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Hello, I’m Candice

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Hibiscus Flower Tacos

Hibiscus Flower Tacos

This recipe is adapted from the cookbook Decolonize your Diet. It’s a lovely book and I recommend it to anyone looking to introduce healthier eating techniques into their diet. When I first came across the recipe I was a little nervous since I’m not always convinced by recipes that use alternative ingredients for dishes I particularly love. However given the history of using Hibiscus flowers in savory Latin dishes, I figured it could not hurt to try. So when I found bulk Hibiscus flower at my local Latin market, I decided to give this recipe a go. It’s spicy, tart, and goes perfect with a little Crema and a side of Avocado.

Hibiscus Flower Tacos

Serving: 8 Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup dried Hibiscus Flowers

  • 2 tsp honey ( I used raw, local)

  • 1 Tb Sunflower oil (can use vegetable)

  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion, diced

  • 5 small purple potatoes, scrubbed and diced (can substitute for another potato)

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 Tb minced chipotle, or 1 Tb Chipotle powder and 1 Tb Chili Powder

  • Salt/Pepper to taste

  • 1 Serrano pepper, thinly sliced

  • 8 Corn Tortillas

Optional Toppings:

  • Salsa

  • Avocado

  • Queso Fresco

  • Crema or Sour Cream

  • Limes

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan on medium-high heat, place flowers, honey, and 2 Cups water and simmer for 25 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile in a medium frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute onions for about 5 minutes.

  3. Strain flowers, reserving 1/2-1 cup for braising and the rest can be used to make Agua Fresca. Coarsely chop the flowers and add to onion. Stir in potatoes and garlic, saute for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Add seasoning , Serrano, and 1/2 cup reserved liquid. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.

  4. Remove from heat and adjust seasoning as needed.

  5. Serve with warmed tortillas and optional toppings.


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