Sunday, July 14, 2013

Easy Dinner Idea: Turkey Tostadas

Easy dinner ideas. I'm aaaaall about 'em. And my guess is that many of you are too! Well, I've got an incredibly easy recipe for you here for a fun, simple dinner of turkey tostadas. One of my new favorites, for sure!

The recipe came about with some inspiration from a couple sources. One of those was Two Peas and Their Pod's recipe for open-faced enchilada veggie quesadillas over at Tasty Kitchen. And I had also been eyeing a recipe for chicken tostadas and avocado salsa at My Recipes, so I kinda sorta put the two recipes together and came up with these turkey tostadas!

The recipe is quite flexible, so you can change it up if you'd like to suit your own tastes by using a different meat (or no meat), different veggies and toppings, etc.


-olive oil
-1/2 medium/large onion (any kind), sliced
-1 lb. lean ground turkey
-1/2 green pepper, diced
-1/2 to 3/4 tsp. chili powder
-1 ear corn, cooked with the kernels cut off the cob
-1/3 to 1/2 cup canned black beans (drained and rinsed)
-1 medium/large tomato, diced
-4 whole wheat flour tortillas
-canned tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, or salsa
-shredded cheese (Mexican blend or other)
-sour cream


In a large skillet on the stove, heat olive oil and add the onion, cooking two or three minutes. Add the ground turkey. After a few minutes, add the diced pepper and chili powder. Continue to cook over medium heat until the pepper softens and the meat is cooked through. For the last minute or so of cooking, add the corn kernels, black beans, and tomato, and incorporate with other ingredients. Remove mixture from heat and set aside.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. On a large cookie sheet (or two sheets), place the tortillas. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the tortillas puff up a little (they will harden/become more crisp) and are lightly golden brown. Remove from oven (but keep oven on). On top of each tortilla, spread desired amount of your topping of choice - tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, or salsa (we used salsa). Next, top with desired amount of the turkey/veggie mixture. Finally, sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Put cookie sheets back in the oven to melt the cheese. This shouldn't take much more than 2 to 4 minutes. When the cheese is melted to your liking, remove from oven. Top with other toppings, if desired - avocado, sour cream, salsa, etc.

Mike and I both really loved this meal. It came together so easily! Keep in mind, as I said earlier, that the toppings are very flexible. You can definitely make this meatless, or you can substitute a different meat for the turkey (chicken, beef, etc.). And all different types of veggies would work well too. A very customizable meal!

This quick dinner idea will definitely enter the regular meal rotation in our house. :)

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