Refried Bean Tostadas and Guacamole Tostadas

Tostadas con Frijol y Tostadas con Aguacate


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Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor

Muy Bueno

By Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Published 2013

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If you have corn tortillas, then you can make tostadas. All you have to do is fry them until crisp. You can even purchase pre-packaged tostadas, making this a quick and tasty dinner. My kids love topping their own tostadas on Friday family nights when we stay home and watch movies or play games. Our favorite toppings are refried beans and guacamole. If you’re like me and you have a mishmash of leftovers from the week, just reheat leftover chicken, meat, or pork, cut it into bite-size pieces and top your tostadas with the toppings of your choice. This meal is perfect for those of us who can’t stand to throw food away, just like Mom and Grandma.


Refried Beans

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable shortening
  • cups cooked Frijoles de la Olla plus ½ cup liquid
  • Salt to taste


  • 8 corn tortillas or 8 pre-packaged tostada flats
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Guacamole
  • Shredded lettuce (optional)
  • Chopped tomato
  • Queso fresco or cheese of choice
  • Salsa of choice


Make Refried Beans

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beans and the liquid. Cook over medium heat. While the beans are boiling mash them with a potato masher. Continue to cook until they form a thick paste, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

Fry Tortillas

In heavy skillet, over high heat, heat one-quarter inch of oil. Lower heat to medium and fry tortillas, one at a time, in hot oil for 20 to 40 seconds on each side or until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels. Store bought tostadas can also be used.

Assemble Tostadas

Top 4 tostadas with guacamole and 4 with refried beans. Top each with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. If you want a heartier tostada add bite-size pieces of cooked chicken, pork, or beef. Drizzle with your favorite homemade salsa.