Tequila Turkey Tostadas

Posted by francis keyser Monday, July 26, 2010
Taste Level: VGR
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 15-20 min.
Cook Time: 15-20 min.
Difficulty: 1

Lately I've been trying to make meals with ingredients I'm not the fondest of. It is almost unheard of that Zo and I have some kind of turkey product within a months time. But hey, who doesn't love a challenge? I decided that we had a whole lot of left over tostadas that I needed to get rid of and instead of grabbing out chicken, beef or pork I was going to make some Turkey Tostadas. Add in some tequila and you have Tequila Turkey Tostadas! I just went with the usual mixture of ingredients I would use to make ground beef tostadas except I used shallot in lieu of onion. I don't know exactly why I tried this bit the shallot flavor really went better with the turkey. In my opinion turkey is a softer bird flavor with one hell of an after bite. the shallot and tequila I feel really smoothed out the flavor of the turkey. You get that turkey flavor but it is mixed in with other strong flavors ending up in one of my favorite ground turkey recipes. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Meat
1 lb ground turkey
1 limes freshly squeezed juice
1 shallot (chopped)
1 jalapeno (seeded, diced)
1/2 bell pepper (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup tequila
1 tbsp fresh cilantro
fresh crack pepper (to taste)
kosher salt (to taste)
2 tsp olive oil

Refried Beans1 can low fat low sodium refried black beans
2 tbsp crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup sweet onion (chopped)
3 garlic cloves (diced)
1/2 jalapeno (seeded, diced)
1 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne
kosher salt (to taste)
fresh crack pepper (to taste)
1 1/2 tsp olive oil

Misc
1/2 cup chipotle cheddar (shredded)
6-8 corn tostadas
1/3 cup salsa de chile fresco
1 avocado (sliced)
1/3 cup lite sour cream

Meat
In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Once oil is heated add shallot, garlic and jalapeno cooking for 5 minutes stirring often. Fold meat, seasonings and green bell peppers until mixed well and cook stirring often for 7 minutes. Add lime juice and tequila and let cook for 5 minutes stirring every other minute. Finally fold in cilantro and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Beans
In a medium sauce pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Once heated add seasonings, jalapeno, garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Fold the remaining ingredients into the sauce pan, turn heat down to medium low, cover and let simmer for 7-10 minutes stirring often. Turn heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.

Tostadas
Lay out the ingredients and let everyone build each tostada with their desired amounts of ingredients. (Personally I like to make them in this order, beans, salsa, meat, sour cream, avocado and then cheese.) Enjoy!

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