Can’t decide between the mouthwatering flavors of your favorite taco and the satisfying crunch-factor of a plate of nachos? Enter the tostada, aka the perfect marriage of the two. Here, you’ll toast tortillas in the oven for a flat, golden, crispy base. Then, you’ll layer on all your toppings—think creamy spiced black beans, melty Mexican cheeses, sautéed pepper and onion, homemade pico de gallo, and tangy lime crema. Yep, it’s pretty safe to say these tostadas are a SMASH hit.
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Long Green Pepper
Southwest Spice Blend
Mexican Cheese Blend(ContainsMilk)
• Adjust rack to top position (top and middle positions for 4 servings) and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. • Halve, peel, and thinly slice onion; mince a few slices until you have 2 TBSP (4 TBSP for 4). Dice tomato. Roughly chop cilantro. Quarter lime. Halve, core, and thinly slice green pepper into strips. • In a small bowl, combine minced onion, tomato, half the cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. • In a separate small bowl, combine sour cream with a squeeze of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in water 1 tsp at a time until mixture reaches a drizzling consistency.
• Drizzle tortillas with 1 TBSP olive oil (2 TBSP for 4 servings); brush or rub to coat all over. Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer (divide between 2 sheets for 4). Gently prick each tortilla in a few places with a fork. • Bake on top rack, flipping halfway through, until lightly golden, 4-5 minutes per side. (For 4, bake on top and middle racks; flip tortillas and swap rack positions halfway through cooking.) TIP: Watch carefully to avoid burning.
• While tortillas bake, heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, sliced onion, and half the Southwest Spice (you’ll use the rest in the next step). Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly charred and softened, 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. • Turn off heat; transfer to a plate.
• Meanwhile, drain and rinse beans. • Heat pan used for veggies over medium-high heat. Add beans, Tex Mex paste, remaining Southwest Spice, and ¼ cup water (1⁄3 cup for 4 servings). Bring to a simmer and cook until liquid has mostly evaporated, 3-4 minutes. • Remove from heat and gently mash beans with a potato masher or back of a spoon. Stir in 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4). If mixture is too thick, add a splash of water. Season with salt and pepper.
• Once tortillas are toasted, remove sheet from oven. Carefully spread each tortilla with smashed beans, then top with veggies and Mexican cheese. • Return to oven until cheese melts, 2-3 minutes.
• Divide tostadas between plates. Top with pico de gallo, lime crema, and remaining cilantro. Serve with remaining lime wedges on the side.