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Beef Tostadas


Posted: August 4

Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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It's taco time, friends! Or rather, we should say Beef Tostadas time! Get your tastebuds ready for the flavor fiesta of a lifetime. That might sound a little dramatic, but you'll understand the passion once you bite into the tangy, taco-seasoned ground beef, the creamy, nutty refried beans, the crispy, salty tostada shell, and all your favorite Tex-Mex toppings. Ready in less than 15 minutes, Beef Tostadas will bring the flavor and the party!


Ingredients

For the tostadas:
1 pound lean ground beef
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups refried beans
8 tostada shells or corn tortillas
olive oil, optional, to taste
salt, optional, to taste
For the optional toppings:
2 cups iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
1 cup tomatoes, diced
2 cups Mexican cheese blend, shredded
olives, to taste
jalapeños, to taste
cilantro, to taste
red onions, to taste, diced
2/3 cup sour cream

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F if using tostada shells or 375 degrees F if using the corn tortillas.

Step 2

In a large skillet, cook the beef while crumbling until no longer pink, about 7-10 minutes.

Step 3

Carefully drain the excess fat from the skillet.

Step 4

Add the water and the taco seasoning to the cooked meat.

Step 5

Simmer the meat mixture until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Step 6

While the meat is cooking, heat the refried beans in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Step 7

Place the tostada shells on a baking sheet and bake until warm and fragrant, about 5 minutes. If using corn tortillas, brush each side of the tortilla with olive oil and sprinkle it generously with salt. Bake the seasoned tortillas for 4 minutes and then flip. Continue baking until browned and crisp, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 8

Carefully transfer the warmed shells from the oven.

Step 9

Spoon the heated refried beans onto the shells followed by the meat.

Step 10

Top the meat with your preferred toppings.

Step 11

Serve.


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