Spicy Beef Tostadas

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Summer is finally here. And you know what this means – lobster roll, steak on the backyard fire pit, frozen margaritas, tacos and tostadas. Yes, tostadas.  In Spanish, the word “tostada” means toasted – and in Mexican cuisine , a tostada usually refers to a flat or bowl-shaped tortilla that is deep fried. They are delicious in any way you decide to make them – with chicken, beef or your favorite seafood.

My recipe is super easy and super delicious if you love Mexican food. Just don’t forget the margaritas.

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, lean
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • cayenne
  • 1/2 cup chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lime
  • 1 sliced avocado (optional)

Directions:

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  1. Start with the ground beef by adding salt, black pepper, cayenne and 1 raw egg to it. Mix well and leave on side.
  2.  Chop all of the vegetables in small cubes.
  3.  Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and chopped garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally until it starts browning, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, freshly squeezed lime juice, cayenne and red pepper flakes.
  5. Place a tostada shell on a flat work surface and carefully spread a large spoon with the cooked mix.
  6. Cook the rest of the eggs in another nonstick skillet until sunny-side up. Place them over tostadas and add cheddar cheese.
  7.  Top with shredded lettuce, avocado, scoop of sour cream and cilantro.
  8. Serve with lime wedges.

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P.S. Please don’t mind my side of homemade fries with feta cheese. Its just something I can’t resist. 🙂

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