Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bean and Taco Meat Loaded Tostadas

This is a quick weeknight meal that I know everybody, including your kids, will love!  These tostadas can be topped with your favorites.  We like to set out all the toppings and make our own.  The taco meat is very flavorful, using a homemade taco seasoning and simmering until nice and thick.  I use fat free refried beans and bake the corn tortillas until nice and crispy.  Serve with some Mexican or Spanish Rice.


1 lb lean ground beef (93/7)
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cold water
1 T corn starch

Taco Seasoning:
1 T chili powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
pinch red pepper flakes

Corn tortillas
Cooking spray
1 can fat free refried beans

Toppings of choice:

Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Hot sauce/picante sauce
Guacamole/diced avocados
Pickled jalapenos

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place corn tortillas on a non-stick baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.  Sprinkle with kosher salt.  Bake for 8 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and crispy.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown ground beef until cooked through.  Add the onions and cook until tender.  Add the garlic and cook another minute.  Add the taco seasoning ingredients, and cook for another minute while stirring..

In a glass measuring cup, stir together 1 cup cold water with 1 T corn starch.  Add to the skillet and stir well.  Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.  Sauce will be nice and thick.

Meanwhile, heat the refried beans and prepare toppings.

Assemble your tostadas, layering refried beans, taco meat, then your favorite toppings.  


  1. What a delicious snack. Perfect for lunch. I would definitely enjoy this!

  2. This looks so yummy! I love Mexican food so I'll look forward to making this for my family!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Feed Me Tweet Me - I've followed your lovely blog. Hope to see you again next weekend - the linky is up every Friday :)

  3. I adore anything Mexican. they look just perfect

  4. Another delicious recipe! I am passing on the Stylish Blogger Award to you!


  6. I've so enjoyed your blog and I'm honored to award you with the Stylish Blogger Award. You can pick up your award on my blog. Enjoy, DG

  7. I just love your recipes Rondi. This is another I will be trying - in fact, I'm going to put it on my meal plan for next week because my husband will love it.

  8. Hi Rhondi,
    Looks like I'm not the only one passing the Stylish Blogger Award to you! Congratulations! Please do stop by to collect when you can! Thank you!

  9. These look great. We love mexican food at our house.

  10. That's my kind of Tostada, The kind you can't get your mouth around. Yummy!!


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