Spring is happening, my plants are popping out of the ground, I found a gigantic rhubarb patch in the back yard of the new house.... Life is feeling fresh full of possibilities. And soon, so soon, 'll get some veggie plants in the ground and the farm share begins.... life will be filled with all the freshest yummy foods. I can't wait.
But until then, I grocery shop. And this week has been a good week for shopping. Why, cause it CInco de Mayo this week ,which is one of my favorite holidays cause avocados, mangoes, and limes all go on crazy sale. I can buy 20 avocados for the price of what like 5 would normally cost. And I take full advantage of the sales (my fridge is currently housing a shit tone of avocados, mangoes, and limes) I will be eating like a queen for days!
And what does one make with all these good things? Well I made tostada! A tostada is pretty much a cross between a taco and a humngo, fully loaded nacho. Stuff all piled high onto a crispy (usually fried but I bake mine) corn tortilla. Its fantastic in all the ways and super simple to make. This particular tostada highlights all the good stuff on sale, Mango salsa , avocados cream with lots of lime, all onto a pile of the yummiest refried black beans. (my mouth is watering thinking about it),
And people, Cinco de Mayo is but once a year, but these tostada should be made all year round!
The stuff. Precooked (or canned) black beans, a sweet ripe mango, an avocado, some shredded red cabbage one red onion, one jalapeno, and a few limes. Also need a few cloves of garlic, at least 4 corn tortillas (mine are home made but you can get store bought) some coconut oil, slt ans pepper, and a bunch of fresh cilantro.
Start with making the mango salsa. Cut the mango into little chucks. ( I do this but halving mango, scoring each side into chunks then scooping the fruit out with a spoon..easy) Dice half of the red onion into little pieces as well as the seeded jalapeno. Toss it all into a bowl or jar, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, mix in the juice of a lime, and add in as much fresh cilantro as you like (or none if oyu don't like)
There is it, mango salsa.
To make the avocado cream just place the avocado (peel and pit removed) into a bowl or blender with a clove of garlic, the juice of a lime, a splash of water, and a sprinkle or two of salt. Blend until smooth, adding more water until the consistency is to you liking.
And now for the beans. Start by tiny dicing up the other half of the onion and a few cloves of garlic and place into a skillet with a teaspoon or two of coconut oil. (can use any oil you like). Add in a splash of water and a sprinkle of salt an place on stove on medium heat and cook.
After the onions have gotten nice and soft, dump in the bean (liquid and all) Keep onheat and cook until the beans are hot and the liquid starts to thicken.
Grab a fork. Fork to beans. Mash'em up to make them officially refried.
And lastly, a little oil rubbed onto the corn tortillas and then placed into a hot oven to get crispy.
All the stuff, ready to go.... And go there, go there NOW!!!
Beans, cabbage, mango salsa, and avocado cream, all piled onto a toasted, crispy tortilla. A few fresh sprigs of cilantro and a slice of lime... This is for real something all amazing.
Eat the greatness (and not just for Cinco de Mayo)
Refried Black Bean Tostadas with Mango Salsa and Avocado Cream
Makes 4-6 tostadas
mango salsa stuff
- 1 ripe mango
- 1 jalapeno
- 1/2 a red onion
- 1 lime
- salt and pepper
- fresh cilantro*
for the refried black beans
- 2 cups (1 can) prepared black beans
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 red onion
- 1-2teaspoons coconut oil (can use any oil you like)
the avocado cream
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 lime
- salt and pepper
- a tablespoon or two of water
and the following
- 4-6 corn tortillas
- small bowl of thinly shredded red cabbage
- a little extra oil for tortillas
- fresh cilantro *
Note. Omit cilantro if you don't like it.
Start with making the salsa cause the longer it sits, the better it tastes. Cut mango away form pit and score each half into cubes with a knife. Garb a spoon and scoop the mango meat away from the skin. Stick into a bowl. Finely chop half a red onion and de-seed the jalapeno and dice that up too and toss all that into with the mango. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, add in the juice of a lime and add in as much or as little fresh cilantro as you like. Set aside. Also while your at it, toss the cabbage with a little salt and that that sit out as well.
Preheat oven to 400
Now on to the Avocado cream. Place avocado (sans peel and pit) into a blender (or a a bowl and use a hand blender) with the juice of a lime and a clove of garlic. Blend until smooth, adding about 2-3 tablespoons of water until nice ans creamy smooth. Add salt to taste and mix.
Next take the other half of the red onion and dice into very small little pieces. Mince up the garlic and toss both into a pan with a teaspoon or 2 of coconut oil and a few splashes of water. Cook on medium low until onion is nice and soft. Add in black beans (bean water and all) and mix together. Season with salt (if needed...canned beans are usually salty enough) and pepper. Continue to cook beans until hot and bubbly then take a fork or a potato masher and smash the beans until a the beans are all mushed and refried like. Feel free to make then smoother by sticking them in a blender if you want. Add more water to thin out as well.
And lastly, get those corn tortillas into the oven to crisp up. What I did is took a bit of coconut oil and coasted my hands with it then rubbed the tortillas on both side. Or you can brush on melted oil if you don't want to do that. When lightly oiled, stick them into the oven and bake until crispy, flipping them after about 4 minutes and finishing after another 4-5. (you can gauge your liking on crispy)
Now compile the tostadas
Take a crispy tortilla, smother with refried beans, top with a little red cabbage then a big scoop (or two) or the mango salsa and a big spoonful of avocado cream. Add more fresh cilantro on top and serve with a slice of lime..
No utensils needed, just eat with your hands.