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pinto bean tostadas recipe

Pinto Beans Tostadas Recipe

  • Author: Stephani Jenkins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 tostadas 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This is a delicious, budget-friendly, real food dinner. Perfect summer!


  • Avocado oil for frying
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 c. refried beans
  • 3 c. romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 c. tomato, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice (optional)
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella or crumbled queso fresco
  • 1 c. sour cream, Mexican crema, or creme fraiche
  • 1 c. salsa
  • Any other toppings of your choice: fresh cilantro, jalapenos, hot sauce, green onions, etc.


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  1. To fry the tortillas: Heat the oil in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Place a paper towel on a large baking sheet and put it next to the stove. When it’s hot, place 1-2 tortillas in the oil (depending on the size of your skillet; you don’t want the tortillas touching). Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the edges just barely start to turn golden, then use a pair of tongs to carefully flip them over. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until golden brown. Remove tortillas to the paper towel-cover baking sheet. Repeat until all tortillas are fried.
  2. To bake the tortillas: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the tortillas on the baking sheet and brush both sides of each tortilla with oil. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes, then use tongs to flip the tortillas and bake for another 4-5 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  3. Optional step: Macerate the onions. Place the red onion slices in a small bowl and cover them with lemon juice. Let them sit while you fry the tortillas and assemble the rest of the ingredients. This step helps cut some of the bite of the onion while increasing its flavor.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the beans on the stovetop and set out the rest of the ingredients. When the tortillas are done, let them cool slightly, then assemble the tostadas.
  5. To assemble a tostada, spread a thin layer of refried beans over the top of the fried tortilla. Then sprinkle toppings on as desired: lettuce, tomato, onion, crema, cheese, etc. Tostadas are supposed to be messy! It’s part of the experience, so just pile it as high as you like and enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 1 tostada
  • Calories: 227
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 479g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg

Keywords: summer dinner, frugal dinner, budget-friendly

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