This is a very lazy post, so beware! I was cooking during the week for a party of friends who will come over for Sunday and sneaked a bit of the Cochinita Pibil I cooked for our lunch. I normally cook 2 kilos of cochinita, then portion it and freeze it. This time I took a bowl of it and made this delicious Pork Pibil Tostadas which served two purposes: it fed us and provided the recipe for this post.
Cochinita Pibil is one of the easiest dishes to cook in my repertoire, check out the recipe which I have blogged before here. Apart from that, you might need to read a related recipe about Tostadas, which are my guilty pleasure. This time I made my tostadas with the corn tortillas we sell in the shop, since they are thicker, it takes a little longer to make, but they are more satisfying and exquisite in flavour. Enjoy!
Making your Tostadas:
Start by heating the oil in a shallow non-stick pan till it's very hot. While oil heats, line a large plate with a couple of kitchen paper towels. This will help absorb any excess oil the tostadas may have.
Gently drop one of the corn tortillas into the oil aided by an egg lifter and a fork; keep it flat with the egg lifter until the tortilla feels crispy, then turn it carefully to fry the other side. Once it's golden brown and crispy, take it out of the oil, shake any excess oil and place it to rest on the lined plate you prepare early. Repeat this step until all your tortillas have been fried. Set them aside.
Sorting Your Tostadas' Toppings:
Heat your cochinita pibil and the beans (I used the microwave) and put them on the table together with the rest of the ingredients for your tostada toppings and the tostadas. Grab a tostada, spread a spoonful of warm refried beans on top; follow by adding some juicy cochinita pibil over the beans and top it with lettuce, tomato and onion. Crown it all with a generous spoonful of salsa.
It's now a case of calling the gang to the table and get them to make their own! I've made a vine video to show you our feast. I'm still figuring out how to embed it in here, so follow the link to watch it! Tostadas Feast.
This is a great party food, everything can be made in advance and just heated at the last minute. Tostadas can be made a day or two in advance providing you store them in an airtight container in a dry, cool place away from the sun. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!