10 Minute Homemade Tostada Shells

Everyone is familiar with the crispy fried deliciousness that is a tostada shells.  No one wants what is actually in the shell, but will simply eat it to have an excuse to eat that fried bowl.

Excuse me waiter, what is your special today?
Well ma'am, we have a cat poop salad...
Oh gross!
...that comes in a freshly made tostada shell...
Oh, I've heard enough, I'll have that.

We have a regional grocery store that makes these, but the store is about 45 minutes away, and they pack each shell in a giant plastic container.  So much waste.  Also, the shells are enormous, and therefore a ton of empty fried calories.  I wanted a shell that could be made at home, and didn't require a giant deep fryer.

Homemade Tostada Shells
-Flour tortillas
-3 tblsp water
-1 tblsp olive oil
-1 pint canning jar per tortilla

1) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2) Line a baking sheet with foil, and place your canning jars with the openings facing down on the sheet.

3) Place the oil and water in a shallow dish.

4) Dip each tortilla in the water and oil mixture, coating each side.

5) Place over the canning jar, and "mold" it around the best you can.  They won't stay perfect, but it's ok!

6) Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like your shell.

Top with your fixins' of choice.  We use shredded cabbage, black beans, grilled shrimp, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, and salsa.  You can use whatever you'd like, but I wouldn't recommend cat poop.

Oh, who am I kidding, it would be fine too.

I've shared this over at the Backyard Farming Connection.
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