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Mexican Tostadas

Posted by Team Connections on Dec 10, 2018 5:00:00 PM

10 minutes mexican tostadas

While taking a little break from our busy lives as the cold winter days sets in, we’re hiding out at our home here in Central Mexico. My husband grew up here, so our visits are always full of warm, loving friends and family. 

We all love Mexican food. As tasty as it is, I don’t feel awesome after eating it since many dishes are heavy and rich. So I have fun in the kitchen re-creating some of our favorites that are fresh, healthy and energizing.

The day we arrived, I headed over to the local grocery store here and grabbed all the essentials for making healthy, nourishing meals with all the best local Mexican foods.

You don’t actually need to be in Mexico to make this one… a healthy twist on my favorite Mexican dish – tostadas! To make the perfect tostada, you’ll need crunchy tortillas, creamy refried beans, shredded chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, avocados, cilantro and a few salsa choices. To make it fun for the whole family, set up a little tostada bar. Place all the ingredients in separate bowls on the table and everyone can create their very own unique dish. It’s always a hit! 

How to Make Mexican Tostadas

Tostadas are one of those meals that can be made a hundred different ways, using all kind of ingredients. You can switch out the beans, protein, veggies, cheese, and salsas/sauces to literally create endless combinations. However, every good tostada includes the following elements.

Crispy tortilla: A good tostada always starts with a crispy baked or fried tortilla for the base. We recommend baking your own tostadas in the oven using fresh corn tortillas. 
 
• Add Beans: Next up is a layer of beans. Personally, we like to use refried or mashed beans so that they stick to the tortilla and aren't rolling off in every direction. There is no need to limit yourself to traditional pinto beans. Use black beans, white beans, cannellini beans, and even chickpeas. Simply mash them with a fork lightly before spreading them on the tortilla. If you like a really creamy bean, toss them into the blender first, add a little salsa to amp up the flavor. If you don’t want to include beans, I recommend adding a layer of guacamole so that your toppings have something to stick to.
 
• Pick a Protein: Pretty much any protein is fair game when it comes to tostadas. You can use chicken, ground turkey or beef, grilled beef, shrimp, or fish. Cook it any way you like and chop it into smaller pieces so you can get some in every bite. For a non-meat protein source, you can leave out the meat completely and go with the beans.
 
• Colorful Veggies: Traditionally, tostadas include lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, and avocado. Don't let this limit you. We love adding grilled veggies to our tostadas or some cooked onions and peppers. Nothing is off limits here!
 
 Cheese Please: Our tostadas always feature some queso! Traditionally a crumbly queso fresco is used for tostadas but any cheese will work. Kiddos often like it melted, so add it after the beans so the heat from the beans can melt the cheese.
 
• Salsa and Guac: A Mexican meal isn't complete without some salsa and guacamole. You can use your favorite homemade or store-bought salsa and either fresh avocado or guacamole.
 
10 Minute Mexican Tostadas
SERVINGS: 4
 
INGREDIENTS
 
• 4 corn tortillas
• 2 cups cooked boneless skinless chicken breast, shredded
• 2 limes, juice
• 1/4 cup cilantro
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
• Salt and pepper
• 1 cup canned nonfat refried beans (or homemade)
• 1 cup lettuce
• 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
• 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
• 1/4 cup queso fresco (or shredded cheese)
• 1 avocado, sliced
• 1/4 cup salsa (your favorite)
 
DIRECTIONS
• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side until they are crispy.
• Meanwhile, combine the chicken, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
• Assemble the tostadas by layering on warmed refried beans, chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, avocado, and salsa.
 

Topics: Vegetarian, Recipes, Heatlh & Wellness

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