Sunday, September 26, 2010

Black bean Tostada


I love Mexican type food. It always seems so fresh and healthy, which is something I strive to feed my family with. I started with some black beans and went from there. The avocado cream is something new and wanted to do a little experiment with.

Speaking of experiments...I got this amazing book at the library. ALINEA. It is a cookbook from the famous Chicago restaurant. I was excited when I checked my email this morning and it said it was ready for me to pick up. This book...the pictures are a work of art! The pictures are SO beautiful, its hard to believe it is food. If you have a good library, I recommend you check this book out. Its not vegan, but man...it is unbelievable where food has come.
 
Back on topic both my blenders are broken. The big glass one broke because I left a fork in it when I turned it on and it broke the glass. My hand blender I broke this evening when I was mushing up the beans I had it plugged into the stove top outlet, and the cord rested on a hot burner. There was a HUGE spark and the lights flickered through out the house. I am mad at myself because both of these "accidents" could of been prevented. ARGH!  I guess I will be mushing beans by hand for now...

This was super simple to make and made the family happy which is always a +.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion- small diced
3 cloves garlic-minced
1 1/2 cups black beans
1 small tomato- chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin powder
3/4 cup water
sea salt

In a medium sized pot heat oil, add onion and garlic. Saute until soft. Add spices stir to coat onions. Add beans, water and tomato. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes. Puree and season to taste

For the tostada part I used a cast iron pan heated it up and placed a flour tortilla on it. Let it sit on the heat for a minute or two and then flip it.

5 comments:

  1. One of my favorite quick meals. Looks delicious!

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  2. I am sorry about your blender. But personally, I love hand mashed refried beans. That tostada looks perfect.

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  3. We have a lot of Mexican food (hubby grew up in NM) and I am always looking for new meals to add to the rotation. That looks great!

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  4. black bean tostada are delish! your pictures are amaizing:) thank you for sharing this.

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