Tostadas are kind of like the Mexican equivalent of pizza, with beans, cheese, and guacamole piled on top of a tortilla crust.
Heat ½ c vegetable oil in small frying pan until very hot. Add a tortilla and fry for one minute, turn, and fry another minute, until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain and repeat with the other tortillas.
Heat remaining ¼ c oil in large pan, add onions, garlic, cumin, coriander, and chiles, and sauté 5-10 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add beans and mash, then stir in tomatoes and orange juice. Reduce heat to low, cover pan, and simmer, stirring frequently, 5-10 minutes. Add salt.
Make the tostadas (either by yourself or with everyone at the table): place a tortilla on a plate, cover with lettuce, then beans, cheese, guacamole, salsa, and (optional) sour cream. Eat immediately.
|Notes||Kids in particular love putting together their own tostadas.
Adapted from The Moosewood Collective’s Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant: Ethnic and regional recipes from the cooks at the legendary restaurant.
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