Hot Eats and Cool Reads: 15 Minute Ground Beef and Refried Bean Tostadas Recipe

Jun 29, 2015

15 Minute Ground Beef and Refried Bean Tostadas Recipe

One of the fastest weeknight meals and absolutely delicious! These 15 Minute Ground Beef and Bean Tostadas are kid approved, uses simple ingredients and is also great with ground turkey or chicken!


tostadas on a pan with garnishes on top.


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tostadas and limes on a sheet pan.


This recipe was revised, photographed and updated 10/2021.


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.

This meal is filling and super reasonable to make. This will be going into the regular recipe rotation!


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close up of a tostada on a pan.


What are the ingredients in this recipe?

  • lean ground beef
  • onion
  • garlic
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • black pepper
  • refried beans
  • tostadas


Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!


Recipe tips:

  • The beef and bean mixture can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to three days. Reheat 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. 
  • These can be made vegetarian. Skip the ground beef and double the amount of seasonings and beans for a meatless meal.


tostada on a pan with cilantro garnish.


More easy and fast ground beef dinner recipes you might like:



You can add or substitute with these ingredients:


  • Ground chicken or turkey instead of beef
  • Homemade refried beans instead of canned
  • Canned black beans instead of refried beans. Add whole beans or mashed.
  • Add diced jalapeno to the ground beef while browning


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tostada garnished with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and onions.


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15 Minute Ground Beef and Bean Tostadas

15 Minute Ground Beef and Bean Tostadas

Yield: 6 servings
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the ground beef, onion, and garlic and brown until ground beef is no longer pink. 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. We used cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and cilantro. 
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes:

The beef and bean mixture can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to three days. Re-heat the beef and bean mixture in a skillet or microwave and assemble tostadas as directed.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

316.65

Fat (grams)

13.88

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.57

Carbs (grams)

21.31

Fiber (grams)

4.42

Net carbs

15.72

Sugar (grams)

1.37

Protein (grams)

26.82

Sodium (milligrams)

446.44

Cholesterol (grams)

67.28

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Garnished tostada on a pan.


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4 comments:

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

    Linda

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

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

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  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!

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