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Tostadas With Hearts Of Palm And Refried Beans 

Cooking canned hearts of palm recipes
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Making these vegan tostadas was the first time I ever tried cooking hearts of palm. I don’t know what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a distinct and unique flavor that is kind of mild, delicate, and slightly sweet. Similar to artichoke hearts or white asparagus. The texture is tender and slightly crunchy, similar to a firm vegetable. When pan-fried with some taco seasoning and refried beans piled on top of crispy tostada shells, canned heart recipes are absolutely scrumptious! 

When eaten raw or lightly cooked, hearts of palm have a fresh and crisp quality to them. They have a subtle earthy and nutty undertone! I used canned hearts because they have a milder flavor compared to fresh ones- plus they’re easier to work with. This recipe is vegan as it is but you can also top with sour cream and shredded cheese if you like. 

Cooking canned hearts of palm recipes

What Is A Heart Of Palm? 

A heart of palm refers to the inner core or edible portion of certain palm trees. It is a cylindrical, ivory-colored vegetable that is harvested from the innermost part of the trunk of specific palm species. They get it out by carefully removing the tender, tightly-packed layers or “scales” from the center of the palm tree trunk. These layers are typically cut into sections and processed.

The harvested hearts of palm can be consumed fresh, but they are also commonly found canned or jarred, making them more accessible for everyone! Cooking canned hearts of palm has gained popularity recently and are often used in salads, appetizers, stir-fries, and various other dishes.

Cooking canned hearts of palm recipes

Are They Healthy?

Hearts of palm, even the canned ones, are considered a nutritious vegetable, because they are low in calories and fat while rich in fiber, potassium, and other essential nutrients. That’s why this tostada recipe is super nutritious as well as tasty. 

Cooking Tips For Cooking Hearts Of Palm

Vegan Mexican Food Tostadas

Use small tortillas if you’re going to make your own tostada shells. I just used a little olive oil and the skillet and fried up some small low carb tortillas for a minute or two per side.

Spray the skillet with nonstick cooking spray before searing the hearts of palm. They will develop a nice little crust. 

What Do You Need?

Cooking canned hearts of palm recipes
  • canned hearts of palm, drained and rinsed
  • olive oil
  • taco seasoning mix 
  • tostada shells
  • refried beans
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced red onion
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Vegan sour cream or cashew cream (optional), for serving


How Do You Make Them?

Vegan Mexican Food Tostadas
  1. Remove the hearts of palm from the can, drain, and pat them dry with paper towels
  2. Slice the hearts of palm into thin rounds, resembling the texture of shredded chicken or pulled pork.
  3. In a bowl, combine the hearts of palm slices with a drizzle of olive oil and the seasoning packet and toss.
  4. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the skillet and let it heat up for a minute or two.
  5. Carefully place the seasoned hearts of palm slices in a single layer in the hot skillet. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  6. Allow the hearts of palm to cook undisturbed for about 3-4 minutes on one side until they develop a golden-brown crust.
  7. Using a spatula, flip the hearts of palm slices over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side. This will ensure they are evenly cooked and crispy.
  8. Remove the pan-fried hearts of palm from the skillet and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels. This will help absorb any excess oil.
  9. Repeat the process with the remaining batches until all the hearts of palm are pan-fried.
  10. Heat your refried beans in the pan and any garnishes you want like jalapeños. 
  11. Serve up canned hearts of palm recipes!
Cooking canned hearts of palm recipes

Hearts Of Palm Tostadas

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Cooking hearts of palm tostadas are so quick and easy! Especially with these simple ingredients. It’s the most delicious way to make plant based meals! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 Tostadas

Equipment

  • A knife
  • A Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can 14 ounces hearts of palm, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 6 tostada shells
  • 1 cup refried beans vegan
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • Vegan sour cream or cashew cream optional, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Remove the hearts of palm from the can, drain, and pat them dry with paper towels
  • Slice the hearts of palm into thin rounds, resembling the texture of shredded chicken or pulled pork.
  • In a bowl, combine the hearts of palm slices with a drizzle of olive oil and the seasoning packet and toss.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to the skillet and let it heat up for a minute or two.
  • Carefully place the seasoned hearts of palm slices in a single layer in the hot skillet. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  • Allow the hearts of palm to cook undisturbed for about 3-4 minutes on one side until they develop a golden-brown crust.
  • Using a spatula, flip the hearts of palm slices over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side. This will ensure they are evenly cooked and crispy.
  • Remove the pan-fried hearts of palm from the skillet and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels. This will help absorb any excess oil.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining batches until all the hearts of palm are pan-fried.
  • Heat your refried beans in the pan and any garnishes you want like jalapeños.

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Keyword hearts of palm, mexican food, plant based, vegan

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Storage Tips & Hacks 

In order to store your canned hearts of palm recipes- separate the tostada filling from the shell, allow the hearts to rest to room temperature. Then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days maximum. 

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