Thursday, April 26, 2012

DIY Tostada Shells

Maybe this is the silliest blog post ever....and maybe I'm the last person on earth to realize this, but did you know that you can make tostada shells at home?  And they're easy?
Tostadas are a staple around here.  They're easy, cheap, and everyone in the house loves them.  We usually just top ours with refried (pinto or black) beans and cheese (cheddar or monterey jack).  Then on top of that goes the fixin's: pico, salsa, sour cream, guacamole...whatever we have on hand.

Well, my beloved grocery store stopped carrying the regular tostada shells and started carrying a new brand.  One with 15 ingredients and 2 kinds of food coloring.  I know this sounds strange coming from a woman with 30 bottles of food coloring in her cabinet (and 6 in reserves), but I don't NEED food coloring in my tostada shells, thank you very much.  I fulfill that daily requirement in cookies.

Anyhoo....I started making my own.  Here's what you'll want to do:

1. Grab some corn tortillas.

2. Put some oil in a pan, about 1/4 to 1/2" high.  I'm using grapeseed here, but you could use vegetable oil or canola oil.  I'd avoid olive oil since it will smoke.

3. Heat up the oil, then add the tortillas one by one.  You'll want to see bubbles of oil around the edges when you plop one in.

4.  Use tongs to flip the tortilla back and forth....every 30 seconds or so, until crispy on both sides.  Once crispy, place on a dish towel and blot excess oil.

5. Sprinkle on some coarse salt. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas, stacking them as you go.

That's it!  And guess what?  These are so much prettier that the ones in the box, and (shocker!) taste better, too!

{Make a few extra and place in a zip top bag in the pantry.}
Do you make your own tostada shells?

9 comments:

  1. I make taco shells the same way just fold them in half before they get too crunchy. Fry bread is fun to make too but you can't buy that pre-made at the store.

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  2. I do the same thing. Tostadas are delicious!

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  3. Good grief...now I'm thinking, why didn't I think of that! I love tostadas and always have corn tortillas on hand. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. :) I love a good tostada too, though I just bake mine in the oven for the same crunch and less oil and clean up.

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  5. Yum, yum yum. No, I had no idea it was so easy!!

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  6. Want the best tortilla chips? Cut each tortilla in 1/8th and fry the same way. Oh my...

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  7. Ummm yeah never would have thought it was so easy. And I loooooove me some mexican food.

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  8. we make our own and taco shells (unless I am too lazy) we grew up with a drive-in burger place in my hometown....they made tortilla burgers...so awesome...two tostada shells,shredded lettuce, melted cheese and hamburger patty......awesome...this place has been serving Tortilla burgers since my parents were kids...

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