7 layer tacos.
…because sometimes (read: all the time) you just need some toppings in yo life.
i <3 tacos. Which is a) why i wrote that post on how to eat tacos for every meal in Houston and 2) why we’re here again talking about tacos.
Growing up my grandma would make a 7 layer dip and this recipe is pretty much that dip in taco form. If someone could make a spinach artichoke dip taco, please mail me one because I would very much like to try it.
Also when we were growing up, my family ate Mexican food pretty much every Thursday night. So pretty much every Thursday night from ages 11 to 18 I had some version of a taco at least once a week. That is how you know you are living right.
This isn’t really even a recipe. It’s more of an idea, which is just how I like recipes. I like recipes for inspiration, but not to follow down.to.the.last.detail. Whenever I have to follow a recipe I feel like I’m being suffocated. Last year I ended up on a media trip for a food company and I was surrounded by Type A dietitians and we had this “fun” activity of being in a culinary school kitchen an preparing recipes together. I thought I was going to lose my freaking mind. And I did semi-lose my freaking mind because I ended up walking out of said “fun” activity and driving home early. I don’t like being told how to make food (omg. I would be the worst fit for culinary school.)
In my defense they were VERY diet-y dietitians I was surrounded by and I couldn’t stand to be around them for a millisecond more. If you were me, you would’ve done the same!
The worst moment was when one of the dietitians mentioned that when she’s pregnant she must let everyone around her know asap because since she’s a dietitian she doesn’t want anyone to think she is “getting fat.” God forbid you gain weight when you’re pregnant or even when you’re not pregnant. That’s about the moment I lost my mind and walked out. Diet mentality is EVERYWHERE. Especially among dietitians, which can suck when I’m at events with other dietitians. I should carry around copies of how to be okay gaining weight or why not to go on a diet this year. I’d never actually do that. I’ll just passive aggressively tell you about things that annoy me. Sorry if that annoys you.
That was a random story.
Moving on to Tacolandia.
The very best way to heat a tortilla is just like the above photo (i’m sure I learned that heating technique from Jessica). The tortilla gets warm and puffy and crispy. I’m telling you, it’s everything you want to pile toppings onto.
For this I choose 7 toppings that sounded like a good time. My favorite of these toppings is probably the mashed black beans + cumin + lime juice. I wanna make some avocado toast with those beans…that would be a dream boat. Or perhaps just a taco with mashed black beans + guac + queso. That sounds like a dream boat (erm, taco) too.
When you think about it, tacos are pretty much a topping boat. What a joyful thought.
If there are other toppings your heart is leading you towards, follow your heart. The toppings options are SO VAST.
(pssst. if you can find radishes in your grocery store, you should totally thinly slice them and top the tacos with them. that would make these the prettiest. the radishes at my grocery store were MIA this week.)
(psst #2: Also in my life this week –> I tried to set a new bed time of 10:30pm. It was 10:45, but I’m attempting to move it up a bit. It’s currently 11:37pm. I think I’m doing something wrong. ahhhhh. someone come move in with me and keep me accountable for doing the things I want to do, but don’t do.)
7 layer tacos.
Yield: some tacos
Total Time: 20 minutes
mashed black beans + dash cumin + squeeze lime juice
thinly sliced onions caramelized in butter
cilantro + chives + tomatoes
1 part greek yogurt + 1 part BBQ sauce + squeeze lime juice
Layer all the layers in a warm tortilla.