Ground Beef and Bean Tostada

Such a fast weeknight meal and absolutely delicious! Ground Beef and Refried Bean Tostadas are ready in 20 minutes, affordable and also great with chicken or turkey!

tostada on a black platter.

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three tostadas on a black platter.

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I know all of you can relate... fierce Mexican food cravings. A visit to the local Mexican restaurant wasn't enough to satisfy my craving, so I whipped up a new and fast recipe at home to complete my two day Mexican food feast!

Recipes like these aren't truly Mexican, more like Tex-Mex, but still very delicious! 

I was browsing through an old church cookbook and stumbled across the recipe that inspired this one. A Tostada is basically a crunchy corn tortilla that's loaded with any toppings you love. We used ground beef and refried beans for this one. 

My family always has ground beef in the freezer that we buy in bulk from our favorite meat market, so the rest of the ingredients came from the fridge and pantry after my Aldi trip last week.

These tostadas are done in 15 minutes, from start to finish. I prep all my toppings while the beef is browning, then assemble after the beef and bean mixture is done. I used canned refried beans, but if you make your own from scratch, definitely use them instead! 

Traditionally, you bite into a tostada like a piece of pizza, but I prefer using a fork and breaking it into pieces to eat it. We sometimes top these tostadas with this tasty Spicy Queso Hummus Dip Recipe! It's such a perfect addition.

If you love easy ground beef meals, give these Smash Burgers or these Beef and Rice Lettuce Wraps a try! 

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two tostadas on a black platter.

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Recipe tips:

  • The beef and bean mixture can be made ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. Re-heat the beef and bean mixture in a skillet or microwave and assemble tostadas as directed. You can also reheat in a slow cooker, then serve it at a party or any gathering for your own taco, nacho or tostada bar. 
  • Season with salt as needed. We didn't add any extra salt because the sodium in our refried beans was fairly high.
  • These can be made vegetarian. Skip the ground beef and double the amount of seasonings and beans for a meatless meal.

Ground Beef and Bean Tostada on a black platter.
Yield 6 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
10 Min
Total time
15 Min

Ground Beef and Bean Tostada


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 - 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 6 tostadas


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the ground beef, onion, and garlic and cook until ground beef is crumbled, browned and no longer pink. Drain excess grease if needed, then, reduce heat to medium.
  3. Stir in the cumin, chili powder and pepper. Then add refried beans. Stir to combine and heat through, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Spread beef and bean mixture onto a tostada, then top with toppings of your choice.
  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts




13.88 g

Sat. Fat

4.57 g


21.31 g


4.42 g

Net carbs

15.72 g


1.37 g


26.82 g


446.44 mg


67.28 mg

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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use ground chicken or turkey instead of beef
  • use homemade refried beans instead of canned
  • use canned black beans or black refried beans instead of refried beans
  • add diced jalapeno to the ground beef while browning
  • use my homemade taco seasoning instead of what's listed in this recipe

Ground Beef and Bean Tostada on a black platter.

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  1. These sound delicious. I may have to go home and make these tonight for dinner. They sound cool and flavorful. Thanks for sharing.


  2. 15 minutes?? Now this is my kind of meal! :) And it looks delicious too!

  3. This is the kind of dinner I love on a Friday night. Everyone will like it plus it is quick and easy

  4. This brings back fond memories, my Mom would cook these for us but she would fry the corn tortilla on both sides until stiff, place on paper to absorb the oil an we, the kids would put on the rest. I am from Texas and we used variations of these, some with Mexican Chorizo incorporated into the refried beans, chicken or pulled pork variations and Shrimp, for vegans use refried beans not cooked in fat and put Pico de Gallo on your lettuce. These are very versatile and my favorite part is the use of various cheeses. Thanks for the recipe and memories!

  5. I'm gonna: add 'Frozen" Chopped Spinach to my Beef Mixture.. Placing it ON TOP of refried Bean Covered Tostada Shells.. Then, Add my Addtl. Toppings.. I Already have MY Nacho Cheese (Dip) Prepared & plan on 'drizzling' it on top.. Then, My Sour Cream 'slurry' & Some Hot Pepper Sauce.. Cool?..


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