Beef Tostadas with Roasted Tomatoes

Beef Tostadas with Roasted Tomatoes

Today is Cinco de Mayo! Break out the tequila, blast some mariachi music, bust open a pinata! We’ve Americanized this Mexican holiday to suit our American tastes (see last Thursday’s Easy Chicken Mole blog for Cinco de Mayo fact vs. fiction), but what the heck. It’s a great excuse for a party!

The late great Zanzibar restaurant inspired tonight’s recipe, however I’m fairly certain they used cooked and shredded pork shoulder for their tostadas instead of beef.

I purchased a pre-seasoned “Beef Carnita” from Trader Joe’s and used that to simplify the recipe.

Recipe: Beef Tostadas with Roasted Tomatoes


  • 4 large roma or tomatilla tomatoes, hulled and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 jalapeno or seranno chili peppers; cut in half, wearing plastic gloves, remove seeds
  • 3 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • 1 (1 1/2#) pre-seasoned beef carnitas*
  • 1-3 teaspoons canola oil
  • 8, 8-inch corn tortillas
  • 4 tablespoon sour cream


  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Place tomatoes, cut-side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Brush oil over tomatoes and roast on middle rack of oven 10 minutes. Add peppers to baking sheet and roast peppers, with tomatoes, an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Mash avocado with lime juice and chopped cilantro. Season with kosher salt.
  4. Oil grill grates and quickly grill beef, 1-2 minutes per side for medium rare. Let beef rest 10 minutes then thinly slice against the grain.
  5. As beef rests, heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in skillet. In batches, fry tortillas on both sides in medium hot oil until they are golden brown, adding additional oil if pan becomes dry. Let drain on paper towels.
  6. To serve, evenly divide and spread the avocado mixture on each tortilla. Top each with sliced beef, then top with a roasted tomato half. Garnish each with 1/2 tablespoon sour cream, cilantro sprig and a roasted pepper.

*Any sliced or shredded cooked beef, pork or chicken may be substituted for the pre-seasoned Beef Carnitas I purchased from Trader Joes.

Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 8 tostados

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