Waffle Tacos: A Party on Your PlateBrooke McLay
Here’s the thing about dinner. It gets boring. There’s spaghetti. There’s chili. There’s the occasional chicken breast. And, maybe in a month you go all out and cook up a hunk of salmon with miso. Still, sometimes dinner gets boring. Add to that the blah winter nights that call for creamy soups and comfort food, and you can be left feeling quite uninspired. Bland, even.
So, what would happen if you took a dinner time classic — your average, ordinary taco — and made it anything but ho-hum? What if you heaped steaming hot Black Bean Taco Meat over crispy waffles then topped it with the fresh crunch of chopped scallions, cool pieces of avocado, a dollop of mild tasting sour cream? Why, you’d be just minutes away from serving up a meal that turns your dinnertime into party time.
You’d have a meal that would impress both the guys coming over to hoot and holler at the Superbowl, as well as those gal pals you’ve invited over for a late night chat. You’d have Waffle Tacos. And your life would never again be boring, bland, or blue.
For the Waffles:
2 cups milk
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and oil. In a second large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until incorporated. You want the mixture to be lumpy. That’s perfect! Spoon onto a waffle iron. Bake until golden brown and crispy. If making several waffles, place the cooked waffles on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 200 degrees to keep them warm until ready to serve.
For Black Bean Taco Meat:
1/2 pound ground beef
1 green bell pepper
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
2 tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/3 cup water
In a skillet, brown the ground beef until brown. Add the bell pepper and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the black beans, tomatoes, and spices. Cook until tomatoes are softened, then add the water and allow the mixture to boil down slightly.
To Serve the Waffles:
Spoon the Black Bean Taco Meat over hot waffles. Top with your favorite taco toppings:
- Diced tomatoes or your favorite salsa
- Diced avocado
- Chopped scallions
- Chopped Cilantro
- Grated Cheddar Cheese
- Sour Cream