Tex-Mex tostadas with pickled carrots and avocado crema

Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Soy Free

2 Servings, 830 Calories/Serving

35 - 45 Minutes

Tostadas are tacos served on flat, crisped tortillas, and we like to enjoy them every chance we get. Here we top them with an ingenious Tex-Mex mixture of pinto beans, chunky mashed potatoes, cheese, and mild green chiles dreamed up by Sun Basket’s R&D Chef Paul Conte. We leave the peels on the new potatoes for both flavor and nutrition, but feel free to peel them if you prefer.


  • ½ pound new potatoes
  • 1 or 2 carrots
  • 1 shallot
  • Carrot pickle brine (coconut vinegar - maple syrup - salt)
  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo chile flakes (optional)
  • ½ cup cooked pinto beans
  • 3 ounces Savoy cabbage
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (Monterey jack - sharp cheddar - queso blanco - Asadero)
  • 1/3 cup mild green chiles
  • 6 Mi Rancho 100% corn tortillas
  • Avocado crema (avocado - milk - fresh garlic - salt - ascorbic acid)
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)



Prep and cook the potatoes

  • Cut the potatoes lengthwise into quarters, then cut the quarters into 1-inch pieces.
In a medium pot over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until hot but not smoking. Add the potatoes and enough water to cover, season generously with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cook until soft, 12 to 14 minutes.
While the potatoes cook, prepare the pickled carrots.


Pickle the carrots

  • Scrub or peel the carrots and trim off the tops; cut the carrots on the diagonal into ¼-inch-thick slices.
  • Peel the shallot; cut in half lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise.
In a small sauce pot, bring the carrot pickle brine to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the carrots, shallot, and as much Aleppo chile as you like. Cover and let stand, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the rest of the meal.


Prep the remaining ingredients

  • Rinse the pinto beans.
  • Cut away any core from the cabbage; thinly slice the cabbage.
  • Coarsely chop the cilantro.
  • Cut the lime into wedges.


Finish the potatoes

Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. Add the beans, Mexican cheese blend, and green chiles and season with salt and pepper. Using a masher or the back of a spoon, coarsely mash the potato mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.


Crisp the tortillas

In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 to 3 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Working in batches, add the tortillas and cook until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.



Transfer the tortillas to individual plates. Top with the potato mixture, cabbage, avocado crema, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and as much cayenne as you like. Serve with the pickled carrots and lime wedges.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 830, Protein: 23g, Total Fat: 41g, Monounsaturated Fat: 23g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Carbohydrates: 97mg, Fiber: 18g, Sugar: 27g, Added Sugars (Maple syrup): 12g, Sodium: 1190mg
Contains: milk

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