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Vulture Mine Tostadas


This is my own creation. I named it for a mine near Wickenburg right here in Arizona. I've been making it for a number of years. It's a good cooler weather dinner. Instead of making the chili as instructed, you can use your favorite chili and prepare the potatoes portion of the recipe, serving your chili over the mashed potatoes.



  1. Brown ground beef and onion, draining fat. Add pinto beans and tomato sauce, cooking for 15 minutes.
  2. Combine chili powder, flour, water and a little salt; blend this paste into previous mixture. Cook for 45 minutes over low heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare mashed potatoes with butter, milk and black pepper, adding only enough milk to ensure rather stiff mashed potatoes.
  4. To serve, spread mashed potatoes in dinner plate to resemble a 2-inch thick tostada (with a rim around the outer edge). Spoon chili into depression and top with lettuce, onion and cheese.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Yield: 4 large tostadas

From the kitchen of Linda Ann Jolly.

From the Family Recipes Collection of Linda Ann Jolly and Lisa Marie Stephens.


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