Sometimes you might be in the mood for a crunchy taco, sometimes you might want a soft taco. The only problem with the latter is that it’s hard to find Qualitarian soft taco shells — the majority of the store-bought ones have all kinds of chemicals in them to keep them soft and supple. And even though I love making my own tortillas, they fall more into the “crispy” category than into the ” soft” one.
Enter an elegant and practical solution: French crepes. Because these thin, easily-rolled pancakes are not dependent upon gluten to make them work, you can use whatever flour you’d like when making them…such as corn. Or rice, or potato, or chickpea, or whatever flavor you’d like to use to accent the filling. (Corn = Mexican, rice = Asian, chickpea = Indian, etc. Buckwheat flour is traditionally used to make Russian blinis. You get the idea.) Leftover crepes can be used to make a round PB&J, or you could fill them with hummus and slivered raw veggies for a quick lunch. Or fill the crepes with fruit and drizzle them with maple syrup for breakfast. Once you’ve made them once or twice, you’ll love the versatility and flexibility of one of the world’s most delicious flatbreads.
Soft Taco Crepes
The crepe recipe makes about a dozen crepes; top them with as much filling as you’d like. Just remember that if you add too much filling, you won’t be able to roll up the crepe!
Canned black beans, drained, or freshly-made dried beans (Eden beans are canned in BPA-free cans)
Corn kernels, fresh and simmered for 3 minutes or frozen and thawed
Crepes (see “Mastering Crepes the Easy Way” for recipe)
Fresh-style salsa (Garden Fresh is my favorite)
A sharp dry-ish cheese, such as sheep’s-milk Feta, crumbled or grated
Mix equal proportions of beans and corn in a bowl. Add as much cilantro as you like (or leave it out if you’re not a cilantro fan). Lay out crepes and top them with the corn and beans. Spoon salsa over that, then sprinkle on cheese. Finish by topping with chopped avocado.
Roll up your taco (if you haven’t overstuffed it the way I always do) and enjoy!
Note: to make these into fish tacos, just include some cooked mild-tasting fish in the filling. You could even use canned albacore.
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