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Dandelion green and Christmas lima bean tacos

Dandelion green and Christmas lima bean tacos
Los Angeles Times

Beneath a thatch of wilted dandelion greens, the Christmas lima beans spill out, earthy and enticing, their pretty speckled markings still faintly visible after a few hours in the pot. This is the brilliant architecture of a taco so tasty ... Read more

Total time: 2 hours, 10 minutes | Makes 1 1/2 dozen tacos
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (a generous cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups dried Christmas lima beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tomatillos, finely chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 large red onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 jalapenos, minced
  • 1 large bunch cilantro, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • Juice of 2 limes, plus wedges for garnish
  • 2 bunches dandelion greens, cleaned and roughly chopped, about 8 cups
  • 18 corn tortillas

Step 1In a 3-quart soup pot or cast-iron casserole (with a lid that fits), heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the onions and garlic over medium-low heat until softened, about 10 minutes.

Step 2After the vegetables are soft, add the dried beans and water to cover, about 3 cups. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with the lid, stirring occasionally. After 45 minutes, add the black pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and additional water if necessary to keep the beans covered. Cover and continue to cook until the beans are soft, again stirring occasionally, another 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the beans are tender, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. This makes about 6 cups cooked beans.

Step 3While the beans are cooking, make the salsa verde. In a medium bowl, combine the chopped tomatillos, red onion, jalapenos, cilantro, 1 tablespoon olive oil, a pinch of kosher salt and the juice of 2 limes. Stir to combine and reserve. This makes about 2 cups salsa.

Step 4Place the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chopped dandelion greens to the pan with a pinch of salt and saute, stirring frequently, until the greens are wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. 5. Heat the tortillas over an open flame or in a griddle or saute pan on high heat, turning them over so that both sides are hot and lightly toasted. Assemble the tacos by arranging the grilled tortillas on individual plates or on a platter. Place about one-third cup of beans onto each tortilla, top with about one-fourth cup wilted greens and salsa verde to taste. Squeeze a wedge of lime over each taco (or serve with lime wedges) and serve immediately.

Note: Christmas limas are available at farmers markets and online. Dandelion greens are available at farmers markets and well-stocked supermarkets. Both the beans and salsa can be made the day before.


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