Thursday, January 20, 2011

Black Bean Tostadas

The other day, I discovered a website called . They take unhealthy recipes and create healthy alternatives. Since I'm trying to eat healthier and get in better shape, I have been spending a lot of time on that website! As I was searching for something for my husband and I to eat the other night that wasn't too expensive, I stumbled across something called Spicy Black Bean Tostadas. Both of us like spicy foods and Mexican, so I thought it would be a good experiment.

While they didn't sound like they would be the most flavorful things in the world, they turned out delicious! They were very yummy, very filling, but very healthy at the same time. I think this one is definitely going to stay  in the recipe book for awhile!

Black Bean Tostadas

Four corn tortillas
1 can black beans, drained
1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped
1 roma tomato, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp + 2 tsp  cooking oil
3/4-1 cup of your favorite cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
Fresh Cilantro

Preheat oven to 425. In the mean time, place the 2 tbsp of cooking oil (whatever kind you have on hand) on a cookie sheet, glass casserole dish, etc. and then coat the front and backs of the tortillas. Once the oven has preheated, place the cooking sheet into the oven for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, flip the tortillas and cook them for another 5 minutes, or until crispy.

In the mean time, heat 2 tsp of cooking over medium heat. After it's heated up, saute the jalepeno, tomato, onion, and garlic. After these are tender, put in the can of black beans. Cook until heated through.

Put a little bit of cheese on each tortilla, and then spoon the mixture evenly onto each tortilla. There was actually quite a bit of the mixture, so you could probably usually 2 or 3 more tortillas in this recipe. Cook in oven for about 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Sorry this picture is so nasty-sauce looking. It was on my phone. 

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