Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tostadas for Dinner!

Continuing my quest for dinners that don't heat up our kitchen, today I give you:
Tostadas
!


Back in the day when Carrie still lived with us, whenever tostadas were for dinner she'd whine that she diiidn't liiike tostadaaaas. But she always ate a couple and seemed to enjoy them.


And nowadays, when given the choice between tostadas and something-else-for-dinner, Doug always chooses the something-else. ~sigh~ But, when I don't ask and just make tostadas anyway, he always has three and really enjoys them. My people.


I do realize that this is just a play on a good ol' classic plate of nachos, and that's just fine by me! They're super easy to make, and here's how I do it:

Fry corn tortillas, one at a time, in hot oil until browned and crisp (a minute or two on each side). Drain on paper towels. My mom was a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, so instead of frying she used to spray each side of the tortilla with cooking spray, and then toast them on a cookie sheet under the broiler.
Spread a layer of warm refried beans on each crispy tortilla. I usually stir in a spoonful of sour cream while the beans are heating - it makes them a little easier to spread.
I top mine with grated cheese, lettuce, avocado, salsa, and cilantro. Sometimes I'll use some diced chicken as well, but once in a while I like serving a meatless meal.


So how about you? Are you a tostada fan?
Or would you choose something-else-for-dinner?
;o)

12 comments:

Abi said...

They look yummy. I have never tried that but will have to give them a go.

Robyn said...

yummmm!!!! Those look great!!

Maria Ontiveros said...

You fry each of the tortillas individually??? My mom used to do that (often early in the day) and then stack him vertically in a metal pan lined with paper towels and store them in the bottom oven. When we came home an saw them there, we knew we were having tostadas for dinner! Thanks for bringing back that memory.
We go to the local mercado and buy a bag of pre-made shells!
Rinda

debs14 said...

Hmmm - refried beans? Not sure what that would equate to over here and I'm guessing a 'broiler' is a grill maybe? Cilantro? never heard of it! I'm guessing it may be parsley? However, I love nachos so I'm thinking I might like this 'foreign' recipe ;-)

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Haha - ok, I just never know what's going to raise questions around here. ;o)

"Refried beans" are pinto beans that have been mashed;

The broiler is the part of the oven that heats from the top, rather than the coils on the bottom; and

Cilantro is also known as coriander.

:o)

Audrey said...

I love tostadas and would be happy to eat them anytime! I never make them because of having to fry each tortilla individually. Clara never leaves me alone long enough to do that! Ha. But I've also been searching for non-oven meals because it's so hot here and we're having burritos tonight! If I come across any good ideas, I'll pass them along....

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

You're killing me! I've been craving nachos since you posted those and now I want tostadas!!! ay-yay-yi! ;)

Karen said...

We love Mexican food, but I don't think I've ever made Tostadas, but I think it will be on the menu next week!

Margaret said...

I think it looks delicious. I'm going to make these too.

alexa said...

So colourful! Funny how family members will often enjoy what they tell you they don't like!

Irene said...

Tostadas are one of my favorite meals to make on Fridays during Lent when we fast by not eating meat. I usually fry the tortilla but I have been known to buy them already made. It makes cooking so much easier and faster, especially when you have a large group to feed.

Carrie Rosalind said...

I dooon't liiike tostadaaaas.

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