Cancel your dinner plans for today because it’s National Hummus Day and you need to celebrate with these Barbecue Chicken and Corn Tostadas drizzled with a homemade jalapeno ranch dressing. Tostadas are oven baked, not fried.
Happy National Hummus Day! Are you familiar with hummus? It’s becoming more and more popular, but there are still people out there who’ve never heard of it. It is a Middle Eastern spread made from ground chickpeas blended with tahini (sesame paste), olive oil, lemon juice, and a few other ingredients. Most people eat it as a dip with pita chips or vegetables, but hummus is a very versatile ingredient and can be used in everyday recipes, including a spread on some makeshift pizzas. As much as I enjoy cooking from scratch, pizza is the one meal I often cheat with and buy a frozen pizza or two to use as an “emergency dinner” for those days where I’m running behind on my work schedule and find myself still shooting my banana cake at 4:00 PM when I really should be prepping dinner or I’m out running errands all day on a Saturday and don’t have the energy to do anything other than plop down on the couch and finish watching 30 Rock. Even if I do have the time and energy, homemade pizza dough takes about 1-2 hours to prep because it has to rest and rise before you can use it. That’d be fine to make on a relaxing Sunday afternoon, but that doesn’t help me out during the week. Thank goodness the Mexicans invented tostadas.
Tostadas are toasted corn tortillas covered with a variety of toppings. I like to think of them as a lazy (wo)man’s pizza because all you do is bake store-bought corn torillas in the oven for 8 minutes then add your favorite toppings, much like a traditional pizza but without waiting for dough to rise. Although tostadas are typically Mexican, you can top them with practically anything you want. Take these Barbecue Chicken and Corn Tostadas with jalapeno ranch dressing for example. They are probably more American than Mexican, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious. I spooned some hummus onto a tortilla, topped it with chicken breast, red onion, corn, cilantro, and barbecue sauce then drizzled with a homemade jalapeno ranch dressing you can easily make in the blender (although mine was more spooned on than drizzled because my squeeze bottle exploded. Well, tostadas are meant to be messy, right?).