CSA Cooking Show: Ulu Nachos, Taco Beef, & Mango Salsa

Here it is friends — ulu nachos! The best way to eat ulu in the most gloriously kid-friendly way. Chips cut thicker than thin, Hawaiian salted, and fried to a perfect crunch then heaped high with cheese, taco beef, black beans, and mango salsa. 

There’s a few secrets here — first, wash your ulu really well and leave the skin on. Like almost every fruit and veg in the universe the skin is loaded with vitamins and minerals and leaving it on not only boosts nutrition value it saves you time. Second, cut your chips a little thick for a meatier texture that just hits different than any store-bought chip out there. Plus, the thickness will help your chips stand up to the weight of all your yummy toppings. Third, take this extra teeny step of laying your chips out onto a baking sheet and coating each one with it’s own little cheese blanket. Trust, it’s worth it. Especially if you’re sharing these delicious ulu nachos with the family.

While your chips and cheese meet the heat you can whip together your taco beef and mango salsa. Recipe for our dragonfruit-mango slurpee will be posted here soon! Whether you choose to sip on your slurpee while assembling your nachos or waiting til they’re finished is up to you. Studies show that enjoying an icee drink while working in a hot kitchen makes cooking 100% more enjoyable.

Enjoy these recipes and tag us on social media if you try them! We appreciate your support and aloha for agriculture on Kaua’i and look forward to seeing you soon in the Mālama Kaua‘i Kitchen! A hui hou!

Ulu Nachos

Chips for Ulu Nachos:

  • 1 medium sized ‘Ulu 
  • Red Hawaiian Salt
  • Oil
  • Cheese, shredded mexi-blend or your favorite melting cheese

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Wash the outside of your ‘ulu very well. Using a sharp knife, cut your ‘ulu in half then quarters and finally into chips. 
  2. In a large pan heat oil on medium-high heat. When hot add chips in an even layer and fry until golden brown. Remove from pan and allow to drain on a wire rack or plate with a paper towel. 
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. When all of your chips are finished frying, lay them out on a large baking sheet and top each chip with cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. While the chips are baking make your taco beef.

Taco Beef Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef
  • 4 medium Tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 small Carrots, diced
  • 2-3 leaves Kale, chopped
  • 2 tsp Red Hawaiian Salt
  • 1 can Black beans
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Chop tomatoes into medium sized chunks. 
  2. Peel carrots and cut into bite size pieces. 
  3. Dice kale into small pieces.
  4. Heat a large pan on medium heat. When the pan is hot add your ground beef and cook for a few minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. When the tomatoes have cooked down and released their juices and the carrots are tender remove the pan from the heat and prepare your salsa. 

Mango Salsa Ingredients:

  • 3 fresh Mangoes, diced
  • 1 medium Red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ C. Red onion, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • ¼ C. Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 large Lime, juiced
  • ¼ tsp. Red Hawaiian salt

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Dice your mangoes and chop your red bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro. Seed and mince your jalapeño and add everything to a big mixing bowl. 
  2. Juice your lime into the bowl and add salt. Now, you’re ready to nacho.

Assemble Your Ulu Nachos (you’re almost done!)

  • Plate your chips in a serving dish.
  • Add your taco beef and mango salsa.
  • Dig in!

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