This makes quite a bit and is great if you are serving a crowd. If you have leftovers they can be thrown in the freezer and reheated for another time.
Tostadas1-1/2 pounds boneless beef round steak -You can also use Pork Butt or Goat Roast. *
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup lime juice
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder (or a combination of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 packaged tostada or hard taco shells
Refried beans (see recipe)
Cooked Onions and Peppers (see note below)
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Shredded Mexican-blend cheese or Chihuahua Cheese
Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. Place 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, the garlic, jalapeño, onion, chili powder, cumin and cayenne in a slow cooker. Place meat on top and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
Remove beef to a cutting board and when cool enough to handle, shred with fingers or using two forks. Place shredded beef in a large bowl. Strain remaining liquid in slow cooker over a bowl or measuring cup, discarding solids. Add strained liquid and remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice to beef in bowl and stir to combine. Cover; keep warm.
For onions and peppers, cook in a little bit of oil with the same seasoning as your beef. I let them caramelize a little then add water a little bit at a time until they are soft. That is the way we prefer them. If you like them crunchy then don't cook them as long. We like to add red pepper, not only for color but for a little added sweetness.
Warm tostada shells in the oven. 200 degrees for about 5 minutes. Spread beans, then layer the rest of the toppings on top.
*If you double your meat and crock ingredients you will have some to freeze for later! Also good with BBQ sauce added to it for BBQ pork sandwiches.