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 –
- 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.