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Beef and Black Bean Tostadas

Living in Texas there is no shortage of good Tex-Mex food.  In fact, if I can be totally honest, we eat more Tex-Mex than anything else.  There are just so many options in our area and I can’t turn down a good salsa.  But if you give me thick chips, I’m outta there.  I like the thin chips — with just a little salt.

We had an abundance of black beans in the pantry, so I decided to whip up a quick family favorite, Beef and Black Bean Tostadas!

beef and black bean tostada recipe

Although it’s summer and I’m not doing the normal running back and forth for school pick-ups and drop-offs, I feel like I still don’t have enough time in the day.  That’s why I like meals like this one that I can prepare in thirty minutes or less.

Beef and Black Bean Tostadas
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A great way to use up those cans of black beans in the pantry. This tostada recipe is quick and easy making it a perfect meal for busy families.
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6 (2 each)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (90/10)
  • 1 can (10 oz) Ro-Tel
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and dried
  • 1 can (16 oz) refried beans
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • pinch or two of cayenne pepper
  • 12 tostada shells
  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add Ro-Tel and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 7 minutes or until liquid has been reduced to 2 tablespoons. Add black beans and stir until heated through.
  3. In a saucepan, heat refried beans until heated through. Spread refried beans over tostada shells. Top with beef mixture and serve with your choice of toppings. (I choose cheese and salsa.)
Optional toppings can include: shredded lettuce, sour cream, black olives, etc.

We do a make-your-own-tostada bar sometimes and the children really seem to enjoy creating their own.  It’s simple, it’s fun and it makes the children feel as though they made their meal…and we all know that when children feel ownership of something, they are more likely to take part.  Not that they needed coaxing with the Beef & Black Bean Tostadas but I do use this method if I feel I may have problems getting one or all them to eat.

beef and black bean tostada recipe

If you are looking for a quick and easy recipe for those busy nights ahead, this Beef & Black Bean Tostada recipe should help you out in a bind.  And it doesn’t hurt that it’s absolutely scrumptious.

Are you a fan of Tex-Mex? What’s your favorite dish?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I love Mexican food! I’m not sure what my favorite would be. I’m just happy to eat any of it.

  2. 2

    Just about any Tex-Mex will do. Haven’t met a dish I haven’t liked yet. Your tostadas look delicious.

  3. 3

    I love Tex-Mex food! We have many places around here to eat, but it is expensive and can be made at home for much cheaper. Thanks for teh dinner idea!

  4. 4

    This is right up my alley. I love anything that is Mexican. They look delicious.

  5. 5

    Tostadas are one of our ‘go-to” meals too! So easy. 🙂

  6. 6

    This is one of my favorite types of meals. IT’s quick, easy and tastes so good!

  7. 7

    That looks so good! I think my husband would love it.

  8. 8

    Sounds very yummy!

  9. 9

    Love this! I could totally live off of Mexican food.

  10. 10

    Yummy! I bet I could find a way to turn this into a foil packet meal while camping!

  11. 11

    I usually substitute kidney beans for any recipe that calls for black beans. I love taco’s and Mexican.

  12. 12

    I’m not much of a beef eater, but love mexican/tex-mex 🙂

  13. 13

    Yummo!! I love tex-mex!

  14. 14

    Those sound amazing! I love black beans.

  15. 15

    I make a version of this all the time– so easy.

  16. 16

    in our home the boys call them mexican pizza

  17. 17

    I love mexican food of all sorts. These tostadas look amazing. I really love a good burrito or enchilada too.

  18. 18

    Those look good. My fiance’ is part mexican so I’ve grown to really love mexican food!

  19. 19

    THose beef and black bean tostadas look amazing an perfect for a quick dinner!

  20. 20

    Looks very tasty!

  21. 21

    This looks so hearty and delicious – my kind of food!

  22. 22

    Oh YUM! I’ve been on a Mexican food kick lately! I am definitely going to try these!

  23. 23

    I love Mexican food, but to be honest, I’ve never had a Tostada before.

  24. 24

    I hear black beans are good for ya but not good for my hubby Lol

  25. 25

    Looks good. I’ve been wanting to incorporate more beans into our diet to save on the grocery bill.

  26. 26

    We love Tex-Mex. Especially enchiladas.

  27. 27

    This sounds delicious – I can’t wait to try this out this week!

  28. 28

    I am not sure what the difference between mex and tex-mex is LOL but I am definitely a fan of mexican. As for chips it depends on what I am eating if I like them thick or not but for my meals I definitely prefer thick chips/shells. That tostada looks delish!

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