For many years my family has had “taco night,” which basically means anything Tex-Mex style, but especially Tostadas, loaded down with refried beans, onions, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and cilantro (for the few who dig it). And of course: TACO MEAT! Which since we’ve gone vegetarian this Lent has been out- so we tried cooking walnuts that were finely chopped with taco seasoning and olive oil. It wasn’t super tasty. It was too crunchy and not tacoy at all. It just tasted like nuts on top of our tostada. No bueno. So, live and learn. We will stick with refried beans! Rice and beans is also very delicious on top of a tostada! Somehow in the evolution of food, we ended up putting a fried egg on top of our tostada just for fun- I think Chris and Ellen taught me this…so thanks to you guys! It’s truly amazing!
We also enjoy making our own fresh salsa! Here is our recipe!
2 14.5 oz. cans of stewed tomatoes
1 can crushed pineapple or a whole pineapple chopped up small
1 14.5 can corn
3-5 cloves fresh garlic smashed
2-3 TBS fresh cilantro
3 finely sliced green onions
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. cumin
Mix all ingredients up in a bowl and serve. This will keep up to a week in a ball jar.
From Mollie Katzen’s amazing Moosewood cookbook: “A tostada is a kind of open-faced Mexican sandwich, with many contrasting layers of food piled onto a crispy tortilla! Invite your friends over for a tostada-building party. Spread a large table with dishes of tostada components, and do it buffet style.”
Accessories to be added to your tostada table:
refried beans, shredded lettuce, olives, guacamole, grated cheese, chopped tomatoes, eggs, sour cream, salsa! Also invent your own!
For a giggly good time of my kids and I making this not so dainty but definitely delicious dish, watch our YouTube Video HERE!
And happy cooking!