Thanks to the great folks at Herdez for making this post possible. As always, my comments, opinions, and love for sharing traditions are my own.
In Mexico, Children's Day (Día del Niño) is always April 30th. That's why, as you might expect, the date brings back fond memories from my childhood. The festivals, games, and parades on Children's Day were spectacular, of course. But, most of all, the time, attention and love my mom and others gave to the celebrations, from the decor, to the costumes, to the food, always made for an exceptionally fun-filled day.
Each year, my mom and abuelita would prepare easy, kid-friendly Mexican dishes for the festival. If I close my eyes and think of it, it feels like I'm there helping them. For me, being with them in the kitchen was more than simply preparing food to eat. It was a way of passing on traditions, a type of storytelling. And it is because of this that I want my kids to have the same experience.
My oldest is about the age I was when I started learning to cook, and my 8 year old is showing interest in cooking, too. That's why I thought this month would be the perfect time to teach them something new. Since I want the kids to take part preparing a meal, I decided to start with something kid-friendly, wholesome and extremely easy to make together: Ham tostadas.
There are very few dishes easier to assemble than tostadas. And by just layering a few flavors, you can always create something different. The simplest way to add variety is to have different types of salsas, so every member of the family can choose what they like. And to save time and keep things simple without sacrificing authentic Mexican flavor, I went to the store and got a couple of HERDEZ® salsas: salsa casera and salsa verde.
Oh, and one last thing before I get to the ingredients. I want you to know that below you can find out how to participate for a chance to win some fun prizes this season from HERDEZ®.
- 8 tostadas (these are baked or fried tortillas that you can find at your local market)
- 1 cup refried beans
- 1 iceberg lettuce, washed and sliced
- 1-2 tomatoes, sliced
- 12-20 deli ham slices (you can also use leftover spiral ham)
- 2 avocados
- 1 queso fresco
- 1-16 oz bottle salsa roja casera HERDEZ®
- 1-16oz bottle salsa verde HERDEZ®
Assembling the tostadas couldn't be easier. Your kids will be able to do most of the work.
Get all the ingredients together for them and then show them how to layer the ingredients: refried beans, lettuce, tomato, ham, avocado, queso fresco, and top with your favorite salsa.
It's that easy, my kids enjoyed creating their own tostadas.
Now let me tell you what HERDEZ® is doing to celebrate this Día del Niño: It's called the “Celebrate Your Chef Giveaway” and you can find out about it on the HERDEZ® Brand Facebook and Instagram social channels. Find out how you can enter for a chance to win one of the following prizes:
- Grand Prize: 2 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $1000
- 2nd Place: 1 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $300
- 3rd Place: Child cooking gift basket
- Weekly prizes/honorable mentions
What do you think?
Please make sure to click here to read all the details about this fun giveaway. Just to be clear, this is not a Mama Latina Tips giveaway, I just wanted to share the information with you so you could check it out yourself. If you are one of the lucky winners, please come back and let me know all about it!
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