What’s for dinner? That’s what my daughters ask me every day. I love eating dinner together and sharing a simple balanced meal that I know the whole family can enjoy. One of the favourites is this Mexican Minced Beef Tostada recipe.
This recipe has a great line-up of ingredients that fit the bill perfectly! There is beef, which contains zinc, iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 which can help the immune system work normally. It’s accompanied by garlic, whole wheat tortillas, beans, and toppings including fresh crunchy lettuce, avocados, spring onions, yoghurt and a squeeze of lime.
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Why beef is so good to have in your diet
Beef is a source of vitamin B12, which is only found naturally in foods from animal products, such as meat and dairy products.
Adults need around 1.5 micrograms of B12 a day, which can only be found naturally in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. Amongst other things, vitamin B12 helps the nervous and immune systems work normally. Other compelling reasons to include beef in our diet:
- Lean beef is a naturally rich source of vitamin B12
- Vitamin B12 helps energy production in the body
- Vitamin B12 helps the nervous system work normally
- Vitamin B12 helps red blood cell formation
- Vitamin B12 helps the immune system work normally
- Vitamin B12 helps reduce tiredness and fatigue
- Beef is naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides eight vitamins and minerals that contribute towards good health and wellbeing. These are: iron, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.
A recipe that adapts to what you have
Plus, the great thing is that you can substitute so many of the ingredients if you don’t have them to hand: You can build these on any type of tortilla, flat bread, wrap or even bread or crackers. You can add sweet peppers or carrots to sneak in a few more vegetables by cooking them along with the onions. You can sub in your favourite toppings such as cabbage, softened leeks, pickled jalapenos, fresh cucumbers, replace the lime with lemon, add chilli powder or chilli flakes, swap the cumin for paprika…whatever your family fancies!
I hope you like my Mexican Minced Beef Tostada recipe. It’s inspired from my childhood in California.
Even setting out the ingredients for this recipe is pleasing — just look at all those vibrant colours!
Brushing the tortillas with a little oil and baking gives a crisp texture without frying.
I use little gem lettuce for these tostadas but any type of leaf works well: Rocket or watercress for a bit of zing, iceberg for crispy crunch, you can even use cress, spinach…whatever works!
I use a tin of refried beans for the base on the tostada as it’s just so easy. You can quickly make your own as well (check out the easy recipes online) with just about any type of bean. They provide a surface for the meat to cling to on the tortilla…
…so you can pile it high with your toppings. Everyone can put on the quantities they like, meaning everyone is gets a simple balanced meal they love.
This is how I like it: the tasty satisfying beef mince coupled with spring onions, cherry tomatoes, yoghurt and avos.
Try my recipe this week — you won’t regret it!
Mexican Minced Beef Tostada
- 1 tbsp olive oil plus additional for brushing tortillas
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 red onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 500 g lean beef mince
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- salt & pepper to taste
- 6 wholemeal flour tortillas
- 1 lime
- 40 g sour cream or plain yoghurt
- 1 medium avocado, cut into small cubes
- 250 g cheddar cheese, grated
- 24 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 Little Gem lettuces, sliced thinly
- 4 spring onions, finely sliced
- 1 230g jar of mild salsa
- 1 435g tin refried bean (If you can't find refried beans, use 1 tin bortolli, kidney or black beans, mashed)
- Put 1 tablespoon olive oil in pan. Heat on medium high and add cumin seeds. Quickly add onions and garlic and sauté until soft (about 5 minutes).
- Add lean beef mince and cumin. Sauté until brown (8 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. Take off heat and set aside.
- Heat oven to 170. Brush olive oil lightly on each side of the tortilla/wrap. Place in hot oven for 5 minutes, then turn over and bake another 3 minutes. They should be crisp (not soft). Take out and stack on a dinner plate and set aside.
- Zest 1 lime and mix with the sour cream or plain yogurt. Put in pretty bowl and set aside.
- Put the diced avocado in a small bowl. Squeeze lime juice over the avocado for flavour and to prevent browning
- Place grated cheese, cherry tomatoes, sliced lettuce, sliced spring onions, salsa in separate bowls
- Open refried beans, place in a small bowl. place a paper towel on top. Heat in microwave on high for 2 minutes 30 seconds or until heated through.
- Take 1 tortilla/wrap and place on plate
- Take 1/6th heated refried beans and spread on tortilla
- Spread 1/6th of the cooked mined beef mixture on top of the refried beans
- Sprinkle on cheese, lettuce and 12 of the cherry tomatoes
- Spoon 1/6th of the diced avocado on the mixture
- Place a large dollop of the yogurt/lime mixture in the middle of the tostada
- Toss on some diced spring onion