Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tomato Desperados

Tomato Desperados

A few months ago I shared with you my recipe for Zucchini Desperados (please click on the green title to view).  The Wikipedia meaning of "Desperado" is "a reckless or desperate person."  The same thing happens with tomatoes - I become desperate to find ways to use my homegrown tomatoes.  Instead of just letting them rott on the vine for future Tomato Throwing Wars I decided to create these "Tomato Desperados." 

3 tortilla shells
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
pepper to taste

Cut the tortilla shells into quarters (see picture above)(this makes a total of 12 quarters). Place each quarter in a muffin tin. Combine the melted butter, olive oil & herbs and then brush a thin layer on the inside of each shell that has already been placed in the muffin tin.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool before filling.

1 package cream cheese (room temperature)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon hot red chili pepper (ground) (I use Indian chili pepper)
1 small onion (peeled and finely chopped)
1 carrot (peeled & shredded)

Prepare the ingredients as listed above. With an electric mixer - combine all ingredients until blended.

4 or 5 tomatoes (washed & cut into thick rounds)
Cut the tomatoes. Now the "Desperados" are ready to be filled. First spread some of the filling (about 2 tablespoons worth) and then place a slice of tomato on the filling and finally top with a fresh sprig of cilantro, basil or parsley.

Serve immediately & ENJOY!!
(refrigerate any remaining "Desperados") 


  1. Looks delicious and after reading the recipe, sounds even more delicious!


  2. Those would make great appetizers! Love the colors.

  3. Sounds yummy. Love the name you gave the recipe. Guess tomatoes and zucchini have prolific production in common. :D

  4. Hello! Just stopping by from flock together tuesday blog hop! I am now a follower! Would love to have you stop by!


  5. I've never thought of using cupcake tins for tortilla shapers. How creative! Found you through Vintage Cobwebs.

  6. Looks delicious! Am following you back, thanks for popping by my blog!


  7. Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog, thank you also for following - I've just followed back.
    Your tomato desperados look good enough to eat! I'm hungry now, must go and look for a snack.

  8. I'm not a big tomato lover, but these look yummy. I'll pass this recipe on to my sister, she loves them.

  9. Okay your food recipes and photos look plain delicious!!! I'm following your blog now :)

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  10. Those are so cute! What a fun appetizer.

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!


  11. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  12. They look good! Thanks for linking-up at A Humble Bumble :)

  13. What a great name for this dish... really fun to make these for a party. Thanks for sharing your tomatoes on foodie friday.

  14. Hi Angie,
    Great recipe. It looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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