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This Tostada recipe is a cute Mexican appetizer perfect for any party or tailgate! Super simple and easy to make, this recipe is a keeper!
This recipe was created in partnership with Laura’s Lean Beef.
So, I’ve talked about this before and I think it’s worth mentioning again: I ONLY WATCH SPORTING EVENTS IF THERE WILL BE FOOD.
Food is the only reason I will:
- watch the super bowl
- go see a baseball game
- get lured into watching basketball
- try to play tennis, golf or anything that involves a ball
Did I ever tell you about the time my grandpa took me golfing and after one hole he was like “Yeah, this isn’t the sport for you. Go drive the cart.”
So that’s fun.
When we are right around tailgating season (meaning sports are starting up again soon) I only tend to turn my listening ears on if someone says “ribs” or “tacos” or “burgers” or “diet coke”. Just the other day, my ears perked up when I overheard someone on the streets of New York talking about tostadas: “that place on 63rd has really good tostadas and blah blah blah“. I stopped listening. I tend to do that when we’re talking about food.
So, since my husband enjoys a good football, baseball, basketball, hockey, you name it sports game, and I couldn’t care less, I’ve focused on the funner, food-centric, tailgating part of the sporting event. Technically tailgating isn’t part of the sporting event itself, but, if it isn’t a part of if than I’M NOT GOING. So, it’s part of it.
Friends, meet the tostada bite. Our tostada shell is just a small, round tortilla chip! Smart, right? I thought so 😉 Large tostadas require a knife and fork. With these, you just pick it up and send it down with a one-two-chomp. Perfect game day snack and they are a cinch to make!
Here are some of the photos I snapped during the process:
Of course I start out this recipe using Laura’s Lean Beef.
I found a spot in NYC that sells a ton of Laura’s Lean Beef products and it is always the best looking meat in the case. Plus, Laura’s Lean Beef is vegetarian-fed and there are no added hormones or antibiotics so I feel good serving it to my friends during tailgates. Find where you can purchase here. HOT DOG! I’ll take it.
So, with the beef, you simply brown it with a few green onions and yellow peppers and then add in some taco seasoning. Super simple to do!! And then you just layer it in with some toppings onto your tostada, aka round tortilla chips that are incognito.
On my tostada bites, I used refried beans, the homemade taco meat from above, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and cilantro. You can switch this up based on what you have on hand and what you like. If you’re looking to make these a little healthier, try swapping Greek yogurt for sour cream and switch black beans for the refried beans. Guacamole lettuce, red onion, black olives, salsa and/or corn would all be good!
Here is that printable recipe. Be sure to give this a whirl asap!!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 scallions chopped
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper chopped
- 1 lb lean ground beef I used 92/8 Laura's Lean Beef
- 1 oz packet taco seasoning
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 24 round tortilla chips try to choose flat ones
- 1 1/2 cups refried beans
- 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 roma tomatoes finely diced
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- chopped cilantro for garnish optional
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in scallions and yellow pepper and start to cook 2 minutes. Add in ground beef and break apart in the pan as it browns. Once completely browned, stir in taco seasoning and water. Stir to incorporate and cook until most of the water has evaporated.
- Heat refried beans in microwave safe bowl.
- To assemble, place tortilla rounds onto a serving platter. Spread about 1 tablespoon of refried beans onto each chip. Add 1 tablespoon of meat onto beans and press into the beans to help it stick. Top with grated cheese, diced tomato, sour cream and cilantro. Serve immediately.