“Why don’t they give us things we can actually use? I don’t need a thinner phone. You know what I need? I need a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole!” So said Ellen Degeneres. The same might be said of a tortilla, the humble foundation for the heavy-laden taco. For millions, this versatile, Mayan creation is a substitute for the fork, spoon, chopsticks, sandwich, and napkin.
The best tortillas I ever had were cooked by the woman in this picture some years ago on her fabricated stove top (an oil drum lid), in Tulum, Mexico. I bought a kilo for 50 cents. I’m not sure what a kilo is, but it was a good-size sack. We made the transaction with her speaking one language and me another and using lots of hand signs.
As I handed over the money, she shooed away several chickens from her outdoor kitchen, and pulled a used, plastic bag from the clothesline overhead. It was unclear what other uses the bag had been put to, but for the occasion, it had apparently been cleaned and dried in the sun.
I recently ran onto a sturdy, tasty tortilla on this side of the border. Schnuck’s, Dierberg’s, and Shop n’ Save offer Tortilla Land, a fresh, uncooked, gluten-free, stone-ground, masa tortilla with no preservatives, cholesterol, or lard. They can be cooked on a non-stick skillet without grease for 30 seconds per side and then stuffed with your favorite fillings. At 60 calories each, you might want to check these out.
I served these fish taco at the farm this past weekend and they were a great hit. The tilapia was marinated for several hours before being grilled and the salsa made from the last of our vine-ripe tomatoes. Look at the texture of those cooked tortillas! Crispy without being chewy.
I mad a simple Chipotle sauce with 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt; 2 Tbs. of mayo; and 2 tsp. of canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
Thought for the Day: “It’s good to know that a conversation about tacos will always engender a sense of comfort and happiness. If only we could sit down at a big round world table and eat tacos in a spirit of love we might begin to work on world peace!” ~Denise Chavez, A Taco Testimony