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Looking for a new and unique way to feed a crowd for your next football party? This tostadas recipe definitely fits the bill! And I've got a few tips on how you can make it super budget friendly...
First things first, we're going to skip the store-bought tostadas shells. Why pay extra for premade shells when making them at home is as simple as picking up your favorite package of flour or corn tortillas?!
I cracked open the other half of that giant package of TortillaLand tortillas that my hubby picked up at Costco a few weeks ago to make these tostadas. I'm telling you, these tortillas are SO worth the investment. Remember when we made homemade tortilla chips for the holidays? Well, I've also made tacos for eight, plus this tostadas recipe, AND I still have enough left for another round of tacos -- TOTAL win!
As I mentioned before, if you're not familiar with TortillaLand tortillas, there's a few things you need to know about them. These are uncooked tortillas, which makes for a fresher tasting tortilla (in my opinion). Made from five simple, recognizable ingredients, they have a great taste and texture.
How To Make Homemade Tostadas
Making homemade tostadas shells is pretty similar to making homemade tortilla chips. If you're using uncooked flour tortillas like these, simply brush them on both sides with a little extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle on some salt, and bake them at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, turning once at the halfway point.
If you're using another type of tortillas, see the recipe instructions for baking times.
Don't panic if they're massively puffed up when you go to flip them -- this is totally normal! Just prick the bubbles with a toothpick and press down gently to flatten them back out. The tostadas shells are done when they're crisp and slightly browned.
Now comes the fun part of topping them -- as well as my next money-saving tip... We've been trying to use organic grass-fed ground beef when possible lately, which can be quite expensive, especially when you're feeding a household filled with growing kids.
A simple and inexpensive way to stretch the ground beef (organic or not) in a recipe like this is to mix in a can of drained and rinsed black beans.
When a package of organic ground beef clocks in at $7.99/lb., a $0.92 can of beans saves a bundle... And that's even for organic black beans!
A few more simple ways to stretch your ingredients:
- Use homemade taco seasoning. Get rid of all those icky additives while saving money in the long run!
- Go easy on the cheese. Just a light sprinkling is all that's needed for flavor!
- Slice your avocado very thin. I like a big ole' hunk of avocado myself, but a small amount is all you really need for flavor and creaminess on these tostadas.
- Don't buy more Greek yogurt than you need. A little of the lime crema goes a long way, so one of the small single serving Greek yogurts is more than enough to top a batch of tostadas.
Delicious hot or cold, you can chose to preassemble your homemade tostadas, or just arrange everything on a variety of platters and let your family/guests make their own. In addition to being a game day favorite, they're also a Taco Tuesday fave in our home!
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I'm so thrilled to share that I've been provided with another $50 Costco gift card to give away to one lucky Unsophisticook reader! Use it to pick up your own big package of TortillaLand tortillas, along with all of the ingredients for your favorite game day recipes!!!
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In the meantime, use this store locator to see if a Costco near you carries TortillaLand tortillas!