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Crispy Tostadas with Homemade Refried Beans & Pico de Gallo


By passing on the deep frying of the tortillas and making your own “refried” beans, you have a healthy alternative to the traditional fat-laden Mexican Tostada dish.

Crispy Tostadas with Homemade Refried Beans & Pico de Gallo

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By: She Likes Food
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes


  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • olive oil


  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinses (save bean juice and set aside)
  • 1/2 green pepper, small diced
  • 1/2 red red pepper, small diced*
  • 1/2 small red onion, small diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp jalapeno, small diced (or more if you like it spicy)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup onion, small diced
  • small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of half a lime, or a whole lime depending on how juicy it is
  • 1/4 tsp salt, plus a pinch more if needed
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin


Here are your instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Brush both sides of the corn tortillas with a small amount of olive oil and place onto a large sheet pan. Place in the oven and bake for about ten minutes, until they are crispy. Flipping halfway. Set aside.

  3. While tortillas are in the oven, in a small bowl, add all pico de gallo ingredients and mix together. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

  4. Make the refried beans--heat a large pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.

  5. Then add diced peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes until tender. Then add the black beans and spices. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  6. Carefully pour mixture into a food processor or blender and puree on medium speed. Slowly add in the reserved black bean juice, a little at a time, until the refried beans reach desired consistency.

  7. Place refried beans back into the pan for a few minutes until heated through.

  8. Assemble the tostadas, spread a few tablespoons of refried beans onto each tortilla and then top with avocado slices and pico de gallo.

  9. Enjoy!

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Credit: She Likes Food