Spinach/ricotta tacos with barbecued steak strips

Easy, fresh, and festive. A special light lunch or the foundation for a dinner plate special. Add a pitcher of Sangria or a blended margarita as a thirst quencher. It’s a party in your mouth. Since when has spinach not been a party in your mouth?


The Shopping List

  • 8 ounces ricotta
  • 2 bunches fresh spinach
  • 2 4-ounce cans green chile peppers (sliced)
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms or a 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives
  • 1 dozen corn or flour tortillas
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 white onion
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil (Wesson)
  • Pepper
  • Salsa Verde (Make your own/buy your favorite)
  • 1 pound barbecued steak

Let’s cook!

Have the ricotta at room temperature. Combine it with the chopped cilantro, 2 to 3 cloves finely chopped garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Set this aside.

Over a high heat, in a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the sliced onion rings and cook without stirring for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Continue cooking and stirring for about 1-2 minutes more until the onions begin to soften and turn golden. Then add the cumin, chiles, sliced mushrooms, and the spinach (in small amounts). Cook and stir until the spinach begins to wilt. Add the last 2 to 3 cloves of chopped garlic and cook until the spinach is completely wilted (2 to 3 more minutes). Season to taste, set aside, and keep warm.

tumblr_ligxhspno41qfpkr4Warm the tortillas in damp paper towels in the microwave or heat them in the skillet. Divide the spinach mixture among the tortillas, top with the ricotta mixture, and a spoonful or two of salsa to each tortilla. Serve meatless or add the sliced meat, poultry, or fish of your choice. Fold in half or roll. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped chives and/or cilantro.

Serving suggestions / Presentation

Serve extra salsa on the side. Add sliced avocados, olives and/or tomatoes if desired. Cilantro rice goes nicely with this dish and black beans too.

Change it up….Sometimes you may want to substitute

To really kick it up, add sliced grilled steak, baby shrimp, tuna chunks, or cubed left over chicken pieces.



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