicy black beans, corn relish, spicy pico de gallo and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla and fried. Served with a side of Ranch dressing and spicy chipotle sauce.
Poquito Mixed Flaquities 6.95
Chicken flaquities and veggie flaquities served together for the variety minded. Served with queso, guacamole and sour cream for dipping.

El Mercado (Austin, TX) - Appetizers
Botana
Sampling Of Nachos, Quesadillas & Chicken Flaquitas, Served With Chile Con Queso & Guacamole 8.25

El Mercado (Austin, TX) - Dinners
Flaco Plate
Chile Con Queso, One Crispy Beef Taco, Guacamole Salad, Served With Beans And Spanish Rice 7.50

Güero´s (Austin, TX)
Flaco Plate
Your choice of tortilla soup, caldo de pollo or black bean soup and a dinner salad.

Flaquitas Chicken Wraps
Welcome to Flaquitas.com!
Flaquitas are thin tortillas of seasoned real chicken baked to perfection! They are the perfect vehicle to wrap up your favorite veggies! Created as a healthful new menu item for the QSR & Casual dining restaurants, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

6 March 1991, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Try these selections for healthy dining” by Kitty Crider, pg. D1:
The high-fat, go-for-broke selection: The botana sampler of cheesy jalapenos, nachos, queso and crispy flaquitas; beef taco salad with shell, ...

15 September 1994, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “El Mercado keeps dishing up true Tex-Mex” by Dale Rice, pg. 31:
For an appetizer, we chose the Botana plate ($5.95), a sampling of stuffed jalapenos, quesadillas and flaquitas, served with guacamole and a cup of chile ... 

Low Carb Friends Bulletin Board
nobimbo
03-30-2004, 05:31 PM
New Low-Carb Tortillas Made From Chicken (’Flaquitas’wink
This may become an alternative to those wanting to avoid the soy in regular low-carb tortillas

Don’t be chicken ... try a Flaquita
Former St. Lucie residents hope their food invention will flyoff the shelves.
By Rachel Harris staff writer
March 30, 2004
(...)
A Flaquita, after all, is just a tortilla.

Made of chicken.

The brainchild of the three 2003 University of Florida food science graduates, the Flaquita is protein isolated from chicken, flattened and baked to make a thin tortilla with 12.6 grams of protein, 2.6 grams of carbohydrates and no fat.
(...)
They considered calling it Skinny Chicken or Disc O’ Chicken (marketed, they joked, with a picture of a bell-bottomed bird).

Then a friend suggested “flaquita,” derived from the Spanish word “flaco,” which means “thin.”

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