We know it’s not “Taco Tuesday,” but trust us, every day is a great day for Tex-Mex, thanks to our friends at Cooking Professionally! It’s Beef Tostadas time! Get your tastebuds ready for the flavor fiesta of a lifetime. That might sound a little dramatic, but you’ll understand the passion once you bite into the tangy, taco-seasoned ground beef, the creamy, nutty refried beans, the crispy, salty tostada shell, and all your favorite toppings. Ready in less than 15 minutes, Beef Tostadas will bring the flavor and the party!


For the tostadas:

1 pound lean ground beef
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups refried beans
8 tostada shells or corn tortillas
olive oil, optional, to taste
salt, optional, to taste

For the optional toppings:

2 cups iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
1 cup tomatoes, diced
2 cups Mexican cheese blend, shredded
olives, to taste
jalapeños, to taste
cilantro, to taste
red onions, to taste, diced


Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F if using tostada shells or 375 degrees F if using the corn tortillas.

Step 2 – In a large skillet, cook the beef while crumbling until no longer pink, about 7-10 minutes.

Step 3 – Carefully drain the excess fat from the skillet.

Step 4 – Add the water and the taco seasoning to the cooked meat.

Step 5 – Simmer the meat mixture until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Step 6 – While the meat is cooking, heat the refried beans in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Step 7 – Place the tostada shells on a baking sheet and bake until warm and fragrant, about 5 minutes. If using corn tortillas, brush each side of the tortilla with olive oil and sprinkle it generously with salt. Bake the seasoned tortillas for 4 minutes and then flip. Continue baking until browned and crisp, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 8 – Carefully transfer the warmed shells from the oven.

Step 9 – Spoon the heated refried beans onto the shells followed by the meat.

Step 10 – Top the meat with your preferred toppings.

Step 11 – Serve.


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