Corn smut. Sounds awful, but sheeeoot… It is delicious. It is known in Mexico as “huitlacoche”, and it has been a prized ingredient there for a long, long time. In some circles it is known as the Mexican Truffle.
Alejandra’s quesadilla cart (usually at Echo Park Ave. on weekends, just south of Sunset, a few blocks from Echo Park Lake) serves huitlacoche quesdillas, made with blue corn tortillas. I like mine with chicken.
To the skeptics out there who may be reluctant to eat a bluish-gray tortilla with corn fungus inside, I will simply quote the ineffable Sam I Am: “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may I say.”