Huaraches

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Huaraches are a Mexican specialty that is easy to make and really delicious. A perfect combo. So huaraches are super easy to assemble. It is all in the prep work. Lots of chopping and heating up but once that is done you are good to go. These bad boys are named huaraches, or sandals, for the huarache-shaped oblong the masa is shaped into. How cute is that?

For a veggie version make, or buy, refried beans and cook up some vegan or vegetarian chorizo. Chop up some fresh veggies like lettuce, tomato and avocado; crumble up some cheese and your huarache masterpiece is done. Like I said: Easy.

WHAT YOU NEED:

– 1 cup of refried beans (homemade or canned);
– 1 10oz. package of vegan or vegetarian chorizo, cooked;
– 2 cups of masa harina or prepared masa;
-shredded lettuce;
-diced tomato;
-crumbled cheese (pick a cheese, any cheese. Personally I like a good aged cheese like cotija or even parmesan but a fresh cheese would work as well);
-sliced avocados

WHAT YOU DO:

Prepare masa according to package directions (I generally add a good splash of oil to the mix to add extra moisture and some cumin for flavor). Separate dough into golf-ball sized balls. Using the palm of your hand or a rolling pin (ahem, palm of your hand) flatten out the dough into an oblong shape to resemble a huarache, or sandal. Heat griddle or non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Place huarache on griddle and cook until it begins to char. Flip and cook until a nice crust is developed and the huarache is cooked through.

dough

To assemble: Slather a layer of beans on top of the huarache. Spoon the chorizo, pressing chorizo gently into the beans (this will help the chorizo from slipping off when taking a bite). Top with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and avocado.

veggies

Devour.

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