Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
We often have tacos for dinner (see Tacos Our Way), but occasionally I get a hankering for tostadas instead. :) Here's how we make them! I usually leave off the meat for my portion, and made that way they're vegetarian, too.
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, smashed and minced
- 1 teaspoon recaito (found in ethnic section of many markets, and worth keeping regularly in fridge!) (optional)
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground dried ancho chile powder, divided
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
- 8 corn tortillas or 8 commercially prepared flat tostadas
- 1 (15 ounce) can refried beans or 1 (15 ounce) can vegetarian refried beans
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa, divided
- 1 cup sour cream, divided
- guacamole or chunked ripe avocado, for garnish
- shredded lettuce, for garnish
- grated cheddar cheese, for garnish
- Sauté the onion in the olive oil over medium-high heat until just soft, then add the garlic and recaito and stir well.
- Add the ground beef and cook until meat is well-browned, using a spatula to break up the cooked meat into smaller pieces (some folks call this "hamburger gravel"), about 8-10 minutes. Drain off fat. Add 1 tsp ancho and 1/2 tsp cumin and stir well, cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine the refried beans, the remaining ancho and cumin, 1/2 cup of salsa, and 1/2 cup sour cream. Stir well.
- If using corn tortillas: heat oil or butter (using butter is is a luxury and a bit decadent, but very tasty!) in a pan and fry the corn tortillas, flat, on both sides until crispy.
- To make tostada: spread refried bean mixture, then cooked meat mixture (I prefer my tostadas without meat, but Steingrim puts it on his) onto tostada shell. Add a bit of salsa and guacamole or avocado chunks on top, then shredded lettuce, grated cheddar, and sour cream. Eat and enjoy!
- Makes 4 servings of 2 tostadas each.
- Note: Steingrim likes his extra spicy, so he adds sliced jalapenos, his special very hot salsa or sauce, and extra chopped onion to his tostadas.