Thursday, May 30, 2013

Barbecue Chicken & Shrimp Tostada

When it comes to dinner, we always look for something that is quick, easy and of course delicious. But, what I like best is making Mexican food that is quick, easy and delicious.

After having my fair share of Mexican, I've developed an idea that takes the meaning of "tostada," to a whole new level. If you've ever wondered what "tostada" means, it's a Spanish word derived from word "toasted." So if you want a Mexican dish that has some spice, crunch and flavor, this is what you need.

Barbecue Chicken & Shrimp Tostada Ingredients      
- 2 chicken breasts (chopped)
- 1/2 medium sized onion (sliced)
- 1/2 c. of small shrimp (peeled & defrosted)
- 2 tbs. cumin
- 1/2  tbs. chili powder
- 1/4 c. of shredded cheddar
- Dash of pepper
- Olive oil
- 2 tortillas
- Corn salsa
- 1/2 avocado (diced)
- Barbecue sauce
- Lettuce
Makes 2 servings

Start by chopping the chicken breasts into small chunks and heat in a medium sized pan with 2 tbs. of olive oil. Once the chicken is almost cooked, add the shrimp and onions. 
Then add 2 tbs. of cumin,  1/2 tbs. of chili powder and a dash of pepper.

After everything is cooked, heat up a medium sized skillet on medium-high with a 1 tbs. of olive oil. Then place a medium size tortilla in the pan, cooking each side for a few minutes. What you should look for is when the tortilla begins to bubble and raise. The purpose of this is to toast the tortilla to get the perfect "tostada" texture. You know the tortilla is done once it gets brown on each side. Then, take it out of the pan and let it set for a minute, it will give the tortilla time to finish cooking. 

Now it's time to start building your tostada. Take a spoonful or two of barbecue sauce and spread a thin layer onto the tortilla. Then take two spoonfuls of corn salsa of your choice. Then, take your shrimp, chicken and onion mixture and spread across the tortilla.

Next, take some of your shredded cheddar and sprinkle onto the mix. Finally, add the lettuce and diced avocado. Then, pick up your tostada like a pizza and enjoy.

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