Simple Tostadas

When challenged to take a photo of our dinner every night this week, I didn’t realize I’d have to fess up to some pretty simple meals, but hey…this is how we roll on a busy weeknight, so here it is:

Crispy Tostadas (Or as the kids call them, “Mexican Pizzas“)

Any kind of tortilla (corn, flour, whole grain…they all work)

1 can refried beans (also any kind that you like.  Regular, vegetarian, black beans, whatev)

Olive oil

Shredded cheese (ditto above…whatever you like)

Your favorite taco toppings.  Some of our faves are sliced avocado, diced cherry tomatoes, diced onions, and sliced olives)

Preheat oven to 400*.  On a cookie sheet, lay as many tortillas as you’d like to make.  Brush each side of the tortilla with just a litle bit of olive oil.  Pop the cookie sheet in the oven and keep an eye on them.  After they begin to crisp, say, 7-10 min, flip ’em over for a few more mins.  Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and spread with refried beans.  Top that with your shredded cheese and put them back in the oven for a few more minutes until the cheese melts.  Take them out of the oven and top with your favorite toppings.  Tonight our kids both went with simplicity at it’s finest…just chopped tomatoes, and a side of salsa for dipping.  We cut them like a pizza with a pizza cutter at the end for triangle slices that are easy for small hands to handle.  Simplicity on a Tuesday.

Crispy Tostadas

5 thoughts on “Simple Tostadas

  1. If you can believe it, I can’t get away with Mexican pizzas at my house. My half-Mexican boys freak out at unfamiliar ingredients (“Beans?! What are those?! I don’t want to eat that!!!”) so everything ends up as a quesadilla — folded over, weird ingredients safely hidden away. I really like that these are baked though and not fried.

    And absolutely nothing wrong with simple — Mark grew up on tortillas with beans.

  2. I do the fold-over, quesadilla trick a la Cathy too. I have to either talk up a recipe or tell them absolutely NOTHING about it in order for Harry and Ellie to try stuff. These look yummy.

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