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    Jalisco-Style Tostadas (Or Sopes)

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    35 mins

    20 mins

    15 mins

    Cookgirl's Note:

    A local recipe and I changed a few things around in several places. Originally, the recipe was for sopes not tostadas but I have problems frying the tortillas for making sopes (they always fall apart and/or lose their shape). Until I master that technique, it's tostadas for us. We buy a good quality, locally made/locally sourced chorizo that contains red wine vinegar and NO preservatives or other yucky stuff. I will try to post a copycat recipe for that one in the near future. The recipe is easily adaptable to vegetarian by subbing tempeh or similar.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    tostadas

    Units: US | Metric

    • 1/3 lb raw mexican chorizo sausage, casings removed and crumbled (we used two chorizo links)
    • 1 lb free range ground beef (ground chicken, buffalo or turkey can be substituted if you prefer)
    • 2 cups refried beans (I made homemade lightly seasoned black beans in the crock pot)

    Tostadas

    Garnishes

    • 1 cup Cotija cheese (lucky we are to have a locally made cotija!) or 1 cup queso fresco, crumbled (lucky we are to have a locally made cotija!)
    • 2 cups green cabbage (we used a combination of green cabbage and butter lettuce) or 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded (we used a combination of green cabbage and butter lettuce)
    • 1/2 cup Mexican crema (we tried the latter! Good!) or 1/2 cup sour cream mixed with 2 t heavy cream (we tried the latter! Good!)
    • fresh cilantro, chopped (FRESH!)
    • 2 -3 radishes, minced
    • 1 lime, cut into small wedges

    Pico de Gallo

    • 6 roma tomatoes, diced small (or other favorite tomatoes of your choice)
    • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
    • 1/2 medium white onion, diced small
    • 1 -2 jalapeno, seeded and finely minced (I only used equivalent of 1 tablespoon of jalapeno)
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
    • salt and pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Pico de Gallo: In a bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, cilantro and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. The salsa is best prepared for optimum flavor 1 hour in advance.
    2. 2
      Meat: Cook *beef and chorizo in a heated skillet, breaking chorizo meat into small pieces, until browned and cooked through. Set aside. *Although the chorizo is wonderfully seasoned, my husband added a little more spices and such to the meat mixture: chipotle powder, cumin, part of a small cinnamon stick or small pinch of ground cinnamon, Mexican oregano, very small amount of salt-free garlic powder and black pepper -- that I can remember.
    3. 3
      Heat up the refried beans and simmer on low until ready to serve. Add more cooking liquid if the beans start to dry out.
    4. 4
      For the thick tortillas, mix masa and salt in a bowl. Add 1 1/4 to 11/2 c of water and knead for 1-2 min until dough comes together and is pliable. (A food processor works well for this step.) If the dough seems too dry, add more water, a tablespoon or so at a time.
    5. 5
      Divide dough into 8 equal portions and form into balls.
    6. 6
      To Make Sopes: Press the dough with your fingers from the center outwards to create a shallow, flat bowl approximately 5" in diameter. Heat 1" of vegetable oil in a skillet to 350° and fry tortillas approximately 2 min each side, until golden brown. Remove from oil and place onto paper towels.
    7. 7
      To Make Tostadas: Take each portion/ball of dough and flatten either with a tortilla press or with a rolling pin to about shy 1/2" thickness. Fry the same way as indicated in Step above.
    8. 8
      To assemble, place a tortilla onto a plate, top with refried beans, ground beef and chorizo mix, pico de gallo, cheese and shredded cabbage/lettuce and radishes. Add a dollop of crema and garnish with cilantro and lime.
    9. 9
      Serving suggestions: I placed the garnishes on a large platter for a "Build-Your-Own" Tostada Bar. Best part of this recipe? LEFTOVERS! Our sides: Mexican Rice and Mexican Style Fruit Salad (subbing strawberries, Texas Red Star grapefruit and Valencia oranges for the melons.).

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    Nutritional Facts for Jalisco-Style Tostadas (Or Sopes)

    Serving Size: 1 (2146 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 447.7
     
    Calories from Fat 203
    45%
    Total Fat 22.6 g
    34%
    Saturated Fat 9.6 g
    48%
    Cholesterol 72.5 mg
    24%
    Sodium 878.9 mg
    36%
    Total Carbohydrate 36.8 g
    12%
    Dietary Fiber 6.3 g
    25%
    Sugars 3.4 g
    13%
    Protein 25.3 g
    50%

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    Mexican crema

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