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Zesty Beef Tostadas are a fun twist on tacos! Crispy, crunchy tortilla shells are topped with ground beef and refried beans. Add your favorite tasty toppings for an easy addition to your meal rotation.
What is a Tostada? A tostada is basically an open-faced taco, sharing many of the same ingredients as a typical ground beef taco. The tortilla is prepared flat and can be either baked or pan-fried. Once crisp it’s covered in layers of beans, meat, and toppings.
Endless Toppings! Tostadas are little discs of taco goodness! The toppings can be piled as high and deep as you like!
We love this recipe because it’s a regular DIY entrée and there’s room for tons of creativity! Make a festive DIY Tostada bar and let your kids (or your guests) choose their own toppings!



8 tostada shells *or corn tortillas, see notes
1 pound lean ground beef
⅓ cup water
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 ½ cups refried beans

suggested toppings

2 cups iceberg lettuce finely shredded
1 cup tomatoes fresh, diced
2 cups Mexican cheese blend shredded
olives, jalapenos, cilantro, diced red onions
⅔ cup sour cream



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Preheat oven to 350°F.
Brown ground beef in a large pan. Drain fat. Add water and taco seasoning. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
Meanwhile, heat refried beans (in microwave or stovetop) and prepare Topping ingredients.
Place tostada shells in the oven and bake 5 minutes or until warmed and fragrant.
Remove from the oven and gently spoon heated refried beans onto tostada shells. Top with a spoonful of ground beef, and toppings as desired. Serve immediately.

nutrition information

Calories: 375 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 2mg

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