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!
IngredientsFor 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
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F if using tostada shells or 375 degrees F if using the corn tortillas.
In a large skillet, cook the beef while crumbling until no longer pink, about 7-10 minutes.
Carefully drain the excess fat from the skillet.
Add the water and the taco seasoning to the cooked meat.
Simmer the meat mixture until thickened, about 5 minutes.
While the meat is cooking, heat the refried beans in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.
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.
Carefully transfer the warmed shells from the oven.
Spoon the heated refried beans onto the shells followed by the meat.
Top the meat with your preferred toppings.