GUAJILLO BEEF TOSTADA
4 dried guajillo chiles
1 cup water
2 garlic cloves
1 red bell pepper
2 stalks green onions
1/2 red onion
1/2 yellow onion
1/4 head lettuce
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon cilantro
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon Meat MagicTM spice
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 16 ounce can refried beans.
1/2 cup sour cream
8 toasted corn tortillas
1 cup shredded Four Mexican cheeses
1 cup salsa (optional)
a lazy Susan, about 24-inch across, if one is lurking in your kitchen.
Pull stems off guajillo chiles, leave the rest alone. Cook on medium heat in sauce pan for about 2 minutes until guajillo gives off a fragrant aroma. Place guajillo chiles in mixing bowl. Pour hot water to cover chiles. Let sit for 1 hour. Mince chiles. Dice red bell pepper, green onions, red onions and yellow onions.
Shred as much lettuce as you like. (You have nearly an hour. Or you could employ this time conjugating Portuguese verbs, always handy when dining in Portugal.)
Meanwhile back at the range, add refried beans and sour cream in pot. Mix Cook at medium heat for about 5 minutes until mixture is hot and creamy. Cover and simmer at low until chiles have sat for 1 hour.
Add to frying pan: ground beef, cilantro, coriander, cumin, guajillo chiles, lime juice, meat spice, oregano, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until meat completely turns color. (What color you ask? Turning brown is good. Orange means you magic “spice” was purchased at an alternative food store.)
Apportion refried beans equally on tostadas. Put similar amounts of beef/spice mix on top of beans. Crown tostadas with lettuce, grated cheese, and salsa. Arriba! Arriba!
1) “Tostada” means “toasted” in Spanish.
2) As in toasted bread and not as in “He had six whiskeys. He’s toasted.”
3) People often toast each other by raising a glass of wine at one or more people and saying something mercifully short.
4) This practice arose when people in the 17th century flavored wine with spiced toast.
5) I strongly suspect it was the wine that made people pop up and make short speeches in public.
6) I mean, how often have you seen people make a speech at a dinner after eating cinnamon toast?
7) I don’t think Mexicans have ever flavored their wines with tostadas.
– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef
My cookbook, Following Good Food Around the World, with its 180 wonderful recipes, my newest novel, Do Lutheran Hunks Eat Mushrooms, a hilarious apocalyptic thriller, and all my other books, are available on amazon.com.