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



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


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

  • 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 calories; protein 40.1g; carbohydrates 56.1g; fat 40.7g; cholesterol 119.9mg; sodium 1229.4mg. Full Nutrition