Hola amigos! Today we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage month and we are kicking off our festivities with a blog hop by members of the Multicultural Kid Blogs. To share with you how much I enjoy my Hispanic Heritage, I thought I’d share with you a recipe I learned from my Mexican mama while visiting my parents in their home in California last month.
These were possibly the best tostadas I have ever eaten. So good! So of course, I did a little investigating to figure out how my mom makes them so delicious. And I did learn a secret or two that I’ll share with you below. But probably the most important secret is that my mama always cooks with amor!
No matter how many people she’s cooking for, my mom always does it with her whole heart. Her cooking abounds with generosity and love and it shows! Is this typical of other Hispanic mamas and cooks? I don’t know but it’s one of the things that I (and my friends!) remember most about my mom while I was growing up and it continues to be something I look forward to when I go back home for a visit. And naturally, it’s something I seek to emulate in my own home. And guess what? It’s one of the first things my children told me they missed while I was gone for two weeks this summer! Mexican food is definitely on our menus (more than once) this week!
But now, how about that tostada recipe? 😉 Here it is!
Refried beans crunchy tostadas
- Pre-made tostadas (if you can’t get them where you live you can either make your own with Maseca or serve your toppings over a layer of tortilla chips)
- Refried beans (here’s my recipe for refried beans that can be made with either black or pinto beans)
- Other protein rich toppings might include carne asada (grilled meat), chicken or shrimps.
- Finely chopped iceberg lettuce
- Slices of avocado
- Diced tomatoes
- Coarsely chopped cilantro
- Finely chopped onions soaked in lemon juice. This breaks down the strong flavor of the onions and also adds an extra tanginess that blends so beautifully with the rest of the ingredients.
- Crema fresca mexicana – rather than using sour cream, use this rich, buttery liquid cream or just fresh cream. I promise you, this makes a huge difference!
- Queso fresco – this is fresh Mexican cheese – mellow, mild and buttery. Its crumbly texture and saltiness will add an incredible dimension that is just delectable! But…. if you can’t get queso fresco wherever you live, I’m thinking fresh goat cheese or feta might work well too.
- Tapatio hot sauce! The perfect spicy Mexican touch.
Set out tostadas and individual toppings so that each person can build his or her own tostada according to personal preference. Start by spreading the refried beans over the tostada and then add toppings to your heart’s content.
As a beverage to accompany our hearty tostadas, my mom blended cucumbers and lemon juice with a little sugar and ice. For dessert she served fresh mangoes. Needless to say I went to bed full and happy. And happy to be part Mexican! I am grateful for my Hispanic heritage especially when I get to eat it!
And I’m pretty sure all these kiddos (and adults!) are grateful for their Mexican heritage as well! Especially my darling niece Alannah caught licking her fingers! What a feast!
How do you share your heritage (Hispanic or other) with your kids? Please share and please participate in this beautiful celebration with lots of exciting prizes to win. See all the details below! Make sure you scroll clear to the bottom for the contest entries!
Welcome to the Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop, hosted this year by Multicultural Kid Blogs and 22 of our member blogs! Don’t miss our amazing giveaway, and share your own posts at our linky!
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, “celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America” (from HispanicHeritageMonth.gov)
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Don’t miss our Twitter party “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Kids,” Tuesday, September 23, from 9 – 10 pm ET! Follow #mkbhhm to participate!
MKB Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop: Participating Blogs
Hispanic Heritage Month GIVEAWAY!
This year to celebrate we are giving away fabulous prizes! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post for a chance to win!
Please note that there are shipping restrictions on some prizes. In the event that the winner lives outside of the shipping area, that portion of the prize will be added to the following prize package.
Grand Prize Package
Smart Play Pad (SRP $ 24.99): Interactive tablet like electronic toy makes early learning fun and exciting for little ones. More than 30 touch sensitive keys teach language and pronunciation skills to help prepare children for school. Bilingual feature helps kids learn in English & Spanish. Lightweight and truly portable for on-the-go learning. Ships to US and Canada only.
A basket of fun from Escuela Falcón in Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico. This prize includes educational games, ceramic Day of the Dead skulls, a hand-painted ceramic box, wooden toys, and a certificate for 5 hours of Skype Spanish lessons with Escuela Falcón.
A basket from Lanugo that includes Lanugo’s new book, “Lula la Consentida,” a limited edition “Latino de Corazón” infant apparel, and Seventh Generation’s earth conscious baby product essentials. US shipping only.
A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.
DVD of Spanish music videos from Rockalingua.
First Prize Package
A child’s sweater and bag from Peru courtesy of Kid World Citizen. The handmade, wool sweater is typical from the Andes and might fit a child ages 2-4. The little backpack is also handmade with gorgeous details typical of the region.
A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.
Chocolalala – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.
Hola Hello – A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.
Mis primeros poemas – A book of poems and audio CD for Spanish learners from All Bilingual Press.
Digital download of Spanish Colors Activities Pack with printable minibooks, games and activity pages from Mundo de Pepita.
Spanish activity book with an audio CD with listening exercises for kids between 3-10 years old (value: 12€) from Lingua Toys.
Hand-crafted guiro (traditional instrument), hand-carved from a gourd in Bolivia with a sun and moon pattern. Great instrument as well as a piece of folk art. From DARIAMUSIC. US shipping only.
Second Prize Package
Handwoven scarf from Nicaragua courtesy of Spanish Playground.
A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.
ABC Fiesta – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.
Digital download of 6 printable Spanish high frequency words books from Custom Literacy.
Hand woven and leather Guatemala coin purse, a fun and vibrant gift. Given by www.AlarconRestaurants.com – from their Gift Gallery in Antigua Real Restaurant, Mukwonago WI.
Bonus Prize: France Shipping Only!
Beautiful piñata created especially for this contest by Piñatas de Laly.
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Link Up Your Posts Now it’s your turn to share your posts! The linky will be open through October 15, so come back and share throughout Hispanic Heritage Month!