I am always looking to save money. Food is not cheap. So, when I spend $23 on a roast, I like to be sure I get the most bang for my buck and re-heating the same ole dish night after night until the whole thing has been consumed to the point where I don’t want to think about making another roast for 3 months is not my idea of innovative left overs. However, This tostada has transformed my left over pot roast into something completely new and delicious. It has also enabled me to save time and money, both things I really appreciate as a busy mom of two very active toddlers.
I added exactly one ingredient to turn this beef into a Latin delight. I then whipped up some Quick Mexican Black Beans, microwaved some rice in my Pampered Chef rice cooker, fried up some simple tortilla shells and got to work assembling. All this was done in well under 20 minutes. And you can’t tell me that looking at this dish, it doesn’t look a lot more time-consuming than that! It’s almost, dare I say it, fancy looking for our Tuesday night dinner. I put this on a plate in front of my husband and I quote… “Wow, WHAT is this?” was the reaction…. Now, tell me, when was the last time leftovers garnered that kind of reaction in your house? Well, then maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit?
You will want to have a few things on hand of course. For me these things are all pantry staples, a can of beans, rice, Pampered Chef Chili Lime Rub, and tortillas. And from the fridge, some onions, peppers and sour cream.
8 6″corn tortillas
1-11/2 cups left over roast beef, pot roast or steak
1 Tbs. Chili Lime Rub
3 cups white rice
2 cups Quick Mexican Black Beans
sour cream (optional)
3-4 cups veg. oil
In a small dutch oven bring oil to 330°F-350°F. Fry each tortilla seperately until golden. Drain on paper towels and salt immediately.
In a small skillet shred beef and cook with Chili Lime Rub until heated through.
Build your tostada by placing one shell on plate, then add 3/4 cup rice, then 1/2 cup beans, then add another tortilla, then top with beef and a dollup of sour cream. Serve hot. Enjoy!