LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Mr. Right loves tacos. Loves them. Simply loves them. In fact, I lost my status as a picky eater about a dozen years ago when we were in a small town on the west coast of Mexico, south of Puerto Vallarta, and the restaurant we had planned to go to was closed. So we ate street tacos and drank beer from cans—on my birthday. I loved it.
These are not those tacos, but they are totally yummy. You certainly could saute some ground beef with onion or shred some chicken and add it to the black bean mixture.
Frying the tortillas ever so slightly gives these a flavor I can only describe as golden and delicious. I admit a certain fear of frying, but the amount of oil here is minimal. The trick is to get the oil the right heat, so the tortilla immediately starts to puff and brown when you add it. Too low, and it will absorb the oil; if the pan is too hot and sizzles when you add the tortilla, lift the pan and lower the heat, then resume, fearlessly. Check with the old trick of sticking the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil; if the oil bubbles or sizzles slightly, it's just right!
Tequila or cerveza optional!
Congratulations to Linda Wiken on the publication today of ROUX THE DAY, a Dinner Club Mystery!
Crisp Black Bean Tacos with Green Onion and Cabbage SlawFor the tacos:
1-15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
salt and pepper
For the slaw:
1 small head purple cabbage, finely shredded
1 small or ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup green onions, diced (including green stems)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 serrano chiles, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ cup pure olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper
4 white or yellow corn tortillas, 8 inch
1/3 cup feta or queso, crumbled
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
salsa, not sauce, or sriracha
Place beans in a small bowl; stir in cumin, oregano, and cayenne and partially mash. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place the cabbage and red onion in a large bowl and stir.
Blend green onions, vinegar, chiles, mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a blender or in a bowl using an immersion blender until emulsified. Add to the cabbage and onion mixture. Stir in the cilantro and season to taste.
Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Lay in one tortilla. Spoon in 1/4 cup bean mixture. Cook one minute. Fold in half. Cook until golden brown, about one minute, and turn to the other side, cooking one more minute. Remove to a plate and add slaw, feta, and additional cilantro, and repeat with additional tacos. (Fry up one per person to start; if you want more than one -- and you likely will -- you'll need a little more oil before frying up the second batch.)
Serve with salsa or hot sauce.
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Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The 2015-16 president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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