April 2, 2012

Bean Tostadas

What is it about tostadas? Is it me or are they just so GOOD. Instead of buying pre-made hard tostada shells, I use corn tortillas and bake them in the oven to crisp up a little. It'll taste like it came straight out of a Mexican restaurant. Ole! ;)

Gluten-free, vegan (with dairy-free cheese)

Corn tortillas
15 oz. can refried beans (I use vegetarian-style)
3/4 tsp. cumin
Shredded dairy-free cheese
Tomatoes, diced
Romaine lettuce, chopped
Additional toppings of choice: salsa, guacamole, onion, olives, cilantro

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly spray tortillas on both sides and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat refried beans and cumin in a pan over low to med-low heat, stirring occasionally.
Layer tortillas with beans, cheese, and onion. At this point, I like to return them to the oven (turned off but still hot from the tortillas) for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
Add the rest of the toppings.

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  1. This looks really good, although I'm not a fan of refried beans, I could always use black beans though!!! :) I love me some mexican food

  2. Have you thought about putting daiya cheese on these? They make a jalapeno one that would be great!

    1. I've had daiya a few times but not on these. We've also been playing around with nutritional yeast as a cheese substitute. I didn't know they had Jalapeño Daiya - that would definitely be awesome!! :) Thanks!

  3. What do you spray the tortillas with before you put them in the oven?

    1. Hi Melster! You can use a misto olive oil sprayer or whatever non-stick cooking spray you have (Pam, etc.) Sorry that was unclear! :)

  4. Also good if you put a little salsa on the beans....my kids love sour cream too

    1. Great tip! Salsa can give the beans a little extra oomph of flavor! :) Trader Joe's also sells "salsa style" refried beans that are delish!

  5. looks and sounds delicious thx (Kaitlin M)