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Cuban-Style Black Bean and Elote Tacos

  • Author: Taming of the Spoon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the pickled onions

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup sliced red onions

For the corn

  • 3 ears fresh corn, husk and silk removed
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt

For the black beans

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon¬†apple cider vinegar

For serving

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup finely crumbled cotija cheese (or substitute queso fresco or feta cheese)
  • lime wedges

Instructions

For the pickled onions

  • In a small saucepan, stir together the apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, and salt until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Add the onions to the vinegar mixture. Bring the onions to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Toss the onions around occasionally as they simmer so they cook evenly in the pickling liquid. Set aside.

For the corn

  • Place the ears of corn on microwave-safe plate and cover with wax paper. Cook the corn in the microwave for 6-8 minutes, turning the cobs every 2 minutes until the corn is just cooked. Let cool.
  • When the corn is cool enough to handle, cut the corn kernels off the cobs (see Notes). Discard the cobs and place the kernels in a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice, chili powder, and a pinch of salt. Stir until evenly mixed. Adjust salt to taste. Set aside.

For the black beans

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, oregano, and chili powder. Cook until the onions are softened, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the black beans, vegetable broth, and apple cider vinegar. ¬†Mash about 1/4 of the black beans with a fork or back of a spatula. Simmer the mixture over medium heat until slightly thickened and most of the liquid is gone, 5-6 minutes.

For serving

  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave or char them on an open flame. Top each tortilla with some black beans, corn, pickled onions, and cotija cheese. Sprinkle additional cilantro and lime juice on top, if desired.

Notes

You can also grill the corn if you prefer a smokier flavor.

  • To cut the kernels off the cob, use one hand to stand the cob up on a rimmed baking sheet, with your other hand run a sharp knife down the cob cutting through the kernels as you go.