Beef and Bean Tostadas are a great way to use switch up your taco night. I mean really, they are just flat tacos right? I started making tostadas when I was looking to fry my own taco shells. I found frying a tostada shell is a lot easier since it's flat. This recipe is great for a crowd because you can warm them all up at the same time on a sheet pan. They would be great as Super Bowl party food! You could set up all the garnishes so people can customize to their taste.
How do you fry tostada shells?
Tostada shells are simply fried corn tortillas. Frying your own shells makes all the difference if you have the time. They stay crispier than the store bought tostada shells. Just use a cast iron skillet and some vegetable oil (stay away from using olive oil for frying because it will burn). Also, if you have kids I like to use the back burners for frying just as an extra precaution. I also recommend getting a candy thermometer while frying to make sure your oil is the perfect temperature. I like to keep my oil between 320-350 degrees.
Once you oil have come to temp carefully place a corn tortilla into it with tongs. The tortilla will bubbly up so I like to press it down with my tongs. Fry it on one side for about 1-2 minutes, then flip it for another 1-2 minutes until it's golden. Place it on a baking rack to dry and sprinkle on some salt.
Sometimes when I'm feeling fancy I'll add some lime zest to the salt. If you don't have time to fry your own shells, store bought work perfectly.
How do you make beef and bean tostadas?
Now for the tostadas! Start by browning some ground beef and adding my favorite taco seasoning to it. In a little, pot mash up a can of black beans. Spread out your tostada shells on a parchment lined baking sheet. Smear a spoonful of beans on the each shell and sprinkle some beef and shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Bake the tostadas at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted. Top with your garnish of choice! We love sour cream, hot sauce and some shredded iceberg. But you could add some pickled red onion, cilantro, avocado and lime juice if you want!
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