Blue Corn Tacos with Fresh Cut Corn

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Summer means something a little different to everyone.  We all have our own favorite warm weather meals, dinnertime rituals, and memories of summer's past.


To me, summertime is the memory of eating dinner on my family's deck.  Sitting there, for what seemed to be hours, talking about our days and munching on the various items made on our grill.  Herb and olive oil roasted potatoes and grilled veggies would fill my plate.  I always struggled to stuff the last few bites into my belly, but I always managed.

But, perhaps, one of my most vivid and favorite memories of summer's past was one when I was no more than six or seven years old.  I was sitting on my aunt's deck with my mom at what I must assume was a summer party.  My two front teeth were both missing at the time, which made food very difficult to chew properly.  My mom sat there, cutting corn from the cob so that I could enjoy my favorite summertime delicacy.  To me, cutting corn from the cob for someone equates to love.  It makes me think of my mom.


These days, summer consists of simple stuffed blue corn tacos with fresh corn, cut from the cob.  I always cut the corn off the cob for Dayv, even though he has never asked me to do so.  But I always think it tastes better that way, especially when someone else does it for you.  It's probably the love.


Blue Corn Tacos
makes six
6 blue corn taco shells

approx 1/3-1/2 cup salsa

1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
1/2 cup water
1 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup diced tomato
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

Preheat oven to 400.

Combine brown rice and water in small saucepan.  Bring to boil, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Cook until all water has been absorbed.  Set aside.

Place taco shells on baking sheet and place in preheated oven for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven.

After tacos have slightly cooled, take one taco shell and coat the inside with salsa.  Next, place a couple tablespoons of brown rice at the bottom of the shell.  Follow with a few tablespoons of black beans, tomato, and finish with the lettuce.  Stuff as much fillings as possible in the taco shell.  Repeat with remaining taco shells and fillings.

Fresh Cut Corn on the Cob
1-4 corn on the cobs
Earth Balance
sea salt

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Drop in the cobs, slightly reduce heat, and allow to boil for 10 minutes.  Remove cobs from water and allow to cool slightly.  Place each cob in a separate bowl and carefully cut away the corn kernels, working your way around the cob.  Add a teaspoon or so of Earth Balance to each bowl, mix, and salt to taste.

Enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. This sounds like a delicious meal! I haven't had blue corn taco shells (only blue corn chips), so I will have to pick some up soon. So excited to try this!

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    1. great, ingrid! i hope you enjoy them, they're SO GOOD!!

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  2. Yum! These would be perfect for lunch! :)

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  3. wow delicious looking meal. I love your photos...!!

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  4. so sweet.. i remember my ma doing similar stuff for me when i lost my teeth. making interesting soft foods, cutting small apple slices :) and then hubbs did some when i got my wisdom teeth out. made so many soups and noodle dishes all day for 2 days:)
    love these pretty tacos, perfect for a warm day out. and i love that you take the corn off the cob for dayv. love your cute smile from the ny pictures. tight squeeze!

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    1. moms are the best <3 and i'm jealous of your husband that made you meals :P

      you're so sweet <3 i'm glad you enjoyed our nyc photos <3 tight squeeze right back at ya!

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  5. I love the idea of cutting the corn off the cob. I does seem like an act filled with love, just like trimming the crust from a child's sandwich. And I love the blue corn tacos- such a nice, fancy twist! That final pic of the tacos is gorgeous! :-)

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    1. it's just like that! you made the best correlations ;)

      and i never thought of blue corn tacos being fancy, but from now on i will think of them way ;)

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  6. Sitting out on my parents' deck and having long, lazy dinners with the whole family outside is one of my favourite memories of summer too! I always eat as much corn on the cob as I can in July and August - although I still prefer to eat it on the cob! Love those blue corn tacos - I've never seen such a thing!

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    1. corn on the cob is just so amazing...and so are family dinners on decks ;) and that's so funny that you've never seen blue corn tacos!

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  7. I love lazy family Summer BBQ's, and obvisouly you got your sweetness from your Mom. I love freshly cut of the cob corn with a ton of fresh pepper, salt and vegan butter - aaah summer in one bite!

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  8. You know how much I love blue corn tacos!!!! These sound very light and refreshing.

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    1. oh..i know! one day, i will make your all-time faves, and it will be magnificent ;)

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  9. Aw, sweet! I love this post! My mom always peeled and separated the orange slices, and to me, those oranges were the sweetest! :)

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  10. Wish I got ready taco shells here in India!! They look so tempting :)

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    1. i never realized these were a delicacy ;)

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