Ground Beef Tostadas


Ground beef tostadas are a delicious and versatile Mexican dish that typically consists of crispy tortillas topped with seasoned ground beef and a variety of toppings. Here’s a basic recipe for making ground beef tostadas:


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or use your own blend of spices like cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, and salt)
  • 1 can (15 oz) refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend)
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Salsa, hot sauce, or guacamole for serving
  • Corn or flour tortillas (6-inch size), about 8-10


  1. Cook Ground Beef:
    • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain excess fat.
    • Add chopped onions and minced garlic to the skillet. Cook until the onions are softened.
  2. Season the Beef:
    • Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the beef mixture. If you’re using your own spice blend, add it now. Stir well to combine. Cook for a few more minutes until the flavors meld.
  3. Warm the Refried Beans:
    • In a separate saucepan, heat the refried beans over medium heat until warmed through. You can add a little water or broth if needed to achieve a smoother consistency.
  4. Prepare Toppings:
    • Chop the lettuce, dice the tomatoes, shred the cheese, slice the black olives, and chop the fresh cilantro.
  5. Assemble Tostadas:
    • Heat the tortillas in a dry skillet or oven until they become crispy and lightly browned.
    • Spread a layer of refried beans on each tortilla.
    • Top with the seasoned ground beef mixture.
    • Add shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, black olives, and cilantro.
  6. Serve:
    • Drizzle with sour cream and add your favorite salsa, hot sauce, or guacamole.
  7. Enjoy:
    • Serve the tostadas immediately while they are still warm and enjoy your delicious ground beef tostadas!

Feel free to customize the toppings based on your preferences. Avocado slices, sliced jalapeños, or a squeeze of lime juice are also great additions.


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