Crispy Oven Beef-and-Bean Tostadas


  • Simple Beef Mixture:
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion, or more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Tostada Shells:
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Beans:
  • 2 cups refried beans
  • Garnishes:
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce, or as desired
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato, diced


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Mix garlic salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and black pepper together in a small bowl.

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Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, onion, and garlic in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Keep warm while preparing tostada shells.

Brush oil over both sides of tortillas and arrange on a baking sheet.

Bake tortillas in preheated oven until crisped on top, about 5 minutes. Flip tortillas and continue baking until other side crisps, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Heat refried beans in a saucepan over medium-low, stirring regularly until hot, about 5 minutes.

Divide refried beans between tostadas and spread over one side of each; spoon ground beef mixture over the beans. Top each tostada with lettuce, Cheddar cheese, and diced tomato.