Not for the faint of heart. Not for dainty dinner parties.
No, only for get down and dirty eatin’ cuz tostadas are invariably messy.
You can eat so far, and then it is gonna break and fall in a mess. So keep the fork handy.
A few tips and you will have a feast. So don’t be shy. Give it a whirl, and party down.
- A package of corn tortillas, soft or hard.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lg tbsp Mexican spice seasoning
- 1 lg jalapeño, seeded and diced (or leave seeds if you like more heat
- 1 recipe frijoles refritos, or a can or two of commercial refried beans
- 1 recipe pico de gallo or a jar of commercial salsa of your liking
- condiments such as sliced lettuce or cabbage, sour cream, diced scallions, shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, avocado slices, sliced ripe olives, etc.
- Add meat to a saute pan with the jalapeno and spices, cook until meat is done.
- As to the tortillas: If using hard tortillas: Place them on a cookie sheet and place in a 275° oven until they are crispy. If you don’t do this, they will be bendable, and you won’t be able to bite off pieces. So make sure they are crispy like tortilla chips. If using fresh tortillas: take a small saute pan and cover the bottom with canola oil, about 1/8 inch deep. Heat until shimmering. Place a tortilla on the oil, and with tongs at the ready, let it fry until it starts to bubble up. Turn over, and do the other side. Leave them in long enough until they are CRISPY and break if pressure is applied. (Use the first as an experiment if you haven’t done this before). When done, place on a paper towelling lined cookie sheet and place in a 250° oven as each is done. Continue until you have done all you wish.
- Assembly: take your tortilla. Spread a tbsp or so of the refried beans around, sprinkle with lettuce or very thinly sliced cabbage. Add a tbsp of the meat, and then add whatever other condiments you wish–usually cheese, sour cream and cheese and pico de gallo.
- Hold carefully, and bite at the edge, and make a game of who can get the farthest without breaking their tostada! Just kidding.
NOTE: You can used shredded chicken in place of the beef. Cut chicken breast meat into tenders, dust in the seasoning and fry until done. This is not traditional but who cares.
- Chicken Tostadas with a twist (cookingandmyfamily.wordpress.com)
- Home and Homemade Tostadas (goingbackwards.wordpress.com)