There is one staple of Mexican food that almost everyone loves – tostadas! This delicious Mexican classic is so easy to make, and even more so now when you use HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans. Keep reading for more information and for my simple Mexican tostada recipe.
Growing up in Mexico, I had tostadas on a regular basis. It is such an easy meal to make, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t look and taste great! Another good thing about them is that they are very inexpensive to make as well. Even when families are going through a tough time, if you have beans, ground beef, some vegetables and tortillas, then you can make tostadas.
The first time my husband went to Mexico (before we were married), he fell in love with the tostadas that my mom made for him. I am not exaggerating when I say that I think he ate 6 or 7 of them in one sitting! They really are that good.
The main components of a tostada are those that I listed above – beans, ground beef (or another type of meat), vegetables (lettuce and tomato), and tortillas. It is easy to go to the store and get ready to eat tostada shells. That said, I prefer to fry my own. They taste better that way and are so much more authentic. For the beans, it is important that you can spread them, so refried beans (black or pinto) are the best.
Back in Mexico we used to cook and mash our own beans, but that can take a long time! Having two little boys and another on the way, time is something that I don’t have very often. That is why I usually use pre-made, refried beans. Recently I discovered a new product that makes it so much easier to have delicious refried beans without a can! These HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans come in individual bags and all you have to do is add them to water to get delicious, ready to eat refried beans. They come in four different flavors – Traditional, Chorizo, Queso, and Jalapeño.
These delicious beans only took 5 minutes to make and taste like homemade!
The next step to making delicious tostadas is to have fresh veggies and well seasoned ground beef.
Once everything is ready, just layer the ingredients, starting with the beans, on top of the recently fried tortillas and serve with cheese, salsa, and Mexican crema if desired.
I hope that you enjoy these as much as we do, and make sure to let me know how it turned out in the comments below!
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