These tostadas are healthy, filling and come together SO quickly. It's a perfect speedy meal made from ingredients you can easily keep on hand!
Am I allowed to call something this simple a recipe?
Please say yes! Because it's really yummy, easy, and something I legitimately make on a very regular basis.
A tostada is pretty much just a flat taco, and we know everyone is kind of obsessed with tacos. The world rejoiced when iOS 9.1 added the taco emoji.
The beauty of flattening out the taco is that you can load it up with even MORE delicious toppings like smoky refried beans, luscious cheese, crisp & fresh lettuce, tomato & onion, creamy avocado and cool salsa.
This is one of those meals that I can make at the drop of a hat, because all of the ingredients are things I typically have on hand. I can't tell you how many times this has been an, "oh crap I didn't meal plan or go to the grocery store and we're hungry like NOW," kind of dinner.
But the best part is that you'll love yourself for having this awesome recipe in your arsenal because it is SO GOOD!
It's also really customizable too. Want to keep it dairy-free? Leave off the cheese and sour cream! Don't like tomatoes? Skip 'em! Only have cheddar cheese in the fridge? Use that instead! The world is your oyster! Or rather...the world is your tostada!
Yummy noises await you!
- 4 tostada shells
- 1 16 oz. can refried beans
- 1 cup shredded lettuce (iceberg, romaine, or green leaf work great)
- 1/2 cup fresh tomato, chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1/4 cup cheese, crumbled/shredded* (queso fresco, cheddar, pepper jack, & colby jack work great)
- 1/4 cup sour cream*
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the refried beans, stirring occasionally, until warmed throughout - about 90 seconds.
Use the backside of a spoon to gently spread 1/4 of the warm refried beans on each tostada shell. Divide remaining toppings evenly among the 4 tostadas. Serve immediately.
*Omit the cheese/sour cream to keep it dairy-free.
This recipe is VERY customizable! Feel free to swap out the type of onion or cheese, or add or omit any toppings you like or don't like!
Prep these right before you eat them. If you aren't eating all 4 right away, keep the leftover tostada shells, beans, and veggies stored separately or they will get soggy.