Friday, April 25, 2008

Veggie Tacos

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.



Veggie Tacos

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.

To arrange:
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.

20 comments:

kamala said...

Tacos looks yummy

ANJALI J. said...

thats a good recipe. i loved it.. they look delicioussss!

Rachel said...

lovely! BTW I was thinking of making tacos too for this event :)

Cham said...

Beautiful looking tacos, good one

Cilantro said...

Good looking Tacos especially the second one....

Srivalli said...

hey they look greaT..:)

Uma said...

mouth-watering tacos. lovely.

Madhavi said...

Tacos looks awesome, great entry!!!

Divya Vikram said...

Nice one..my favorite

Vanamala said...

Looks good & healthy stuff

Arundathi said...

Thanks everyone!! Much appreciated! I loved eating them after taking the photos! lol!!
Rachel, please go ahead and make them - can never have too many tacos! And I'd love to see your version!

karuna said...

nice tacos....we too make it at home, using baked beans, and giving it tht desi touch.
nice recipe.

Dhivya said...

great entry!looks so delicious

Arundathi said...

@ karuna - was just thinking after reading that post that its funny that its the one mexican dish that we enjoyed at home in india! how come we didnt do fajitas and burritos (which are so close to kathi rolls!)... strange!

@ dhivya - thanks!

zlamushka said...

fab tacos. i love them with beans

Arundathi said...

yup - they really are!

Jamie said...

These look SOOO good. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I am sure it will be a real hit in my house!

Arundathi said...

Thanks Jamie - Enjoy!

DK said...

This is simply perfect Arundathi! They are a joy to luk at for any food lover. Its really amazing that you got to eat this food in India home made! hats off to your mum..Guess her cooking and curiosity for varied cuisine has rubbed off on you too! Its wonderful and thanks a bunch for sending them my way :)

Arundathi said...

dk - you are very welcome - i really enjoyed taking part and am waiting for the round up! (and for the next theme - lol!)