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How to Crisp Up a Tortilla

Hey hey hey!  Who had a super busy day today?  Me, me, me!!!  I almost started researching local restaurants towards the end of the day, so that I could pick up dinner on my way home.  I stopped myself when I thought of all the [random] ingredients I had at home, and I decided to put a little faith in my creative cooking skills (ha!).  Well, I’m happy to report that my home cooked dinner was delicious.  I don’t really know what to call this meal, so for now I’ll just refer to it as the crispy tortilla bowl.  All I did was break a crispy tortilla into pieces and top it with red kidney beans, salsa, reduced fat Mexican blend cheese, veggie bacon, and chili powder. 

Now you may be wondering what the heck a crispy tortilla is, so first, let me show you…

I absolutely love homemade tostadas and Mexican pizzas, but I hate the oiliness of deep fried or even pan fried tortillas.  If you’re like me, I have a special trick for you!  All you need to crisp up your favorite tortillas are two sheets of paper towels (per tortilla) and a microwave.  Just place the tortilla between the two paper towels, ensure that it’s completely flat, and microwave for 30 seconds.  Then flip it over and zap it for another 30 seconds.  I usually have to flip and zap about three or four times before my tortillas get crispy, but it really depends on your microwave.  Keep an eye on it and remember, the tortilla will continue to crisp up as it cools.  Pretty neat huh?!  No extra oil needed!  I love this trick!  And the tortilla crisp tastes great – very cracker like. 

Dinner really was as simple to make as I described it.  The only things I needed to prepare beforehand were the tortilla and the bacon, which I just cooked up on the stovetop.  Before I topped my bowl with the bacon and chili powder, I microwaved it for about 1.5 minutes to melt the cheese.  Here are a few pictures of tonight’s dinner…YUM!

All layered up!

All mixed up!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?  If I had to pick, Indian and Mexican would definitely be the top two!