The basic difference between a chalupa and a tostada is the type of tortilla. Chalupas are fried flour tortillas; tostadas are baked corn tortillas. Both are served flat with various toppings. Chalupas take a little longer because you have to fry the flour tortillas in a skillet unti they are stiff. Corn tortillas for tostadas you can buy already baked flat; the package says “Tostadas.”
pkg. of flour tortillas or tostadas
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco mix
tomatoes, lettuce, onions, avocados*
grated or shredded Mexican cheeses (or colby jack)
1 can black refried beans (for tostadas only)
Directions for chalupas:
1. Cook meat in skillet as directed on taco mix. While it is cooking, do the followiing…
2. Dice tomatoes into a small serving bowl. Cut or shred lettuce into medium serving bowl. Chop onions into small serving bowl. *All these ingredients depend on the number of servings you will need.
3. Make guacamole from avocados in medium bowl. (see my “Guacamole” post)
4. Put grated/shredded cheese in medium bowl.
5. Fry tortillas, one at a time, in skillet with vegetable oil. When stiff and slightly browned, remove and place on paper towel.
6. Take a fried tortilla and layer on the toppings.
Directions for tostadas: Preheat oven to 350.
1. Cook meat in skillet with taco mix as directed.
2. Make guacamole.
3. Dice and chop tomatoes, onions, lettuce.
4. Grate cheese.
5. On a large cookie sheet place tostado flats. Spread refried beans on each one. Top with grated cheese and bake until cheese has melted.
6. Layer with toppings.
Thought of the Week: Today is Calvin’s, Lizzie’s, and Ben’s last day of the 2010-2011 school year. As I drove them to school, they bickered – again. Meaningless, unimportant, trivial, annoying squabbling grates on my nerves. I am a nonconfrontational person and see no point in quibbling over minutiae. It’s pointless, as well as a waste of time and energy. So, I subjected these children (12, 10, 7), whom I love dearly, to my opinion and outlook on life for five minutes, trying to get them to be nice to each other, to save their anger and scorn for big issues. I know, I know, it’s a waste of time. My words won’t be absorbed; they probably bounced off closed ears or were forgotton as soon as they got out of the car. Kids!