Elote-Style Vegetable Tostadas with Zucchini, Poblano Pepper & Lime Rice

Elote-Style Vegetable Tostadas

with Zucchini, Poblano Pepper & Lime Rice

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This take on the beloved Latin American dish (whose name is a reference to the toasted tortillas at its base) features a trio of zucchini, poblano pepper, and onion tossed in a light, creamy dressing—inspired by the flavorful mix that tops Mexican street corn, or elote.

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Elote-Style Vegetable Tostadas with Zucchini, Poblano Pepper & Lime Rice
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  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • ½ cup Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 Tbsps Grated Cotija Cheese
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Zest the lime to get 2 teaspoons (if you don’t have a zester, use a peeler to remove the green rind of the lime, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind). Quarter the lime. Medium dice the zucchini. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Cut out and discard the stem, ribs, and seeds of the pepper; medium dice. Combine in a bowl. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling the pepper. 

Make the lime rice:
2 Make the lime rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in the lime zest and the juice of 2 lime wedges. Cover to keep warm.

Cook the zucchini:
3 Cook the zucchini:

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned; season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Transfer to a large bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Toast the tortillas:
4 Toast the tortillas:

Meanwhile, place the tortillas on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Turn to coat; arrange in an even layer. Toast in the oven 6 to 8 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Remove from the oven. 

Start the vegetables:
5 Start the vegetables:

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion and pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and softened. Add half the spice blend (you will have extra) and the chopped garlic (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil). Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined. Transfer to the bowl of cooked zucchini.

Finish the vegetables & serve your dish:
6 Finish the vegetables & serve your dish:

To the bowl of cooked vegetables, add the mayonnaise and the juice of the remaining lime wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Assemble the tostadas using the toasted tortillas, lime rice, and finished vegetables. Serve the tostadas garnished with the cheese. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Zest the lime to get 2 teaspoons (if you don’t have a zester, use a peeler to remove the green rind of the lime, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind). Quarter the lime. Medium dice the zucchini. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Cut out and discard the stem, ribs, and seeds of the pepper; medium dice. Combine in a bowl. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling the pepper. 

2 Make the lime rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in the lime zest and the juice of 2 lime wedges. Cover to keep warm.

Make the lime rice:
Cook the zucchini:
3 Cook the zucchini:

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned; season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Transfer to a large bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

4 Toast the tortillas:

Meanwhile, place the tortillas on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Turn to coat; arrange in an even layer. Toast in the oven 6 to 8 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Remove from the oven. 

Toast the tortillas:
Start the vegetables:
5 Start the vegetables:

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion and pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and softened. Add half the spice blend (you will have extra) and the chopped garlic (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil). Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined. Transfer to the bowl of cooked zucchini.

6 Finish the vegetables & serve your dish:

To the bowl of cooked vegetables, add the mayonnaise and the juice of the remaining lime wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Assemble the tostadas using the toasted tortillas, lime rice, and finished vegetables. Serve the tostadas garnished with the cheese. Enjoy!

Finish the vegetables & serve your dish: