- 2 Tbsp olive oil or grapeseed oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- About 4 cups of cooked pinto beans, drained (either freshly
made or 2 15-oz cans)
- 4 teaspoons of Chipotle Tabasco Sauce (definitely do not
use regular Tabasco sauce, only the Chipotle kind)
- 1/2 cup high flash-point vegetable oil, such as grapeseed oil,
peanut oil, or canola oil
- 1 dozen corn tortillas
- 1 cup of crumbled Cotija Queso Seco (Mexican farmers cheese)
or you can use feta cheese
- 1 cup finely diced fresh tomato
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red radishes
- 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
- Iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced and sprinkled with vinegar and
- Sour cream
1 Prepare the beans by sautéing onions in oil until
softened in a large, thick-bottomed skillet. Add ground cumin and cook
an additional 30 seconds. Add the beans, a teaspoon of salt, and a cup
of water. Use a potato masher to mash the beans into the pan, until the
consistency of (somewhat lumpy) mashed potatoes. Cook for a few
minutes on medium hight heat until water is absorbed. Stir in the
Chipotle Tabasco sauce and season to taste with more salt if needed.
Remove to a warm burner out of the way, cover.
2 To prepare the
tortillas, heat the oven to 200°F. Line a baking pan with paper towels
and place next to the stove. Heat 5 Tbsp of oil in a small skillet on
medium high heat, until the bubbles form immediately when you insert the
edge of a tortilla in it. Using tongs, place a tortilla in the hot oil
and let cook until golden brown on both sides, about 30 seconds per
side. You can use a metal spatula to flatten down the tortilla while
Use tongs to lift the
cooked tortilla out of the pan, allowing the excess oil to drip off of
it, back into the pan. Place the cooked tortilla on the paper towels to
absorb more of the oil. Sprinkle a little salt onto each warm
tortilla. Do each tortilla one at a time this way. As you fill up a
baking pan, put the pan in the oven to keep the tortillas warm.
Add more oil as needed. Carefully monitor the oil temperature.
Don't let it get too hot, or the tortillas will burn, or too cool - they
won't fry up crisp enough.
3 To serve, arrange the cheese, cilantro and tomatoes in
separate small bowls. Put beans into a serving dish. Bring out the
tortillas by batches, keeping the rest warm in the oven. Let people
spread beans on to their tortillas and add sprinkle on the cheese,
cilantro and tomatoes for each tostada. Optional additions are sliced
lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa (though with the chipotle, you
probably don't need any more heat).