I love, love, love it when I can use food twice AND it really works! Of course, this doesn’t happen often but you know what I mean. Sometimes, leftovers just don’t work or you try to use something you’ve got in the fridge for a “round 2 meal” and your whole family goes….”really? No, it’s okay, it’s just not like what you usually fix.” There’s not a home cook out there that hasn’t tried to stretch a dollar, make something yummy that the family will like and feel good about both. Well…that happened last night! Last weekend we had a great meal with the centerpiece being a beef roast. There was a bit left over so I had to get creative. After a little research and pantry shopping, I came up with Beef Tostadas. The meal turned out great, the boys had seconds and Hunter deemed it “Blog Worthy”….hmmm, more about that comment later. Anyway, here’s what I did –
- Shred leftover beef into small pieces using 2 forks and place in a large skillet or heavy pan. (I used about 5 cups of beef)
- Add 1 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water. Mix well.
- Sprinkle in a packet of taco seasoning (I use Wick Fowler’s – All Natural)
- Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon cumin.
- Juice of 1/2 lemon – just squeeze it into the pot – this make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in the taste – don’t skip this.
- Drain and rinse 1 can of beans – use either pinto or black beans.
- Gently mash beans with the back of a fork until about 1/3 of amount are in small pieces.
- Add to the meat mixture and fold together. Simmer on low heat for 15 – 20 minutes.
To Assemble – heat corn or flour tortillas on grill. When toasted, place a heaping spoonful of meat mixture on the tortilla and top with shredded cheese. When cheese is melted, remove and top with all of your favorite extras!!
~Extras might include…more cheese, chopped lettuce, red onion, sour cream, fresh salsa, jalapenos, guacamole, hot sauce. YUM, YUM, YUM….this is RECYCLING at it’s best!!