Beef Tostadas with Fresh Orange and Chipotle Marinade

by katerina on April 20, 2011

Tostadas are like little Mexican pizzas, messy, fun to eat, and endlessly adaptable. This beef tostada recipe is all about the marinade on the flank steak. To celebrate the season of citrus, mix together this spicy orange and chipotle sauce — would be great on chicken too.

If you actually look at the calorie count of this recipe you will be pleasantly surprised, compared to pizza this is actually quite healthy — especially if you avoid frying the tortillas. Plus, if you have leftovers you can make a killer taco salad.

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Beef Tostadas with Fresh Orange and Chipotle Marinade

(6 tostadas)

1 orange
2 chipotle peppers, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely diced onion
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons olive oil
pepper and salt
8oz flank steak
olive oil spray (or non-stick)
6 small corn tortillas
Toppings: a few ideas - shredded lettuce, refried beans, grated jack cheese, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, thinly sliced red onions, pickled jalapenos, chopped avocado, cilantro

Zest & juice the orange. Combine with the chipotle pepper, brown sugar, olive oil and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Add flank steak to the marinade and let sit at room temperature for one hour to marinate.

Heat your grill to high and turn your oven on to 400F. Put a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and line it with your tortillas. Spray each side with oil and bake for approximately ten minutes or until crisp and just starting to brown. Flip halfway through.

Meanwhile grill your steak, to medium rare. While you are grilling dump the marinade on to the steak as you flip it. Covet loosely with foil and allow to cool for 8 minutes. Slice against the grain.

Form the tostadas by starting with refried beans and sour cream. Then layer on your lettuce and meat followed by tomatoes, onions, cheese and cilantro. Douse with hot sauce and jalapenos if desired. Eat warm.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time:80 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 250

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Shellina April 20, 2011 at 9:40 am

This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. :)


katerina April 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

Shellina – let me know if you do! The marinade for just the steak on it’s own would be good too I think.


CouCou April 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

looks really good, and perfect in summer !
(i’ve never seen that you were displaying the calories per serving !)…


katerina April 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

CouCou – Just started. Trying to make the recipes marked up properly so that they will appear in Google better and in google recipe search. So far, my efforts mean very little.


Deborah April 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm

That marinade sounds divine!!


katerina April 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

Deborah – thanks!


Tessa April 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I am hungry looking at this right now. They look great!


Kalynskitchen April 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Your tostadas look delicious!


katerina April 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

Tessa & Kalyn – thanks let me know if you try them!


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