Jun 25, 2008

Pinto Bean and Couscous Tostadas

I have to say, I did not have a lot of hope for this recipe. It came out of a magazine from Publix that my wonderful mother-in-law saved for me. It looked good, but I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I just don't have the greatest luck when it comes to Mexican inspired foods. They just don't turn out how I hoped they would. But hey! It's apparently a new day because this was DELISH!!!! And so easy! And lots of leftovers that I'll actually eat because it is meatless! :) (I cannot STAND reheated meat - ick!)

This is definitely a keeper! I did make a few adjustments, which I don't usually do with a new recipe, but I'm glad that I did.

Pinto Bean and Couscous Tostadas
from Publix (grocery store)

1 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 c. vegetable brother or reduced-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 stalk celery, diced
1 can corn, drained
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
about 1 tsp. chopped jalapeno
1 tomato, diced
2 tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped

1 tsp. cumin
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper (omitted)
1/2 c. salsa (omitted)
1/2 c. uncooked couscous
4 tostada shells (I used flour tortillas that I toasted in the oven.)
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream, shredded lettuce and/or salsa (optional) (green onion, cilantro)

1. In a medium saucepan, combine beans, broth, water, carrot and crushed red pepper. (I first cooked the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and jalapeno until tender in 1 tbsp. olive oil. I then added the cumin and cilantro. After that, I added the beans, tomato, corn and liquid.)
2. Bring mixture to a boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, from 5 minutes.
4. Stir in 1/2 c. salsa and couscous.
5. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
6. Serve bean-couscous mixture on tostada shells, top with cheese and/or other toppings.
7. I toasted the tortilla shells in a 375 degree oven for about 7 minutes. I filled them over once. I couldn't find tostada shells!!!

1 comment:

Dying to be thin said...

This was actually pretty good. I did infact add the salsa, I used "hot" because I like things spicy and it was really, really good. I will make this again!

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