Kale and Onions Tacos with Guajillo Salsa
The Guajillo (wha-hee-oh) chile is the most common dried chile in Mexico after the Ancho. The flavor of the Guajillo is distinct, slightly fruity with a strong piney, berry under taste. Guajillo flavors dished easily so a little goes a long way. This chile is between a 2-4 on the heat scale of 1-10. Guajillo, combined with the Passilla and Ancho, form the holy trinity of chiles used to prepare the traditional mole sauces.
A mildly hot chile. Use in sauces, salsa, soups and your favorite chile. A little goes a long way.
For the Tacos:
1 bunch Tuscan kale (tough stems removed), cut into strips
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
3 finely chopped garlic cloves
Pinch red pepper flakes
8 corn tortillas
4 oz queso fresco, crumbled
For the Salsa:
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 guajillo chiles, stems and seeds removed
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
4 medium tomatillos, husks removed, sliced in half horizontally
1/3 cup water
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until browned and soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and stir a few times, then add the kale. Cook, stirring, until the kale is soft (about 7 minutes), adding water if it gets too dry and the pan begins to scorch. Add salt to taste, then remove from heat.
Heat the tortillas in a warm oven, or directly over the flame of a gas range for a few seconds on each side. Put a little filling in each tortilla, top with salsa (recipe below) and crumbled cheese.
Put the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the chiles in the hot oil and turn every few seconds until very fragrant (about 30 seconds total). Remove with tongs and let as much oil drip off as possible. Pour out the oil and wipe the skillet with a paper towell. Heat the garlic and tomatillos (seed side down) until browned on the bottom, then flip them over. They will cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat, and put the garlic and tomatillos into the blender with the chiles and 1/3 cup water. Blend until almost smooth, then add salt to taste. Pour into a bowl to cool.