My go to quick meals seem to mostly be salads or some sort of Mexican dish.
Spicy and crunchy are to of my favorite words, and when you get them both into one meal I'm a happy camper.
I take some help here on the marinade, by using Fontera beef taco marinade. You can find it in your grocery store, usually in the section with all the other Mexican food items. I have found them sometimes where the packets of seasonings are too. I will say I use these a lot for shortcuts and I like all the flavors.
If you have time to put your meat in the marinade in the morning do so, it will just give it even more flavor. If not it will still be delicious!
I bake my tortilla shells, I think its easier on a week night, and honestly they get good and crisp and you don't miss that they're not fried. I also use non fat greek yogurt anyplace I would use sour cream.
I love good food, so anywhere I can make a swap that doesn't affect the taste I do it. I may need those extra calories somewhere else!
Quick beef tostadas
Makes 6 tostadas
Total time 35 minutes
1 1/2 lbs beef sirloin diced
1 15 oz black beans drained
1 pkg fontera beef taco marinade
1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
1/2 onion diced
1 head romaine chopped
1 red bell pepper sliced thin
1 avocado diced
1/2 red onion sliced thin
1 tomato seeded and diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
juice of 1 lime
Sour cream or greek yogurt
salsa of choice
If you didn't marinate your beef in the am then do so now while you get all your salad stuff chopped up. (everything from romaine down except lime) If you did marinate ahead of time you can do your salad prep while your tortillas bake and your meat cooks.
Pre heat oven to 400 and either line a baking sheet with parchment or spray it with olive oil spray. Lay your tortillas on the tray, spray tops with cooking spray, and sprinkle each with salt. Put in oven and bake for about 15 minutes until they are crisp and golden brown.
Once your meat has marinated for at least 20 minutes drain quickly, you don't need every drop off, but if you don't drain a little you will have too much liquid to crisp the meat.
Place the oil in a pan let heat for a minute or two and add your beef, black beans, onions and
jalapeno. Sautee over medium high heat until meat is cooked and crisp on the edges. About 15 minutes.
Squeeze fresh lime juice over salad mix and toss well.
To assemble place a tortilla on the plate top with meat mixture then salad mixture and yogurt or sour cream and any salsa you may like.