The combination of a CSA box and the need for fast or make ahead meals causes me to branch out to recipes I may not normally try. This is one of those. Tacos with kale? What the what? We loved this recipe!
I varied greatly from the original recipe, mostly because I was supposed to let the homemade chorizo sit over night for flavors to combine. I kinda missed reading that part and marking it appropriately on my weekly menu. When I was prepping my supper ingredients before swim practice, I looked over the recipe and read refrigerate over night. Oops. For a variety of reasons, I combined the first four steps which would have taken substantial time into one short, much quicker step.
We still loved the recipe!
I'm contemplating doing a Taco night when it's my night to cook at our extended family's beach week (unless someone else wants to cook--then I'm completely fine with giving up my taco night plans!). This would be on the menu, it's that good. It comes together rather quickly when you skip and combine steps like I did. Or, you could actually refrigerate the chorizo over night and have a much more intensely flavored sausage.
Serves 4 - 6
Green Chorizo, Kale, and Potato Tacos
adapted from Food and Wine magazine
1/8 t whole black peppercorns
1/8 t whole coriander seeds
1/8 t dried oregano
1 bay leaf, crushed
2 unpeeled garlic cloves
1 small poblano chile (optional)
1 c lightly packed parsley leaves, finely chopped
2 T red wine vinegar
3/4 lb ground pork
1 lb small potatoes, sliced crosswise and cut into 1/2" rounds
1/4 c olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 lb kale, stems discarded and leaves removed
12 warm corn tortillas
crumbled queso fresco
To make the chorizo: in a small skillet toast the peppercorns, coriander seeds, oregano, bay leaf, and clove over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to spice grinder and finely grind them. In the same skillet, roast the garlic cloves over high heat, turning until tender and charred in spots, about 10 minutes. Cook, then peel. Finely grind the garlic in the spice grinder (if your spice grinder will handle such things). If you are using the poblano (we didn't because the kids don't like spice), char all over, either using a gas flame, broiler, or gas grill. Place in a bowl and cover tightly. Let sit for 10 minutes, then peel, stem and side the chile. Finely chop. Combine poblano, garlic, spices, parsley, red wine vinegar, 1 1/2 t salt, and ground pork. If you are on top things, tightly cover pork and refrigerate over night. If you haven't read the recipe through until right now, skip the refrigeration part and continue on.
Toss the potatoes with 1 T olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 350 degrees oven for 20 - 30 minutes, or until golden and tender, turning potatoes once. While the potatoes roast, heat 3 T olive oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and pork mixture and cook over medium high heat until meat starts to brown, breaking up large clumps with a wooden spoon. Add the kale and toss until it fits nicely into the pan (because it's wilted). Add one cup of water. Cook over medium low heat until the kale the is tender and the chorizo is cooked, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Fold in the potatoes and season to taste with salt and pepper.
To serve: Spoon some of the kale, chorizo, and potato mixture into the center of a warm corn tortilla. Top with a sprinkle of queso fresco, sour cream, and salsa as desired. Roll up and eat.