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Swiss Chard with Green Chile Cabbage Salad, garnished with Salsa Sauce topped off with Mahi Mahi Rub and wrapped in delicious Hard Corn Shells (Traditional; US)

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Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Jake Spurlock, Jacob Harris
Swiss Chard =========== This is actually a Rick Bayless recipe from his cookbook _Mexican Everyday_, but we've used it a fair amount on those days we feel like not eating meat but still want to have tacos. __Ingredients__ * 1 bunch swiss or rainbow chard. Could also do spinach I guess. Probably not good with kale. * 1 onion sliced thin * 1/2 cup of chicken or vegetable broth Slice up the chard into small slices. In a large skillet, heat the oil on medium-high. Cook the onions until soft, plus some garlic and red pepper flakes if you want. Put the chard in the skillet, add the broth. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the greens are wilted and almost tender (about 5 minutes). Uncover, bring heat back to medium high and cook until almost dry. Salt as necessary. Enjoy. tags: vegetarian
Contributed by sinker, Ross Donaldson
### Green Chile Cabbage Salad with Seared Corn This isn't a tradition, or even particularly traditional -- except in my apartment in Oakland, where I make this for myself ever time I make pork tacos. #### Ingredients * 1 green cabbage * 4 limes * 2 ears corn, or roughly two cups of corn kernels (adjust to desired corn-y-ness) * Dried, Powdered New Mexico Green Chile, to taste * Salt, to taste * Olive oil * Optional: some crumbled cotija or queso Oaxaqueno #### Directions 1. If using ears of corn, strip the kernels from them with a sharp knife. 2. Heat a few tablespoons of oil over high heat. I like to use a Dutch Oven for this, but the main cookware properties you want are heavy-bottomed and wide. 3. Toss the corn kernels in to the oil, spread them evenly, salt very lightly and let them ride. I _highly_ recommend a splatter guard for this step, but **not** a lid. You want the corn to dry out just a little and get a good sear. It's done when it's starting to get dark, a little chewy, and probably is sticking to the pan. 4. While the corn is going, core and chop the cabbage in to wide strips. 5. How's the corn doing? 6. Juice the limes. 7. How's the corn doing? If it's not done yet, grab a beer and hang out 'til it is. 8. The corn is done? Great. Toss it on top of the cabbage. Add a little salt, then a good hit of olive oil, then half-or-so of the lime juice. Toss in a good tablespoon or two of the green chile powder. Start stirring. 9. You want everything coated nicely, but I don't like the salad too oily, so go easy on that. I add lime until the sour balances the sweet of the corn. I add green chile slowly -- it takes a second to rehydrate and get hot. I might add as much as a half cup of the stuff to a salad for myself or spicy food fans like me; I go easier on the spice-unenthused. 10. Serve it! If you're in to tossing a little cheese on there, do it -- but I usually just eat it straight. Sometimes this goes on fish or chicken tacos; sometimes it's a side to richer pork tacos. It's always awesome. **Note on ingredients**: green chile is the gastronomical life blood of New Mexican cuisine, but it's little known in the other 49 states. I like a brand called [_Los Chileros de Nuevo Mexico_](http://www.loschileros.com/), which I can find sometimes in tiendas and other times at Whole Foods (go figure). The trick here is this: just don't accept substitutes. It's not the same. I've also had to accept that fresh chile is just not what this salad needs, so don't do that either (it doesn't distribute well enough across the cabbage). Do have this with cold, crisp beer. tags: vegetarian, vegan
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Jake Spurlock, KatherineMichel
Salsa Sauce ============ From What's Cookin' Cookbook: A Recipe Collection from the Schlaback Family * 14 c. tomatoes, chopped * 2 1/2 c. onions * 4 tsp. fresh garlic * 2 (4 oz.) canned green chilies * 1 tsp. garlic powder * 1 tsp. salt * 2 tsp. paprika * 1/2 tsp. ground cumin * 1/4 tsp. oregano * 1 tsp. chili powder * 1/2 c. vinegar * 1 Tbsp. brown sugar Mix and bring to a boil. Cook down 1 1/2 hours. Cold pack for 20 minutes. tags: vegetarian, vegan
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Jake Spurlock, Mat Marquis
Mahi Mahi Rub ============== A rub for Mahi Mahi, if fish tacos be what you're fancying: * 1 Part spicy chili powder * 1 Part salt * 1 Part ground cumin * 1/2 Part chopped cilantro * 1/2 Part cayenne * 1/2 Part pepper * 1/2 Part oregano * 1/2 Part onion powder * 1/2 Part garlic powder You choose your measurements and enjoy! tags: vegetarian, vegan
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Tim Murtaugh, Tim Murtaugh
Hard Corn Shells (Traditional; US) ====================== Mistakenly thought by many to be traditionally Mexican, hard shells were actually popularized in the US in the mid-20th century. While they can certainly be made at home (if you have access to a deep-fryer), the best method of obtaining hard taco shells is to head to the grocery store. If you line them with a lettuce leaf rather than using chopped lettuce, when the shell cracks you won't lose the contents into your lap. tags: vegetarian