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 –
Turn leftover beef into its own meal with Beef Tostadas.
- 5 cups beef
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 can of beans - use either pinto or black beans
- corn or flour tortillas
- shredded cheese
Shred leftover beef into small pieces using 2 forks and place in a large skillet or heavy pan.
Add tomato sauce and water. Mix well.
Sprinkle in a packet of taco seasoning (I use Wick Fowler's - All Natural).
Add garlic powder and cumin.
Add lemon juice - just squeeze it into the pot - this make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in the taste - don't skip this.
Drain and rinse 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.
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.