seven layer tostadas

this recipe is simple. easy. delicious.
i love the rich creaminess of the guacamole and spiced sour cream paired with the big crunch of the tostada shell.
it is mexican cuisine at it’s simplest, yet finest.
it was a huge hit with the little she and the husband.
and i definitely had more than my share of it the other night.
WIN for ME!

seven layer tostadas

5ย tostada shells

1 lb ground beef

1 can fat free refried beans (i like to use the spicy kind)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup (ish) guacamole

shredded cheese (i used the mexican blend)

1 small can sliced black olives

green onions, thinly sliced (or cut with kitchen shears)

chopped tomatoes (optional. in my house they are omitted. but it sure makes it pretty!)

2 tbsp PLUS about 1/4 tsp of taco seasoning, divided

(note: if you use store-bought, follow the instructions on the packet. then add a little dash from a second packet into the sour cream.)

1. brown ground beef & drain. add 2 tbsp of the taco seasoning mix and about 1/2ย cup of water. let simmer a few minutesย to allow the meat to absorb the spices. add the can of beans & mix until combined. turn heat to low and let warm for a few minutes, to soften the beans. turn heat off.

2. in a small bowl, combine sour cream and taco seasoning mix. stir to combine.

3. to assemble tostadas: spread meat & bean mixture on top of a tostada shell. cover that with guacamole, then the seasoned sour cream. top with green onions, cheese, olives and tomatoes (if using). salsa is also another great topper, if you already have it out for the tortilla chips:)

4. stuff into mouth.

makes 4-5 tostadas

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