Crispy Tortillas with Beef/Tostadas con Carne

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Crispy Tortillas with Beef/Tostadas con Carne
For a variation of this recipe, eliminate the beef or replace it with sliced pork, chicken, shrimp, or cooked vegetables.

Ingredients

        ½ c. vegetable oil; 12 7-inch corn tortillas

        1 lb. ground beef; ½ c. chopped onion

        1 10-oz. can green chiles and tomatoes

        ½ tsp. garlic salt; ½ tsp. oregano

        ½ tsp. ground cumin; ¼ tsp. chili powder

        ¼ tsp. basil

        1 15-oz. can (about 2 c.) refried beans or 2 c. homemade refried

        2 c. shredded lettuce; 2 tomatoes, chopped or sliced

        1 c. grated cheddar cheese; taco sauce or salsa cruda.

Instructions

Step 1:
Heat oil in a frying pan. Using tongs, submerge tortillas, one or two at a time, in hot oil and fry until each is crisp. Drain on a paper towel.

Step 2:
Cook beef and onion in a skillet until meat is brown.

Step 3:
Drain off excess fat from meat and onions. Stir in the can of chiles and tomatoes, garlic salt, oregano, cumin, chili powder, and basil.

Step 4:
Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Heat refried beans.

Step 5:
Spread each tortilla with warm beans and then cover beans with 2 heaping tbsp. of meat mixture.

Step 6:
Top with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Pour on taco sauce or salsa cruda to taste.

Food: Crispy Tortillas with Beef/Tostadas con Carne

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