I read a quote the other day, in a book I’m finally diving into, that if you stop dreaming you stop living. Ponder that for a second. Are you still dreaming? I remember dreaming about owning a book store and decorating it throughout the changing seasons and serving baked goodies and coffee. (We can think “You’ve Got Mail” for that dream.) This past weekend my husband and I sat down together and wrote out the dreams we have for our family:
- A Barn home on some beautiful land where we can grow our own vegetables, raise cattle, and have Sunday dinners with our entire family around our farmhouse table.
- The opportunity to travel more and create memories.
- To build this blog into a legacy that I can leave for my children and their children and their children. A virtual journal, so to speak.
Today, however, we are dreaming about TACOS! Tostadas to be exact. My family (with the exception of my college girl) loves Taco Tuesdays and loves it even more when I make homemade TOSTADAS. There is nothing fancy about this meal. But there is variety!
The base is always a good crisp corn tortilla. I cook mine in Avocado Oil until golden brown on both sides. I also prefer to make my own Taco Seasoning instead of buying the store bought packets.
How you build your Tostada is up to you, I build mine with a foundation of refried beans, seasoned beef, cheese, olives, tomatoes and green onions (if I’m in the mood and I have them on hand), a little sour cream and guacamole (if the avocados are ripe), and sometimes a drizzle of white queso. YA’LL! It’s so good!
When I say this dish has variety, I mean it. There is so much you can do with it. Instead of beef, use grilled chicken, or pulled pork, or shrimp, or brisket! Then add whatever toppings you like.
- Corn Tortillas – 2 per person
- Avocado Oil
- 2 lbs ground beef
- Chili Powder
- Onion Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Refried Beans
- Toppings of your choice
- Brown ground beef till cooked through and drain the grease.
- Add cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. So here’s the thing….I don’t measure my spices in this dish. I just start sprinkling till the top layer of ground beef is covered with the spices I’m using. I use less garlic powder than the rest of the spices.
- Add your salt and pepper to taste.
- In a small shallow skillet heat the Avocado Oil. Pour enough in to cover a tortilla.
- Cook the tortillas, one at a time, till slightly crisp and golden in color. (Flipping in between cooking times to get both sides.)
- Heat refried beans in a saucepan till warm.
- Spread a layer of refried beans on a crisp tortilla, add your beef, then top with your favorite toppings.