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Refried Black Beans: Homemade refried beans are way more flavorful than store bought. To shortcut my beans I either soak them overnight or slowly simmer them till soft. Refried beans are often cooked solo once cooked then fried in lard with peppers, onions and seasoning.
Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos: Cheese stuffed jalapenos are a great addition to tostadas. For this recipe i used super creamy Oaxaca and cheddar for some color.use your favorite cheese you have on hand. The creamier the better.
Mashed Avocados: There is a lot of flavor going on here. So i like to keep my avocados simple. Once scooped from the skin I like to toss my avocado in a pinch of salt and lime juice to keep it green and vibrant.
Queso Fresco: Queso fresco is a crumbly white cheese. Its a little tangy and doesn’t melt very well so its often used as topping cheese.
Toppers: Cilantro, crisp white onions, and radish are optional. I enjoy the nice bite the raw onion and the fresh cilantro add. The thinly shaved radish adds a nice bite to the fat in the beans.
refried beans: refried beans are often made with pinto or black beans. when making refried beans once its time to cook them in fat that’s when its time to add the peppers, onions and spices. lightly mash the beans so that it starts to thicken up the excess liquid. to make the beans into a paste either mash with a potato masher or run through the food processor.
red chili: there are all types of red chilies to make salsa. they vary from mild to hot. i like to make my red salsa using new Mexico chilies or chili de arbol. when using dry chilies you first want to soften the skin. softening the skin makes for a smoother salsa. the addition of onions blended right into to adds more flavor. you can also use chicken or vegetable stock to steep your chilies if you want to add more flavor.
frying the tostada: make sure the heat isn’t too high when frying the tortillas. frying them too hard can result in bitter, fragile tortillas. instead heat the lard or cooking oil over medium high heat then flip the corn tortillas back and forth to achieve a super crispy golden brown tostada shell. avoid adding the tortillas into cold oil or it can weigh the shell down or cause it to dissolve.
building: when building the tostada start off with a nice smear of refried beans followed by slippery ingredients like tomatoes, onions or avocados. then repeat.