Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Spinach, Bacon and Onion Tacos

This dish is not at all what I normally think of when I think of tacos, there's no ground beef or sour cream, but oh, what a great change of pace.
Spinach, Bacon & Onion Taco
The filling was really flavorful & satisfying (and actually probably pretty good for you). The original recipe did not include bacon. It had you cook the onions in olive oil or bacon fat & we thought, well why not just include the bacon the fat came from? (Because really bacon makes everything better right?! Ok, if you are vegetarian leave the bacon out & just use some olive oil, it'll still be good.) This is also one of those dishes that comes together pretty quickly so it would be perfect for a busy day.
Spinach, Bacon & Onion Taco
Spinach, Bacon and Onion Tacos
(adapted from Rick Bayless Mexican Everyday)

2.5 oz bacon, cut into large pieces
1/2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 green garlics, white & light green parts finely minced
1/4 t crushed red chili flakes
1/4 c water
1/4 t salt
5 oz spinach
6 taco-sized tortillas
1/2 c crumbly cheese like queso fresca (we used ricotta salada)

Add the bacon & olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for a few minutes allowing the bacon to render some of its fat. Add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned about 8 - 10 minutes. Stir in garlic & chili flakes & cook until just fragrant. Add the water, salt & spinach. Cover the pan & reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the spinach is just tender about 2 minutes. Remove lid & stir until the filling is nearly dry.

Heat the tortillas. Top with the spinach filling, salsa & cheese.

Makes 6 tacos (2 servings)

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meseidy said...

This looks delicious,but if I fed it to my husband, he would be so "Where's the beef". Who cares I will eat it. :D

Justin said...

this sounds great and looks super easy

Marianne said...

Looks great. I really like the simplicity of it.

maybelle's mom said...

I bet it would be good with or without bacon. And, it does seem pretty healthy--at least iron rich.

Lori said...

Wow, what a great idea! I lost my thoughts of traditional tacos when I was introduced to the fish taco. Ha,ha! This sounds like a wonderful substitute for the standard ground beef and sour cream. Bright and colorful too!

Lori said...

That taco DOES look tastey. Actually it is more kind of a taco. Like you said- I bet it was very flavorful.

Sharon said...

I get bored of the same tacos all the time. This is perfect!

Allen said...

What a great mix of flavors! I think including the bacon was a wise choice :-)

amarillo said...

Looks delicious, and easy to cook.

I was looking at the green garlic at the farmers market the other day, thinking what to make with it - and here it is!

grace said...

what unique and enticing tacos! the spinach sounds like a wonderful component, and i'm all about some onions softened in bacon fat. the cheese looks pretty stellar too. yeah, i'd say this is full of win. :)

Maris said...

Mmm like a warm spinach salad in a taco! Very creative - and who needs the ground beef when you've got BACON!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Oh yeah, the bacon makes these perfect.

Peter M said...

Funny, the much maligned bacon still appears everywhere in your diets and different cuisines.

Welcome bacon to tacos!

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