Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Easy Beefy Bean Tostadas

Sometimes, things just get away from us.

I mean with school starting, sports practices, games, tournaments, the girls going to and from their part-time jobs...

It can sometimes feel like your living in a whirling vortex that consists of laundry, food and car pooling.

So it's during these times that even a quickly made meal is better than wolfing down a cold piece of pizza or a bag of popcorn at a sports event concession stand.

These Tostadas are a snap to prepare especially if you have pre-cooked taco meat on hand or if you just go with the bean route it's even faster!!

Top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and drizzle with your favorite taco sauce or salsa. Our family loves a large dollop of sour cream as well.

Easy Beefy (or not) Bean Tostadas

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt & pepper
(or go easy on yourself and use a packet of taco seasoning in place of the seasonings!)
1/4 cup water
6-6" flour toritillas
1/4 cup oil
1 can refried black or pinto beans
Shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes
sliced black olives
shredded cheese
sour cream
taco sauce

  1. In  a large saute pan, brown and crumble ground beef. Add in seasonings and water and simmer for 8-10 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile heat the oil in another small shallow pan and quickly fry the tortillas. They may puff up, just push down slightly on the bubbles (it's part of the beauty of the crispness of the tostada!). Turning after 45-60 seconds per side and drain on a paper bag or towel line baking sheet. They should be lightly browned and will crisp up after cooling slightly.
  3. Heat the beans in a small microwavable bowl with a couple tablespoons of water in the microwave for 2-4 minutes stirring after 2 minutes. 
  4. Place a crisp tortilla on a plate and slather with beans, portion on some meat, sprinkle with cheese and top with lettuce, tomatoes, taco sauce or however you choose!

This recipe is shared on My Link Parties