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Blogging Marathon# 37: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: Street Food from Around the World 
Dish: Poblano, Corn & Veggie Tostadas from Mexico

After exploring Korea, we are going to Mexico for today’s Street Food from around the World. Mexican food was probably the first international cuisine that I really liked when I came to US. In those days, there were not too many International restaurants in India and the only international dish I ate back then was Domino’s pizza, which if I remember correctly didn’t really like.

But after coming to the US, I became more open minded about trying new dishes and Taco Bell soon became my favorite fast food place, both because of the vegetarian options available and it was affordable for a graduate student. One dish that I still order, at least one, is Nacho cheese chalupa. I make Mexican food atleast once a week and I have quite a few recipes posted here already.

Most of the dishes we get here in the US are the American version of Mexican food. So I wanted to see what is traditionally served as street food in Mexico. Street food in Mexico is called Antojitos, or small cravings. Most of them include corn as an ingredient. These dishes include tacos, chalupas, tamales, gorditas, tostadas etc.,

I decided to make tostadas today. My version is not authentic in any way, but I made sure to infuse it with Mexican flavors. I used pan roasted poblanos, zucchini, eggplant and corn spiced with chili powder and ground cumin along with black beans for the tostadas. Condiments are the highlight for Mexican food, so I topped my tostadas with simple tomato salsa, guacamole and of course lot of sour cream.

Tostadas are Mexican version of open faced sandwiches. These are served on crispy corn tostada shells. Shells are available in store, but I made mine in the oven. Toppings are completely customizable, use your choice of veggies (peppers, onions, zucchini, mushrooms etc) and beans (pinto, kidney or black).

Poblano, Corn & Veggie Tostadas

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Time: 60 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Summary

  • Cuisine: mexican
  • Course: main course
  • Cooking Technique: Baking
  • Preparation Time: 30 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

6 Corn Tortillas
1 16 oz . cans of Black beans
2 Poblanos – medium, thinly chopped
1 Zucchini – medium, sliced
1 Eggplant – medium, sliced
1 Red Onion – medium, sliced
2 cloves Garlic – minced
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Chili Powder (or adjust as per taste)
to taste Salt & Pepper
For Topping:
Lettuce – finely shredded
Tomato Salsa – recipe follows
Guacamole – recipe follows
Cilantro
Sour cream
optional Shredded Cheddar/ Monterey jack/ Pepper Jack

Steps

  1. To make Tostada Shells: Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Brush oil on both sides of the corn tortillas, place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 12~15 minutes, flipping half way through, until golden and crispy. Remove from the oven and keep ready. These can be stored in a airtight container for up to a week.
  2. Prep the veggies: Heat 1tbsp oil in a saute pan, add garlic and saute until golden, next add the veggies and cook on medium-high heat until browned around the edges.
  3. Add chili powder, ground cumin, salt & pepper. Mix well and cook for another 1 minute.
  4. Prepare the Beans: Heat 1tsp oil in a saucepan. Add the black beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook until heated through.
  5. To Assemble the tostadas: Place generous heaping of black beans, followed by veggie mi xture on the tostada shell and top it with your favorite toppings and enjoy immediately.

Tomato Salsa

  • Servings: 1-cup
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Summary

  • Cuisine: mexican
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: condiments
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 Tomatoes – medium, deseeded and chopped
1 Red Onion – small, finely chopped
1 Jalapeno – small, finely choped
1 ~ 2 tsp Lime juice
1 tbsp Cilantro – finely chopped
to taste Salt & Pepper

Steps

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Set aside until ready to use.

Guacamole

  • Servings: 1-cup
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Summary

  • Cuisine: mexican
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: condiments
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

1 Avocado – deseeded and chopped
1 Red Onion – small, finely chopped
1 Jalapeno – small, finely choped
1 ~ 2 tsp Lime juice
1 tbsp Cilantro – finely chopped
to taste Salt & Pepper

Steps

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Set aside until ready to use.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 37.

11 thoughts on “Poblano, Corn & Veggie Tostadas (Vegetarian Recipe)”

  1. yes taco bell is a wonderful option for veggie dishes..i loved your presentation and the choice of dish for the theme

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