Tostadas and Chalupas
The terms tostadas and chalupas are both used to identify this tasty meal. The terms may vary by region, but both names are widely acceptable.
Aside from a round tostada as the base, the first topping is usually refried pinto beans, black beans, mashed potatoes or guacamole. Additional toppings can vary and can accommodate a variety of tastes and dietary needs. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or a beef lover, you can create your own personal tostada.
Here is a basic tostada recipe:
- 6 round tostadas, available in white, yellow or red
- 1, 16 ounce can pinto beans or black beans, you can also purchase refried, however, they will contain more fat and sodium
- 1 pound fajita, round steak, or ground beef, grilled or broiled, thinly sliced or crumbled
- 4 cups shredded lettuce
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 2 large avocados, cut in slices or chunks
- 2 cups queso fresco, crumbled
Optional Ingredients: The beauty of tostadas and chalupas is you can create a variety of toppings. We usually create a buffet line of toppings.
- beef, chicken or vegetarian toppings
- chopped onion
- chopped jalapenos
- chopped cilantro
- shredded cheese: colby, monterrey jack, mozzarella or cheddar
- shredded carrots
- sour cream
- crema (a pourable and softened cheese that is similar, but not quite sour cream: suggested brand, Crema La Vaquita)
- chunky french fries
- salsa: red, green or pico de gallo
- bean and corn salad: 1 part black beans (canned or boiled), 1 part kernel corn (canned or boiled), 1 part chopped red and/or green pepper. Mix and chill with 1/4 cup vinaigrette dressing.
- mashed potatoes