Mexican Tostadas

Find a unique apron! This recipe for Tostadas will give you a nutritionally balanced meal bursting with flavor from the tangy salsa, corn flour tortillas, garlic, cumin, and beef. It may not be the quickest meal to prepare, but it is well worth the extra time to cook and mash the beans, and to prepare the home-made tortillas. It's a fun recipe to make with a friend or family member . . .

Tortilla Dough

3 cups corn flour

1 tbls shortening

1 tsp salt

1 cup warm water

Mix with a fork for a thick, non-sticky consistency, just enough so that dough holds together. Form patties with hands and press down on hot griddle. Avoid drying out from over cooking. May be refrigerated in a damp towel with sheets of wax paper between the stacked tortillas.

Refried Beans

1 lb dry beans, kidney or pinto

5 cups water

1 or 2 medium onions or shallots

to 1 cup margarine, optional

salt to taste

Combine beans in a pan with onion. Bring to boil, cover, and remove from heat for 2 hours (or soak beans in water over night). Return to heat, bring to boil & simmer slowly until beans are very tender, about 3 hours. Mash beans with potato masher, add margarine & mix well. Continue cooking, stirring frequently until beans are thickened and fat is absorbed. Salt to taste. Serve or reheat. Makes 6-8 servings or 5-6 cups.


1 lb extra-lean ground beef

freshly ground pepper


cumin to taste

large bottle of prepared salsa

splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar

roast jalapenos, optional

Sauté ground beef until well browned; add other ingredients, stirring well. Simmer until beef is safely cooked, around one hour.

Spread beans over tortillas and ladle sauce over beans. Grate cheddar or Monterey jack cheese; sprinkle over hot salsa. Top with shredded lettuce or other greens. Serve with beer or red wine.

Mexican Tostada Try our other Tostadas recipe with a home-made tomato sauce. Commercial salsa is handy but sometimes you might want to make your own sauce from scratch. Try using San Marzano tomatoes and chipotlés in adobo sauce!

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