Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tasty Tuesday!

A cousin of mine recommended this recipe on Facebook, and, due to pregnancy cravings, I just had to try it immediately!  She also thought it was funny that only a pregnant woman could crave something that she'd never even eaten before...I'm sure some of you can relate =)  Anyway, it's very simple, but it was sooo good!  So good, I actually want one right now...

Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas a la Homemade!

The recipe is from Lynn's Kitchen Adventure's.  Her pictures are prettier than mine...

Homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas:

1 package tostada shells (or, you can deep fry flour tortillas...way too much work, but probably really tasty)
1 can refried beans
1/2 lb. taco meat (I used the recipe here)
shredded cheese (cheddar, colby jack, or a mexican blend)
1 jar taco sauce (I used Old El Paso brand, and I'm now addicted!)
1 chopped tomato (optional)
1 can sliced black olives (optional)
a few sprigs chopped green onion (optional...I actually didn't use these, but they would have been good!)

sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole for garnish


Layer tostada shell with beans, meat, taco sauce and cheese.  Place another tostada shell on top.  Cover that with taco sauce, olives, tomatoes, onions, and more cheese.  Bake in 400 degree oven for about 8 minutes, or until cheese is melted.  

What's so great about these little guys is that the recipe is totally flexible!  I made a batch of these on a Friday without the meat, and they were very good.  They make for a very quick and easy lunch for the kids, and depending on the ingredients you choose, can also be pretty healthy.  You can also just do a single shell with all the toppings, which is even easier...that's what I did with the meatless ones.  I'd like to try and find a good homemade re-fried beans recipe that uses black beans, as we prefer that to the traditional canned kind, but the canned ones worked just fine.  

Oh, and that link for the taco meat recipe has a fantastic cheese enchilada recipe with a sour cream sauce that is just awesome!  

Enjoy!  And, hop on over to the City Wife, Country Life blog to see what other people are making for Tasty Tuesday =)



Farmer's City Wife said...

Yay!! Thanks for posting on Tasty Tuesday :-D.

Uuuhh... YUM! What a great alternative to the usual tacos. Plus, they could be as simple or as fancy as you have time for -- always a good quality in a recipe.

Cathy LeBlanc said...

thanks! I have been wanting to participate for awhile now, and am finally getting around to it...hopefully this won't be my only post =)

~Lindsey said...

I made these for lunch today, they were so good! I have a feeling they will become a regular in our house (must be the pregnancy thing!)

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