Recipe numero uno: Tostadas
May 13, 2010 § 2 Comments
Oh boy so — first attempt at recipe blogging, and I picked something super easy: tostadas. Plus, it’s not like this is even the best recipe I could provide you with, because I am doing this in a very abbreviated, college student manner, but hey. It’s a comfort food, and I am missing home something fierce right now.
So, you could go all out — fry the tortillas in oil, make the beans from scratch (or at least buy a can of pinto beans and heat them until their soft and mushy, my sister Brynn’s specialty), or you could do like I did for these evening’s dinner and buy the tostada shells from Wal-Mart along with a can of re-fried beans.
Ingredients (makes about 6 tostadas)
- Tostada shells
- 14.5 oz. can of re-fried beans
- Two tomatoes, depending on what kind you use (I used roma, sweet and delish)
- Few leaves of lettuce (about half a head of romaine or maybe about a third of the head of iceberg, or more if you’d like)
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Salsa that you love (I love La Victoria’s Salsa Brava, but that has been quite hard to come by for some reason in Anniston. I found the Mild La Victoria at Winn Dixie, but I need something with a little more kick, so I used Old El Paso Medium Taco Sauce)
- Onion, avocado or any other fixin’ you’d like to put on top
Heat the beans up in a saucepan on the stove at medium heat, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, dice the tomato and shred the lettuce and prepare any other toppings you might like. Stick the tostada shells in the microwave for about 20 seconds, or if you’re making a bunch, you might want to place them on a cookie sheet and into the oven for a couple of minutes. Again — you could do this the really delish way, which would involve heating oil in a frying pan and frying corn tortillas to a delightful crisp (few minutes on each side). This is something my mother does, and my sister Brynn has been able to master this. I still struggle and it usually takes me about the third tortilla to get a decent one.
Once the beans are hot and ready, spread a thin layer of beans on the shell, and top with with lettuce, tomato, cheese and salsa. Enjoy a Bralley comfort food!