La Tostada Revamped

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and before you chug the night away, why not feed the soul with a little Mexican dish we call Tostadas. The tostada generally starts with flat crunchy tortilla, and is layered with beans, some type of meat, topped with greens and a mexican cheese called Cotija. If you are brave enough you can also add some hot salsa to add some kick. The nice thing about this type of dish is that you can use or omit any ingredients to satisfy your taste. In this case, I will be swapping out some of  the steps to make these a little less caloric and in my book anything helps.

Tostadas 1
By baking the corn tortillas and spraying them with olive oil, you significantly reduce the amount of oil ingested.Tostadas

Next cut your greens, this is just a suggested concoction, so use what your mouth likes. Tostadas 2 Next boil some chicken with some salt, onion, and garlic. Cook until tender and let cool to touch. Now shred that chicken.Tostadas 3

Now lets talk beans, I generally never use beans from a can but if your not up for cooking your own then go for it. However, if you would like to try heres how. Take about 1 cup of pinto beans and boil with water, onion, garlic and a bay leaf (this helps prevent the smelly toot toot) it will take approximately 2 hours to cook. Now, beans are usually refried in oil but I take them directly from the pot and blend them in the blender, you can smash them by hand but I like the texture when blended for this dish.Tostada 4Tostada 5
Last but not least, add your favorite side dish. My hubby LOVES french fries so I always make him some spicy oven baked fries. This is not your typical mexican side dish but hey thats what we like. Remember this dish can be changed to please your taste it can even become a vegetarian meal if you just omit the chicken. Now your only challenge is to eat this crunchy deliciousness without crumbling in your hands. Enjoy!

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