Meatless Monday Tostadas
Meatless Monday Tostadas
We don't always eat veg on Mondays, but today we are making tostadas. Mostly homemade and homegrown, this recipe is super simple, even if the pinto beans take a while to cook.
Tostadas are a flat, fried corn tortilla topped with beans, cheese, vegetables and hot sauce or salsa. Today I am using some left over guajillo chile sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, homemade slow-cooked pinto beans and some onions and green peppers from the garden.
The pinto beans take the longest. You can soak them overnight, rinse them in the morning and cook them in a slow cooker or simmer them on the stove until they are tender and the liquid starts to thicken.
Cooking Pinto Beans
1 pound dry pinto beans
1 clove garlic, peeled
salt to taste
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup each diced carrots, celery and onions (optional)
Combine soaked and rinsed beans, garlic, salt in a large pot. Add water to cover the beans at least one inch.
Cook the diced carrots, onions and celery in the canola oil until tender. Add to the beans.
Bring the beans to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours or until tender. Stir the beans occasionally to keep them from burning on the bottom of the pan.
Shredded lettuce or cabbage
Chopped fresh cilantro
Diced green chiles or sweet bell peppers (fire roast before dicing for extra good flavor)
Shredded Jack or Cheddar cheese, cotija or queso fresco
Heat 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees in a heavy pan.
Fry corn tortillas, one or two at a time until crisp and golden on both sides.
Drain the tortillas on a rack.
Assemble the tostadas:
Spread pinto beans on fried corn tortillas. Top with fresh chopped or roasted vegetables, shredded lettuce or green cabbage, tomatoes, salsa or red chile sauce. (recipe below)
Serve with lots of napkins because these can get messy. For a fun and easy buffet style dinner, set up a tostada bar and let everyone serve themselves.
Red Chile Sauce
- 4 to 5 dried, red guajillo chiles
- 2 cups water
- 2 to 3 large tomatoes, quartered
- 1 clove fresh garlic peeled
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- Remove the stems and seeds from the hciles.
- Combine the guajillo chiles and water in a saucepan. Simmer covered over medium heat until the chiles are soft.
- Remove the chiles from the water, reserve the water. Blend the chiles, tomatoes, cumin and garlic with 1/4 cup of the reserved water until smooth.
- Simmer the blended sauce over a low heat until bubbling. Remove from heat and serve on tostadas, chile rellenos or enchiladas.