I now had some leftover chipotle lime shrimp I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! I had been wanting to try making tostadas for a while and I thought that some chipotle lime shrimp tostadas would hit the spot. A tostada is essentially a fried or toasted tortilla that is filled with goodies. Mexican cuisine is one of my favorites and one of the things that I really like about it is the fact that there are so many different ways to rearrange the same ingredients into different packages so that you can have something new and interesting each time while still enjoying your favorite flavours. In the case of tostadas it seems like the natural progression; you start with freshly made tortillas and use them for tacos or burritos then when they are a bit older you use them in enchiladas or casseroles and then when they are just about completely stale you can fry them up in some oil and they become something new and wonderful again. I made sure to make extra chipotle lime shrimp and where I enjoyed them in tacos the first night I fried up the old tortillas and made chipotle lime shrimp tostadas the second night.
Once you have the basics down for your tostadas you can pretty much fill them with anything that you want. A good place to start is with your favorite tacos fillings such as lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, cheese, sour cream, avocado, etc. I wanted to keep my tostadas nice and light so I went with lettuce, freshly made pico de gallo , black beans and avocado for the tostadas filling. It turned out to be pretty easy to fry up your own tortillas and the plain freshly made 'toasted' tortillas were great! They were nice and crispy and somehow fresh with a slight sweetness from the corn. (I think that I am going to have to make my own tortilla chips next time instead of buying them from the store.) The tostadas were as easy as throwing them together once you had all of the ingredients on hand. These chipotle lime shrimp tostadas were nice and light and fresh and good! What a great way to breath new life into old tortillas! The chipotle lime shrimp worked really well in the tostadas and I am looking forward to experimenting with tostadas and 'toasted' tortillas more in the future!
Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tostadas
- 8 small corn tortillas (day old)
- oil for frying
- 1 pound chipotle lime shrimp
- 4 cups romaine lettuce (shredded)
- 2 cups pico de gallo
- 2 cups black beans
- 2 avocados (diced)
- Either fry the tortillas in oil until crispy or brush them with oil and bake them in a preheated 350F/180C oven until golden brown and crispy.
- Assemble the tostadas by placing the other ingredients on top of the fried tortillas along with your favourite taco style toppings such as cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc.