Tostada is the name given to various dishes in Mexico and other parts of Latin America which include a toasted tortilla as the main base of their preparation. it's like a taco, but flat.
It's usually made with a fried corn tortilla, topped with refried beans, shredded cheese, salsa, and other toppings. Anything that could go in a taco could also go on a tostada, so you can have fish tostadas, shredded chicken tostadas, or beef tostadas or even vegan tostadas made with nopales (cactus).
This recipe of authentic Mexican tostadas is made with a crispy fried corn tortilla topped with refried beans, grated cheese, chopped tomato, sliced lettuce, and salsa.
(Serves 10 tostadas)
10 Corn Tortillas
Corn oil or extra virgin olive oil
400 gr refried bayo beans
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, sliced thin and seasoned with salt and vinegar
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
Warm the refried beans in a frying pan on medium heat, until warm.
One at a time, fry the tortillas in the oil. Pour enough oil into a frying pan so that you have a quarter-inch layer of oil. Heat the oil on medium-high heat until sizzling hot, but not smoking.
Place the tortilla on a paper towel-lined plate, to absorb the excess oil. Sprinkle with a little salt.
To prepare a tostada, spread a large spoonful of mashed beans over a tostada shell. Sprinkle on cheese and other toppings (sliced lettuce, salsa, etc.)
Don't load the tostada too much or you'll find it difficult to eat. Eat by picking up the tostada with both hands (like a pizza slice).
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