Friday, June 28, 2013

Simple Weeknight Dinner: Bean Tostadas

Tacos are a regular feature in our house due the usual abundance of seasoning packets we have on hand. Here lately, however, we never seem to finish our taco leftovers so I started looking for another summery take on Mexican food. These simple bean tostadas are really easy to make, especially if you have someone who can get you ahead of schedule by making tortillas or rotis (non-baking powder version) and salsa. If you've never made salsa, the easiest ones involve simply chopping a few tomatoes, an onion, some garlic, fresh cilantro, and a chili, then seasoning with salt and lime juice. If it weren't for all the chopping, my kids could make it! If you're making tortillas, do a double batch and then freeze the cooled ones in plastic bags so they'll be perfect for quick tostadas.

Bean Tostadas
Rotis or tortillas (1-2 per person)
Fresh salsa
Sour Cream
Grated Cheese
Shredded lettuce or cucumber
1 can refried beans
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
Bacon drippings (optional)

Pop the box of cream into the freezer about 30 minutes before dinner. Then prepare according to this post about 5 minutes before serving. Prepare all your grated ingredients and keep in small bowls. Heat the refried beans with 1/4 cup water, cumin powder, and bacon drippings (if desired). Stir until you have a smooth spreadable consistency. Meanwhile, heat about 1/4" of oil in the bottom of a frying pan. Once it's hot but not smoking, add rotis one at a time. Initially, you need to press down the middle a little to keep it from puffing and to promote even frying. After about 30 seconds, flip the roti and allow the other side to turn golden, too. Drain over paper towels, allowing the tortilla to drip over the pan for a few seconds before transferring to the draining towel. You can also sprinkle with a little salt if you'd like. To build the tostadas place a fried roti on the plate, top with the bean mixture, then grated cheese, and any other toppings you would like. It's a bit messy, but soo delicious to eat!

We only had a couple spoonfuls of beans left afterward so I'd say this one was a winner, especially for the kids who were thrilled to eat a giant tortilla chip!

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