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Jul 6, 2008 06:31 PM

Creative fillings for soft corn tacos?

Hi, I'm thinking of things along the lines of potatoes and napales (?the cactus leaves) that mark bittman made awhile back. i'd like something simple, not too spicy or intricate. and i'm not up for any kind of chicken (pregnant). thanks for your help.

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  1. try sweet potato and black bean tacos... sweet potatoes with caramelized onions, garlic, chiles, cumin, coriander, black beans and cilantro.

    zucchini and corn tacos

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    1. re: Emme

      Can you have bacon when you're pregnant? Along with Emme's idea, I would vote for black beans, corn, and bacon. Brown a couple of slices of chopped bacon, cook onions, garlic, and a chopped jalapeƱo in the fat, add the kernels of an ear of corn and cook until they are just done, then add well-rinsed black beans, cumin, and chili powder.

      Another thing you could do is make calabacitas and use that as a taco filling. This is a summer squash and corn stew, but it would be good in corn tortillas. I always improvise mine, but here's a recipe from epicurious that includes it:

      I'd add some chopped jalapeƱos to the saute.

    2. A queso fundito with nopalitos, and bacon or shrimp (or both ) works well. Fresh pressed corn tortillas are best, but works with harina also.
      And there is no welcome mat for Mark Bittman in the Distrito Federal.

      1. lots of avocado, sauteed red onion and garlic, fresh cilantro and sour cream with lime juice whisked in. not especially creative maybe, but it's very simple and tastes really good.

        best of everything to you during your pregnancy!

        1. Try a google search for Tacos Ermita aka Tacos Salceados in Tijuana. Without a doubt the most creative tacos I experienced in my life and likely some of the best. I had the privalege to dine there last night with the extraordinary streetgourmetla. I am still in disbelief...

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          1. re: kare_raisu

            Hey... no posting from you until you have reported on your weekend trip in Baja!

            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              : ^ ) Its formulating as we speak!!!