“Taco Tuesday” has become a regular occurrence in our house, although it usually doesn’t happen on Tuesday and my interpretation of “tacos” is pretty loose. We’ve made Turkey Lettuce Tacos, Chicken Fajitas, Enchilada Casserole, and Beef Enchiladas all as a part of “Taco Tuesday.” I really need another day that starts with the letter M so I can have both Meatless Monday and Mexican Muesday.
The reason I like “tacos” so much is because we can load them up with vegetables AND we can customize them to our own tastes. Mr. I Hate Beans, Tomato, Sour Cream and Avocado can just use jalapeno, pickled onions and salsa. I can load mine up with everything and have the leftovers as a taco salad the next day.
Since it’s been six months since my last pantry clean out, it’s again time to start working my way through the foods that have built up in the freezer and pantry cabinet. This pantry clean out is going to be a little different since we’re eating VERY differently than we were six months ago. We rarely eat red meat and yet I have a ton of it in the freezer. We also have a four pound pork butt that is taking up a ton of room. So, it’s going to be much more gradual and hopefully I’ll be able to cook up some dishes that we can eat in moderation and share the wealth with friends. (And yes, I’m looking for volunteers.)
In digging through the freezer, I found a small package of ground beef (just shy of a pound) and decided I’d use that for these tostadas. Any protein would work — ground turkey or pulled chicken would both be delicious. Or, you could just spread the tostadas with refried beans if that’s your thing.
Preheat the oven to 350. Once heated, place corn tortillas on the oven racks. Make your photo as blurry as possible. Cook for 3-5 minutes and then flip and repeat.
While the tortillas cook, place your beef in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook through. I didn’t add any oil since this was ground beef and there would be plenty of fat in it. Once the meat is cooked through, add in your taco seasoning and stir to combine.
Remove the browned tostadas from the oven and place on a baking sheet. Top with the taco meat and cheese as well as any other ingredients you want warmed. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted.
Remove from the oven and top with fresh ingredients of your choice. Diced avocado, lettuce, salsa and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) are my personal favorites.