Crispy Oven Beef-and-Bean Tostadas


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

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 tostadas


Simple Beef Mixture:

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ pound ground beef

  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion, or more to taste

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Tostada Shells:

  • 6 corn tortillas

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • 2 cups refried beans


  • 2 cups shredded lettuce, or as desired

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 tomato, diced


  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(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 (per serving)

743 Calories
41g Fat
56g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 743
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 1229mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 14g 49%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 17mg 87%
Calcium 538mg 41%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 938mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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