Monday, March 26, 2012


I made these for dinner tonight and was amazed when my kids commented that this is one of their favorite meals!  Who knew?  This is probably one of the quickest dinners ever. 

My friend Berta served these to us years ago and it has become one of our staples - especially on busy evenings.
The base of the tostada looks like this:

You can find various brands, but they are pre-cooked and very crunchy and delicious - my kids even love to just snack on them.  You can generally find them near the tortillas in any grocery store.

This is my favorite cheese for these - you can find it at Walmart, Costco and most grocery stores.  It crumbles really nicely and is rather mild.

Refried beans or canned pinto beans
Queso fresco
Chopped onion, tomatoes, olives, cilantro, lettuce - all to taste

If using canned pinto beans, drain half of the liquid.  Heat a large pan, and add 2 T. olive oil.  Once hot, add beans and heat.  As the beans heat, use a potato masher or the bottom of a cup and smash all of the beans until they are smooth and spreadable - here's a link.   If using canned refried beans, simply spread a layer over the tostada.
Sprinkle with crumbled cheese, olives, tomatoes, onions, lettuce.
Optional :Top with sour cream and hot sauce to taste. 
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