Surprisingly, my mom used to make tacos for us quite regularly when we were kids. Being in a traditional Indian home, it seems quite unusual that she loved tacos and got us to love it too. Coming home, tired and hungry from school, we'd see that we had tacos for dinner and our faces would all light up.
I would order burritos and quesadillas and fajitas but never did have a taco in a restaurant! Now, moving back home, I saw these ready-made taco shells, and decided to give it a shot. It brought back great memories and it's now been re-introduced as a regular feature on the menu.
1 can baked beans
1-2 cups of cooked corn
2 tomatoes, chopped
2-3 sprigs cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp chilli powder (or) garam masala
Spicy tomato ketchup (I used Maggi Hot and Sweet) (or) Medium Spicy Salsa
1-2 Jalapenos or green chillies (optional), chopped
1 cup Mozzarella, shredded
Tacos are very easy and a great snack or a light entree - its just a question of assembling them with your favorite fillings. Here, I've used simple ingredients that are easy to find.
If you'd like to try your hand at making the shells, here's a great resource. You can also get ready-made shells and heat them in your oven for about 10 minutes when ready to use.
Heat the baked beans in a pan. Add chilli powder or garam masala. I also added chopped jalapenos. Once heated through and blended in with the spices, remove from heat.
Fill each taco shell with the a layer of baked beans. Then add a layer of cooked corn sprinkled with cilantro. Next, add a layer of tomatoes (you could also use chopped raw onions), and then a layer of cheese. Top with the spicy ketchup or salsa.
Be creative and add any ingredient you'd like - grilled green peppers, grilled onions, minced beef/chicken... Enjoy.
This is my entry for AWED by DK of Culinary Bazaar.