Swiss Chard and Black Bean Soft Tacos

May 30, 2013 7:58 pm by Pooja

Our market visits this week have really reminded me that the smaller markets are their own little community. If you have a chance to stay and chat for a while, you can learn so much! We went to two markets yesterday, Hilldale and Downtown. At Hilldale, we finally got up the nerve to ask what I felt was sort of a “stupid question”, what is kettle corn, really? Is it just corn popped in a kettle? Or is it specifically that salty sweet goodness that I think of when I hear the phrase “kettle corn”? According to our new friend at Chippy’s popcorn, it is the latter! Everything else is just popcorn 🙂 So he tells us this, and then proceeds to tell us all about how his popcorn is made, how typically movie theater popcorn is made, and all about his different varieties (stories which include samples, of course)! I just can’t get over how friendly he was, much like our encounter with the honey lady yesterday. See, small markets have their charm, too!

So, what did we buy? This!

Market bounty!

Market bounty!

After talking to the popcorn guy, of course we had to buy cheddar popcorn! This big bag was $6. We also bought two tomatoes (one regular, one very large blemished one for cooking) for $4, a large cuke for $1, a little more than 3/4 lb of our dearly beloved smoked gouda ($6.25) and a little less than 1/2 lb of gorgonzola ($4.75), and a plate of peanut butter cookies ($3), just for fun!

The un-blemished tomato, cuke, and gorgonzola are going in my salads the rest of this week and the smoked gouda went into a ridiculously yummy gouda-and-ham sammy that Glenn had for lunch. I’d have been jealous if I hadn’t made a gorgonzola dressing for my salad *whew*. Perhaps I’ll get around to posting a picture tomorrow :).

Enough about lunch. Here’s dinner:

Swiss Chard and Black Bean Taco

I know, it doesn’t look like much, and the swiss chard and tomatoes got cooked down so much that they’re hard to see here. Honestly, it wasn’t our favorite meal. Glenn gave it a 6.5 out of 10. Which is basically a “good, but needs work”. The big success here was making my own tortillas (yay!).

Homemade Tortillas
1 c flour (I think you could pretty much use any flour, but I used bread flour bc it was in arm’s reach!)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (needed more salt!)
1 tbsp butter or ghee, cold
1/2 c hot water (added slowly)

Mix the dry ingredients in a large-ish bowl. Then, add the butter/ghee/lard, whatever. Mix it in with your fingers, until sort of crumbly. (Mine wasn’t super crumbly, but maybe could have been better). Then, add your hot (but not boiling) water. Add it slowly! I didn’t use quite 1/2 cup of water. The dough should be soft, not sticky. My neighbor Deep said it should be like playdough, and I agree – a dry-ish playdough. Let dough sit for 10 minutes.

Then, split the dough into 6 pieces, and roll them out as thin as you can. I tried my best to get to an 8-in round. Heat a non-stick skillet at medium/medium high heat and grease it a little. (I melted a little ghee in mine for the first one, and then didn’t add any more to the pan. I’m not sure it really needed any fat.) When you see little bubbles on top, flip it.

We had a few leftover, so I cut them up and fried them (the triangles in the picture). As delicious as any salty fried dough would be!

Swiss Chard with Black Beans and Tomatoes
I’m not going to give you a recipe for this one, just a summary, since it wasn’t great.
1. I boiled a bit more than 1 c of dried black beans, early in the day. I salted them and stored them in the fridge for later.
2. I diced three cloves of garlic, cut up one big tomato, and de-stemmed and chopped up a bunch of swiss chard.
3. Heated a tsp of olive oil, added a couple shakes of red pepper flakes, and garlic. I sauteed the swiss chard. When it was tender, I added the tomatoes and black beans.
4. Juiced half a lime into it, and added salt, pepper, and chili vinegar to taste!

The original recipe called for pinto beans and adding dots of goat cheese and baking the whole thing. I didn’t find goat cheese at the market, so I just stuffed a tortilla or two with this stuff and a little white rice and some cheddar we had laying around. Not super fancy, but a good use of ingredients, I think.

I wasn’t very exact in the preparation of this recipe, so I don’t have nutritional info for you on this one. But, it was low in fat, high in fiber, and chock full of nutritious chard 🙂

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