A healthier way to make tostadas and better tasting. The simple secret to making crispy tostadas is baking the corn tortillas instead of frying.

Lela
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Simple Beef Mixture:
Tostada Shells:
Beans:
Garnishes:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Mix garlic salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and black pepper together in a small bowl.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, onion, and garlic in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Keep warm while preparing tostada shells.

  • Brush oil over both sides of tortillas and arrange on a baking sheet.

  • Bake tortillas in preheated oven until crisped on top, about 5 minutes. Flip tortillas and continue baking until other side crisps, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  • Heat refried beans in a saucepan over medium-low, stirring regularly until hot, about 5 minutes (see Cook's Note).

  • Divide refried beans between tostadas and spread over one side of each; spoon ground beef mixture over the beans. Top each tostada with lettuce, Cheddar cheese, and diced tomato.

Cook's Notes:

Additional garnishes for tostadas can include salsa, sour cream, guacamole, black olives, and Mexican-blend shredded cheese.

For fewer calories, omit the beef topping. Try cooked shredded chicken to make chicken tostadas.

If you like your ground beef a bit more spicy, add to the seasoning mix: 1 teaspoon chili powder (such as New Mexico powdered Chimayo), 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (such as Lawry's(R), 1/4 teaspoon low-sodium beef bouillon granules, 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon sugar.

You can use your own refried beans in this recipe, or use a can of your favorite brand.

Nutrition Facts

743.3 calories; 40.1 g protein; 56.1 g carbohydrates; 119.9 mg cholesterol; 1229.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2017
This is my recipe and there is an error on the beans. It should read 2 cups of refried beans you make yourself (or 16 oz. can of refried beans.) However the published version does not state you can cook your own beans. We love to make our own homemade beans then mash into refried beans for tostadas. Also some corn tortillas labeled as soft don't seem to crisp up in the oven. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2015
Crispy Oven Beef & Bean Tostadas Haiku: "Well I liked the beans but they were just from a can. Could be simplified." I followed the recipe submitter's notes for "if you like your ground beef a bit more spicy" and truthfully found that all of the seasoning didn't do a whole lot for us and that we had to add alot of salsa and hot sauce (along w/ typical garnishes of lettuce tomatoes and cheese) for more flavor. I think AR's Bill Echol's taco seasoning blend or a traditional packet would've been much more flavorful. Tostadas were just fine but to me they're just the vessel for getting food from plate to my mouth and I would've been OK w/ a box of taco shells. I will say that I've never schmeared refried beans on b4 adding taco meat so that was the most positive aspect that I will take (and recreate) from this recipe; yummy layer of refried beans squishing under the weight of the other ingredients was super thanks!:-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2015
Crispy Oven Beef & Bean Tostadas Haiku: "Well I liked the beans but they were just from a can. Could be simplified." I followed the recipe submitter's notes for "if you like your ground beef a bit more spicy" and truthfully found that all of the seasoning didn't do a whole lot for us and that we had to add alot of salsa and hot sauce (along w/ typical garnishes of lettuce tomatoes and cheese) for more flavor. I think AR's Bill Echol's taco seasoning blend or a traditional packet would've been much more flavorful. Tostadas were just fine but to me they're just the vessel for getting food from plate to my mouth and I would've been OK w/ a box of taco shells. I will say that I've never schmeared refried beans on b4 adding taco meat so that was the most positive aspect that I will take (and recreate) from this recipe; yummy layer of refried beans squishing under the weight of the other ingredients was super thanks!:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2017
This is my recipe and there is an error on the beans. It should read 2 cups of refried beans you make yourself (or 16 oz. can of refried beans.) However the published version does not state you can cook your own beans. We love to make our own homemade beans then mash into refried beans for tostadas. Also some corn tortillas labeled as soft don't seem to crisp up in the oven. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2016
Warning: These tostadas will spoil you. Try one and you can't stop eating them. I used the spicy mix for the meat and it was very nice. I used handmade tortillas and homemade refried beans. These are perfect for buffet style lunches so everyone can build their own tostada but using the beans as "glue" for all the other ingredients is genius. Once you try these you won't accept restaurant tostadas ever again! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2018
Wondering what you do with the bowl of garlic salt, onion powder, garlic powder and cumin? Does not say what to do with it. I spiced it up a bit with jalapeno chunks, chipotle pepper and sliced avocado. Read More
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