After you stop shaking your head at the thought of a Spam tostados, give it a chance. I purchased a pack of Spam from Costco so I could get all kinds of creative with the stuff. Besides the usual, musubi, Hawaiian breakfast, and of course the infamous Spamburger I wanted to branch out a bit. Not only could you use this meat for tostados but you could use it in tacos, nachos, you get the theme, right?
For the Recipe:
1 tbsp., plus enough to fry tortillas, canola oil
1 can of Spam, grated (pop the can in the refrigerator to chill it a bit, makes it easier to handle when you grate
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. pasillo chile powder (you can easily substitute another chile powder, but be mindful of salt content)
salt to taste, you more than likely won’t need any added salt, but taste to make sure it’s to your liking
6 corn tortillas (I used the small 4″ but you could easily use whatever type you prefer)
- lettuce, shredded
- tomatoes, diced
- cheese, shredded
- cilantro, chopped
- whatever you want to top your tostados
Prepare the toppings and set aside. Heat oil in a frying pan, add grated Spam. Next sprinkle all the spices over the meat, stir well.
You can either heat the Spam until warm or you can do as I did and let it get nice and browned, it will crisp up almost like bacon if you let it. If you are a multi-tasker, you can heat the oil to fry the tortillas while you are cooking the Spam, if not it won’t take too terribly long and you can just put the meat on low to keep warm. Once the oil has reached 350 degrees, carefully put tortillas in to fry. Do not overcrowd your pan. Heat on each side for roughly 1 1/2 minutes, or until lightly brown and crisp. Place on paper towels to soak up extra oil. Time to assemble and enjoy!