Saturday 22nd September 2012

by Linda Vasquez

Tostadas de carne

Tostadas de carne are a great alternative to hard shell tacos.

If you’ve read my first blog post, An Introduction, you probably know that my parents come from Guatemala and El Salvador, but what you don’t know is that my great grandmother was actually from Mexico. I normally never mention it unless people ask me about my origin, but I’ve decided it’s something to share with you all. And why not share it with an easy and delicious recipe? In my last post, I gave you the recipe to my very own salsa, Salsa la Linda. I felt the right thing to do was to give you a dish that would go perfect with that recipe, tostadas de carne.

Tostadas are described as an open-faced taco and contain layers of fresh ingredients. In Mexico, tacos do not contain lettuce, cheese or ground beef. Tacos in Mexico also aren’t served in hard taco shells, only soft corn tortillas. However, they do fry tortillas to make tostadas. I felt it was appropriate to make this recipe with ground beef, instead of a typical meat, such as buche, carne de res, carnitas, or carne de adobada because most of you probably already eat tacos with ground beef already. But don’t panic,  you are still getting the authentic flavors used in Mexican cooking (I promise!). And before I forget, I did something different for you this time. I created a video with photos displaying steps on how to build a tostada, so I hope you like it. Alright enough of my babbling, time to get to the recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Knorr chicken flavor Bouillon (found in the ‘Mexican’ section at Wal-Mart)
  • 1/2 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water

          TOPPINGS:

  • 4-6 tostadas (can be found in the ‘Mexican’ aisle at Wal-Mart)
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Monterey & Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/4 cup Salsa la Linda

Tired of using taco seasoning packets? These four spices are the best way to get the unique tastes of Mexico in your dishes.

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pan, cook ground beef, onions and garlic on medium heat.
  2. When the ground beef starts to brown, pour all spices over the meat. Mix.
  3. When meat is completely brown, add the can of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, warm beans as directed and prepare your toppings.
  5. Remove meat from stove and begin building your tostada. Follow my video, Build Your Own Tostada, to see how easy it is!

 

Did you try this recipe? Let me know how it went and comment below! Got pictures? Send those too!

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One Response to “A Taste of Mexico, Part 2: Tostadas Made Easy”

  1. Brian Koenig says:

    It’s the dishes and table top that totally make this food look legit :) Just kidding.

    It really was delicious. I am happy that I have such a great roommate to share her good food with me and I only attempt to share “good” food with her!

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