Ground Beef Tostadas

(from pages 51 and 53 of The Mexican Cook Book by George and Inger Wallace.  Published by Nitty Gritty Productions, Concord, CA, 1971)

Some weeks ago, I got a package of corn tortillas at work and didn’t know what to do with them.  Lucky for me my parents had this cookbook!  I found this 43-year-old recipe for delicious, albeit messy, tostadas.

For tostadas
8 tortillas                                                          1 large sliced avocado
Vegetable oil for frying                                     1/2 c shredded cheese
2 c refried beans                                             1 pt sour cream
2 c ground beef filling (see below)                   Sliced black olives
2 c shredded lettuce                                        Pickled or canned chiles
2 sliced tomatoes

For ground beef filling
1 T vegetable oil                                   2 oz black olives, chopped
1/2 onion, minced                                 1 envelope taco seasoning
1 clove of garlic, minced                       Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb ground beef

Brown beef in the vegetable oil.  Remove from skillet and add onions and garlic.  Saute onions and garlic until tender.  Add meat back to skillet and mix in other ground beef filling ingredients.  Set aside.

Fry tortillas on both sides in hot vegetable oil until crisp.  Drain on paper towels.  Spread the tortillas with refried beans and then meat filling.  Add lettuce, tomato, and avocado slices.  Sprinkle with cheese, and then top with sour cream, olives, and chiles.

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I'm a budding food safety scientist who's going to start a Master of Public Health at Ohio State University this fall. I want to be a food safety sanitarian or inspector for a government health department.

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