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Oaxacan String Cheese Tacos

Oaxacan String Cheese Tacos
Dylan + Jeni / For the Times
Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus sprigs for serving
  • 2 limes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 can black beans (14 ounces), drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup homemade or store-bought salsa verde, plus more
  • 1 package Oaxacan cheese (10 ounces)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 8 radishes, sliced

Step 1Cut half of the jalapeño into thin slices and reserve for serving. Remove and discard the seeds and ribs from the other half, then finely chop. Put the chopped jalapeño in a bowl with the avocado, cilantro, the juice of half a lime and a pinch of salt. Mash and mix until chunky, then taste and add more lime juice and salt to taste.

Step 2Combine the beans and salsa verde in a small saucepan. Set over medium heat. Once they begin bubbling, smash a quarter of the beans to thicken the mixture slightly and reduce the heat to low to keep warm. Unroll the rope of Oaxacan cheese and tear into 16 even pieces (each about 2 inches long).

Step 3To make a taco, heat a cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put 2 cheese pieces next to each other and let sit until the bottom is dark golden brown and the top almost fully melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Place a tortilla over the cheese and press down to stick. Carefully flip the cheesy tortilla and let sit until the center of the cheese just melts, about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate and top with a spoonful of the beans, guacamole, a few radish and jalapeño slices, and some cilantro sprigs. Drizzle with more salsa verde and serve immediately. You can make up to 4 at a time, depending on the size of your skillet.


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