These crispy tostadas are loaded with refried tasty black beans, melted cheese, tomato salsa and guacamole. These are so delicious and easy to make. These make great appetizers or pair it with street corn or rice to make it a meal. Just be sure to make plenty because you can’t just eat one.
Tostadas are fried tortillas that are topped with some of your favorite taco fillings. I’ve made them with chicken, beef or as my mother in law would make, just a red sauce and cheese. These are topped with Guatemalan refried black beans that we get from a can. This is are our favorite brand Ducal.
I admit that I had never had refried black beans until my hubby introduced me to them (they eat these a lot in Guatemala where he is from). I prefer these over the regular refried beans, but you can use either. The red salsa (sauce) is a tasty sauce made from canned tomato sauce with chopped sautéed tomatoes, onions, garlic and a few spices. The guacamole is homemade, but you can also find some really good ones that are already made. Then there is the cheese. This is loaded with Monterrey and Colby Jack cheese that’s piled on top of the black beans then the tostadas are put in the oven for a few minutes so the cheese get all melted and delicious.
It’s a good thing that the pre packaged tostadas come with so many because these are very addictive. So you can taste them for yourself, read below how you can make your own:
Here’s What You Need:
For The Red Sauce:
*3 roma tomatoes, diced
*15 oz. can tomato sauce
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*1 small onion finely chopped
*1 tsp. cumin or more to taste
*1 tsp. coriander or more to taste
*1/2 tsp. garlic powder or more to taste
*1/2 tsp. salt or more to taste
For The Tostadas
*pre packaged tostadas
*1 can of black refried beans
*shredded cheese; I used a combination of Monterrey and Colby Jack
*guacamole; homemade (click on the link for the recipe) or pre packaged
Heat a small sauce pan to medium heat and add in the olive oil. When the oil is hot add in the onions and the garlic.
Cook for about 2 minutes while stirring frequently. Add in the tomatoes and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes or until the tomatoes and the onions are soft; stir occasionally.
Add in the spices and cook while stirring for another minute then add the tomato sauce.
When the sauce begins to gently boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Taste the sauce and add in any more of the spices if needed.
Pre heat the oven to 400°.
Heat the black beans according to the directions on the can; set aside.
Prepare the guacamole . Cover well and set aside.
Place the tostada shells on a baking sheet and spread a layer of the black beans on the bottom.
Sprinkle on the cheese on top of the black beans.
Spoon some of the sauce over the cheese.
Place in the oven and heat for 5 to 10 minutes are until the cheese is melted.
Take out of the oven and top with the guacamole.
Serve and Enjoy!
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