Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Tacos

Serves: 4


12 ounces, weight swiss chard, thick lower stems removed

1/2-1 tablespoon oil, lard or bacon drippings

1 whole onion, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less depending on heat preference

1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water


12 whole corn tortillas, warm

1 cup queso fresco, or other fresh cheese such as feta or goat cheese

3/4 cups salsa, your favorite


Slice the chard into 1/2-inch ribbons. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion then cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. To the onions, add the red pepper flakes and garlic. Stir for about 20 seconds until you are hit with the aroma of the garlic, then immediately add the broth or water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the greens. Adjust the heat to medium-low then cover the skillet. Cook until the greens are almost tender, about 5 minutes.

Uncover the pan, adjust the heat to medium-high, then cook until the juices have reduced significantly and merely glaze the greens. Taste and add salt if you think it needs it.

Serve with the corn tortillas, crumbled fresh cheese and salsa.

Popular vegetable substitutions include: Rainbow Chard

Recipe and photo by Rick Bayless.