Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Quick and easy tostadas

Tonight’s dinner is not only an example of just how versatile and delicious ground beef is, but it's also super quick, easy and inexpensive to make!
To make these super easy tostadas, you’ll need:
1 package of tostada shells
1 pound ground beef
1 package hot taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
Mexican blend shredded cheese
Plus, any of the following optional toppings:
Pico de gallo
Sour cream
Taco sauce
Fresh cilantro
To get started, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the desired number of shells on a baking sheet.
Brown ground beef on medium-high heat. Add taco seasoning/water and simmer according to package directions. (If you have a little more time, let it simmer a little longer. It'll only get better!)
Heat shells for 5-7 minutes in preheated oven while cooking the refried beans according to package directions. (For extra yummy refried beans, add a touch of vegetable oil, sprinkle some cheese on top and cook on the stove, stirring occasionally.)
Smear a layer of refried beans on the hot shells and then cover in ground beef, cheese and any other desired toppings.
In addition to the refried beans and taco meat, I topped my tostada with shredded lettuce, while the Mr. got lots of cheese and taco sauce on his. Our dinner looked like this:

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