WHAT YOU NEED

Kung Pao Beef ingredients:

  • 200 grams medium Ontario ground beef
  • 1 tbsp Asian chili oil
  • 1 tbsp of Sweet Chili Sauce
  • ½ tbsp tamari (gluten-free) or regular soya sauce
  • ½ tsp Ontario honey
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season


Tomato Salsa ingredients:

  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 2 stalks cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Crema ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 fresh lime, for juicing
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Topping and garnish ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Ontario medium cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, hand torn
  • 1 whole lime, cut in wedges
  • 6 x 5” corn tortillas
  • 2 ½ cups canola oil

Method

  • Place ground beef in marinating bowl, add all kung pao marinade ingredients, and mix thoroughly. For best results, cover and marinate overnight.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the crema by folding sour cream with juice of half lime. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate.
  • In a small pot on high heat, add 2 ½ cups canola oil and fry tortillas until crisp and golden brown. Lay on lined pan to drain and salt. This step can be done in advance.
  • Dice tomatoes, removing seeds and excess tomato liquid. Add onions and cilantro with tomatoes in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add oil, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.
  • Peel and pit avocado, cutting into 12-16 thin, even slices.
  • Heat saucepan to medium high. When heated, add 1 tsp canola oil to the pan, heat, and add marinated beef to the pan. Slowly cook for 8-9 minutes or until the ground beef is fully cooked and sauce is slightly reduced. Turn off heat and leave pan on residual heat.
 

Building the Tostada

  • On fried tortilla, layer 3-4 slices of avocado. Next, add 2 fairly-sized spoonfuls of kung pao beef and top with an even amount of shredded cheese.
  • Add salsa, serving with a slotted spoon to reduce moisture, and garnish with cilantro sprigs.
  • Drizzle tostadas with lime crema and serve with fresh lime wedge.

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