Monday, May 25, 2009

Recipe of the Day: Soft Tacos

I remember making this back before every grocery store carried tortillas in a dozen shapes and sizes. We would buy the frozen (yes frozen) tortillas at Bread and Circus (now Whole Foods) in blue and yellow corn. These are great because they can be tailor to any taste. Make a bunch of toppings and let people build their own.

I prepare mine with refried beans, rice, cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, and lettuce. You could also add sour cream, tomatoes, onions, ground beef or turkey, pulled chicken, cilantro, scallions...

Refried Beans
one small onion, diced
1/2 Tbs butter
about 1 Tbs olive oil
1 can beans (I like black)
epazote (optional)
salt and pepper

Saute the onion in the butter and oil with salt, over medium heat until they soften, about 3 - 5 minutes.

Drain the beans, reserving the liquid. Add the epazote and about half to the beans. Mash using a potato masher. Then add the second half of the beans. If the mixture is too dry add some of the liquid to thin. Cook over medium until warm. Season with salt and pepper.

Prepare the toppings.

Warm tortillas.

Pile on the toppings.

Serve with a cold beer with lime.

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