So yum. This summer I have probably eaten my body weight in tomatoes. I just can’t stop. I usually eat them with a drizzle of my fave extra virgin olive oil and some basil. Or with a little mozzarella in standard caprese form. But on my recent trip to Loreto, Mexico I found this sort of Mexican inspired caprese tostada on one of the buffets at Villa del Palmar Loreto. And I knew I had to recreate it at home. It is super easy and totally delicious. And probably has its own name but I don’t know what it is.
The shot above was from dinner one night at The Market Restaurant at Villa del Palmar. The ingredients were fresh, the cheese was a touch salty and the crunch of the tortilla added the perfect texture. Of course the tequila shot wasn’t bad either.
You could easily make your own tostada shells at home by frying your own tortillas. But I am clumsy and afraid of hot, angry oil so I bought them, ready-made, from the store. And these Mexican cheeses are pretty readily available in all of my markets so they shouldn’t be too hard to find. Then it’s just fresh cilantro and Roma tomatoes.
The cotija cheese is salty and the crema is tangy like sour cream. The fresh flavors of the tomato and cilantro are bold and wonderful. And who doesn’t love a giant tortilla chip? If this was a cooking show, now would be the time when I take a huge bite and then try to still have manners while talking with your mouth full and let out an exaggerated, “Mmmmmmmmmm.”
It would go perfect with a margarita. Just saying.
I just know you are going to love these. These are a great light snack or accompaniment to tacos, etc. I bet you could even add some scrambled eggs to it and make it a breakfast treat. Can’t wait to share my Mexican adventure with you soon!
- Pre-made tostada shell (or make your own with corn tortillas)
- 1 Roma tomato
- 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tbsp cotija cheese, crumbled
- 1 tsp Mexican crema
- Slice Roma tomatoes in to rounds.
- On top of the tostada shell, place tomato slices, cotija cheese and cilantro.
- Using a spoon, drizzle on some crema.
- Amounts listed above would make between 1-2 tostadas. Increase amounts to make more!