Ah, Mexican food. Is there anything better when you want some quick, easy, cheesy, crunchy, spicy goodness?
::sounding like a Taco Bell commercial::
But I digress. Turkey tostadas are a random conglomeration of ingredients that I had on hand and basically just made up. They were delicious :)
Four whole wheat tortillas
1/2 lb. ground turkey breast
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/2 cup green pepper and onion, diced
1 can refried black beans (preferably low-sodium organic)
Taco seasoning to taste
Super fast fresh salsa
2 - 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
2 - 4 T. jalapeno, chopped into tiny pieces
1 T. garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Shredded Romaine lettuce, sliced jalapeno peppers, and light sour cream
Cook the turkey in a non-stick pan on medium-high heat until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the green peppers and onions about halfway through. If the mixture starts to get a little dry or sticks to the pan, add a tablespoon of water. Add at least one tablespoon and as much as three tablespoons of taco seasoning and mix well.
Make the salsa:
Mix the chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos together in a medium-sized bowl. Season with the garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper, then squeeze 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice over top. Stir well, and place in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
While the turkey is cooking, warm the black beans over medium heat and add another helping of taco seasoning (about a tablespoon). You just need them to be heated through, so they'll be ready in about five minutes.
Arrange the tortillas on a baking sheet and brush very lightly with olive oil. Bake for about 5 minutes, until they start to crisp. Remove from the oven and layer the black beans on top of two of the tostadas. Add a sprinkle of cheese, and then make a "sandwich" and place the other tostada on top. Pop back in the oven for another 3 - 5 minutes, and then remove.
Plate each tostada, then add the lettuce, turkey, cheese, and salsa. Top with a spoonful of sour cream.
These were SO good and so flavorful. Keith and I both loved it, and it was even sort of healthy. Ole!