Beef Tostadas

Total Time:
30 min
20 min
10 min

4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 15 -ounce can refried beans
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 8 corn tostadas (flat, hard taco shells)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Shredded lettuce, hot sauce and/or cilantro, for topping
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the beef and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, breaking up the meat, until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and chili powder and cook, stirring, about 2 more minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat the refried beans in a small saucepan. Thin the sour cream with about 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.

  • Spread the beans on the tostadas, then top with the beef and cheese. Drizzle with the sour cream. Top with lettuce, hot sauce and/or cilantro.

  • Per serving: Calories 660; Fat 42 g (Saturated 16 g); Cholesterol 114 mg; Sodium 1,252 mg; Carbohydrate 38 g; Fiber 7 g; Protein 36 g

  • Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

To make your own tostada shells, fry corn tortillas in 1/2 inch vegetable oil over medium-high heat, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

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