Smoky & Hot Four Chili Tostadas with Cool Queso Fresco


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Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 283 per serving
Percent from Fat: 31%
Cusine: Mexican
Course: Dinner
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Chile peppers

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Capsaicin breaks up mucous, relieving congestion.

Culinary Taste Tip

Queso fresco and queso anejo cheeses are mild Mexican cheeses found in many supermarkets.

Culinary Technique Tip

Poblanos may be blackened over an open flame one at a time rather than broiling.


2 large poblano chili peppers (about 8 ounces)
4 (7 inch) whole wheat flour tortillas
¾ teaspoon chipotle chili powder, divided
½ cup well-drained bottled roasted red and yellow bell pepper strips
1 (15 ounce) can fat free refried black beans
½ cup chipotle or jalapeno salsa, divided
1 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons roasted salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)*


Heat broiler. Place chili peppers on a foil-lined small baking sheet. Broil 2 inches from heat source until skin is blackened, about 5 minutes. Turn the peppers over and continue broiling 5 minutes to blacken the other sides. Wrap the peppers in the foil from the baking sheet or place in a paper bag and let stand 5 minutes.

Heat oven to 400°F. Place tortillas on a large baking sheet and coat both sides with cooking spray. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of the chili powder over tortillas. Bake 6 minutes. Turn; continue baking 6 to 7 minutes or until very crisp and golden brown.

Meanwhile, peel chili peppers, discarding skin. Discard stems and seeds and cut peppers into strips. Combine the strips with roasted bell pepper strips, remaining ¼ teaspoon chili powder and ¼ cup of the salsa in a medium bowl. Combine refried beans and remaining ¼ cup salsa in a small saucepan. Cook bean mixture over medium heat until hot, stirring once.

Place tortillas on serving plates. Spoon hot beans over tortillas and top with the vegetable mixture, cheese, cilantro and pepitas.


Queso anejo may replace the queso fresco cheese (see note below). Ancho chili powder, such as McCormick brand, may replace the chipotle chili powder.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): 7; Fat calories (kc): 63; Cholesterol (mg): 10; Trans fatty acids (g): 0; Saturated fat (g): 1.6; Polyunsaturated fat (g): 1; Monounsaturated fat (g): 0.8; Fiber (g): 7.3; Carbohydrates (g): 40; Sugar (g): 3; Protein (g): 13; Sodium (mg): 608; Calcium (mg) 193.

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