Have you ever had tostadas? I fell in love with them when I first bit into one back in the day when I lived in Mexico for a couple of years. Why do I love them? Well, for one they are delicious and they are so versatile. You can have tostadas with ground beef or chicken or crockpot pork carnitas like I did for dinner last night. The carnitas recipe is so easy and so delicious! I make it and have 'plantain' nachos night as suggested by the creator of this recipe and then use the leftovers for sliders, in tacos, over a southwestern salad. I mean the possibilities are endless! :) Trust me, you won't be disappointed!
FOR THE TOSTADAS YOU WILL NEED
- Crockpot Pork Carnitas (this is a paleo approved recipe and it's amazing!) FYI: I cook it for 7 hrs on low. Once done, I take the meat and shred it with two forks in a baking dish, then I pour the juices from the crockpot on top of the meat.
- Refried black beans (see recipe below)
- Creamy Chipotle Sauce (FYI: If you're like me and you don't like things super spicy then simply add more mayo and lemon/lemon juice)
- 1 Pack of Tostadas
- Garnishes: Guacamole (here's a simple recipe), diced tomatoes (you can also use pico de gallo), lettuce (optional), cilantro (optional).
REFRIED BLACK BEANS RECIPE
- 1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 clove of garlic chopped
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (vegetable is fine too)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and then saute onions for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and saute another minute. Add beans, paprika, chili powder and cumin and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Mash the beans to the way you want them and then add the chicken stock (or stock of preference). For smoother refried beans, add them to food processor and blend until you reach desired consistency (add more chicken stock if the beans are a bit too dry).
- Spread a layer of black beans on a tostada.
- Top with pork carnitas.
- Add lettuce (if using) and diced tomatoes (or pico de gallo)
- Add guacamole.
- Drizzle with creamy chipotle sauce.
Repeat as many times as your little heart desires! I won't judge, they are too good to just eat one!