I was trolling around the internet a week ago and stumbled upon a fantastic site called Frugal Foodie Family where I found this recipe. Now mine may have not turned out as pretty as the ones on that site, but it was very tasty and cheap! And it’s vegetarian! Try it out, but make sure you leave yourself enough time to cook the lentils because they take a while!
So you’re going to need a few things for these tostadas, I changed a few things from the original recipe so you’ll notice some differences:
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 cup of brown lentils
- 2 teaspoons of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 2.5 cups of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped (seriously though, try half of a chile at first because this ended up being super hot)
- Goat cheese
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Oh and make sure you get tortillas. The amount of lentil paste I ended up having gave me enough for four tostadas.
So start out by sautéing the onions and garlic in a skillet. Use a large skillet so that you’ll be able to fit all of the chicken broth in it. Once the onions start to get soft, add in the lentils, oregano, and cumin, cook it for another minute, and then pour in all of the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover and simmer it until the lentils are soft. This took mine about 30 minutes.
Ok so while your lentils are cooking, put some tortillas on a baking sheet and toss them in the oven at 350 degrees. Pay attention though, I didn’t and mine almost burnt. And after my stove had already lit on fire while cooking the lentils, I really didn’t want any burning.
Once those are in the oven, mix the chopped chile and greek yogurt together in a bowl. Don’t add all of the chile at once or you may end up with sauce that is WAY too hot. I ended up adding some lime juice to cool it off but even then it was still really spicy.
So once your lentils are finished cooking, mash them up into a paste that sort of resembles refried beans. Pile it all on your tortillas and try it out! I used goat cheese, basil and tomatoes on mine, but salsa, lettuce, and other things would probably be really good. I didn’t think the lentils would be that good but I’m pretty sure I could eat these out of a bowl by themselves, they were real tasty! Oh and make sure you check out the Frugal Foodie Family site where I got this recipe, there is some fantastic stuff there.