Valentine Tostadas

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Do you have a secret hiding place for the card you buy ahead of time for your Valentine?

I change my secret hiding place each year and then it becomes a secret to me when I need to get the card and can’t remember where I put it.

If you want to surprise your sweetheart with something  fun, different and super tasty, how about making Valentine Tostadas.

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And of course, since these tostadas are a member of the tortilla chip family, they are muy delicioso.

They’re really tasty served warm but are also delish served at room temperature.

These yummies are great for a meal or even an appetizer.

So give these colorful Valentine’s Tostadas a try.  Your sweetheart will be glad you did.

Have a nice weekend!

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Valentine-Tostados

Corn tortillas, canola oil, canned refried beans, garlic powder, pepper, ground cumin, salsa, cheddar cheese, purple cabbage, cilantro, green onions, tomatoes, lettuce (optional), and sour cream.

Here’s how to make it:

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In a medium size pan add the refried beans,

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cumin,

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garlic powder,

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pepper, and

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water.

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Stir together and warm on low to medium heat.

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Next,

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cut each corn tortilla into the shape of a heart.

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Heat a small skillet on medium heat and add the canola oil.

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To test if the oil is hot enough dip just an edge of the tortilla in the oil and if it sizzles add the entire heart tortilla.

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Cook until each side of the tortilla is golden brown (about 3 or 4 minutes).

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Then,

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Remove the tortilla from the oil and set on a paper towel.  Repeat until all tortillas are cooked.  Set aside.

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Next, chop the green onions,

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cilantro,

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tomatoes,

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purple cabbage and lettuce (optional).

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Shred the cheese.

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Then spread the refried beans on top of the tortilla shells.

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Next, spread the salsa on top of the beans…

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…and top with the cheese, purple cabbage,

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tomatoes, cilantro, and green onions.  Also add lettuce if you like.

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Then add the sour cream to a pastry bag with your favorite decorative tip.

Pipe the sour cream around the outside edges of the tostada so that it resembles the look of lace.

Or make any decoration with the sour cream you would like.

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Serve warm or at room temperature for a meal or appetizer.

Enjoy!

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Valentine Tostados

Yield: Serves 3

Ingredients:

6 corn tortillas
½ cup canola oil
1 can refried beans (16 ounce can)
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
½ cup water
1 cup salsa
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 ¼ cups chopped purple cabbage
½ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup chopped green onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup chopped lettuce (optional)
1 cup sour cream

Directions:

In a medium size pan add the refried beans, cumin, garlic, pepper, and water. Stir together and warm on low to medium heat.

Cut each corn tortilla into the shape of a heart. Heat a small skillet on medium heat and add the canola oil. To test if the oil is hot enough dip just an edge of the tortilla in the oil and if it sizzles add the entire heart tortilla. Cook until each side of the tortilla is golden brown (about 3 or 4 minutes). Remove the tortilla from the oil and set on a paper towel. Repeat until all tortillas are cooked. Set aside.

Chop the green onions, cilantro, tomatoes, purple cabbage and lettuce (optional). Shred the cheese. Spread the refried beans on top of the tortilla shells. Next spread the salsa on top of the beans and top with the cheese, purple cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, and lettuce (optional).

Add the sour cream to a pastry bag with your favorite decorative tip. Pipe the sour cream around the outside edges of the tostada so that it resembles the look of lace. Or make any decoration with the sour cream you would like. Serve warm or at room temperature as an appetizer.

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8 Responses to “Valentine Tostadas”

  1. Colette @ JFF! — February 4, 2013 @ 12:20 am (#
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    Ok, these are just
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    cute!

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    • Nancy — February 4th, 2013 @ 8:35 am

      Hi Colette, thank you!

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  2. The Contessa (Linda) — February 4, 2013 @ 9:06 am (#
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    These are just too cute. How clever. We have a party going on today. What’d You Do This Weekend? I’d love it if you would bring these over.

    The Contessa (Linda)

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    • Nancy — February 6th, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

      Hi Linda, so glad you like them. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Carole — February 9, 2013 @ 10:48 am (#
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    Love,love,love your recipes!!!!

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    • Nancy — February 9th, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

      Hi Carole, thank you very much!

      Reply

  4. Mimi — June 6, 2013 @ 7:41 pm (#
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    These are absolutely beautiful! Will definitely be trying them! 🙂

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    • Nancy — June 7th, 2013 @ 7:05 am

      Hi Mimi, so glad you like them. Thank you very much for stopping by and have a great day!

      Reply

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