Forget Taco Bell's 50th anniversary, try homemade Mexican fast food: Tostilocos!
I've been known to indulge in a meal at Taco Bell every once in a while but I never really considered it Mexican food. If I want some fast food, I usually go for one of the other good Latin fast food restaurants.
But now on the 50th anniversary of Taco Bell, I'm thinking about making some delicious Mexican food at home instead. A new trend in Mexican fast food, coming straight out of Tijuana, is getting bigger and inspiring snack carts everywhere. The dish is called Tostilocos and it's simple and delicious.
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Tostilocos are basically a hybrid of nachos and the Frito Pie. Typically starting with a bag of Tostitos, vendors throw any ingredients in along with them and then serve them (usually spicy) to anyone who's read to indulge in them with a fork. They're sold all over Mexico and now American companies are getting in the game. But you can make your own version, too! One blogger made a delicious recipe she's calling "Totopazos" and you definitely want to try this one.
Totopazos, a.k.a. Tostilocos (recipe courtesy of The Mija Chronicles)
4.5 ounces thick-cut bacon (about 125 grams)
1 medium-sized mango
1/2 large cucumber (my grocery store only carries massive ones)
A bag of salted tortilla chips
Valentina hot sauce
About 1/2 cup of cacahuates Japoneses, or Japanese peanuts
1. If you happened to have bought beer to drink with this dish, chill it now.
2. Dice the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces and cook in a heavy-bottom skillet over medium-low heat, until it reaches the desired texture. (I like mine a little chewy.) Drain on paper towels, or a dish towel if you have given up paper towels to be Green. Set aside.
3. While bacon cooks, prepare fruit. Peel and dice mango, and peel and dice cucumber, if you're doing that. Set aside.
4. Arrange tortilla chips attractively in a bowl. (Or, alternately, just pour 'em in the bowl.) Cut lime in half, and squeeze over the top of the chips, making sure as many chips as possible get some lime juice. You may need to use the other lime, too, depending on how ripe it is.
5. Top lime-drenched chips with diced cucumber and mango. Drizzle with Valentina sauce, then bacon, and then Japanese peanuts. Take a chip and eat it when no one's looking. Ohhh. So good.
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Have you ever had Tostilocos? Will you be making this recipe at home?
Image via The Mija Chronicles