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Crispy Oven Beef-and-Bean Tostadas

Rated as 4.29 out of 5 Stars

"A healthier way to make tostadas and better tasting. The simple secret to making crispy tostadas is baking the corn tortillas instead of frying."
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30 m servings 743
Original recipe yields 3 servings (6 tostadas)


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Mix garlic salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and black pepper together in a small bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Brush oil over both sides of tortillas and arrange on a baking sheet.
  5. 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.
  6. Heat refried beans in a saucepan over medium-low, stirring regularly until hot, about 5 minutes (see Cook's Note).
  7. 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®, 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

Per Serving: 743 calories; 40.7 56.1 40.1 120 1229 Full nutrition

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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...

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 yo...

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. Th...

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 slice...