Black Bean Tostadas

Here’s another recipe that uses one of my favorite pulses: the delightful little black bean.

This isn’t necessarily the quickest recipe, but it’s not that elaborate either. And it’s a very tasty way to enjoy one of the healthiest foods in the world – beans.

Black Bean Tostadas
serves 6-8

2-3 Tbsp. oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups cooked black beans (see Cooking Guide for beans)
1/2 cup liquid from cooked beans
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cumin powder
sea salt, to taste
8 corn tortillas
Green Chili Sauce (see recipe on following page)
1 cup vegan ‘cheese’, grated
2 cups lettuce, shredded
2-3 cups tomatoes, chopped

1.  Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet. Add onion and sauté over low heat until translucent. Add garlic and sauté. Add beans, liquid and spices. Sauté for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be sure there is enough liquid to keep everything moist and bubbling. Remove lid at the end of cooking to evaporate excess moisture.
2.  Heat remaining oil in another skillet. When oil is very hot, individually crisp tortillas on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
3.  Place one tortilla on each dinner plate. Spread half a cup of the black-bean mixture over each, followed by 2 Tbsp. of Green Chili Sauce (below). Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. grated vegan ‘cheese’, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes.

  • Optional ~ Spread vegan sour cream on tortilla and top with guacamolé.

Green Chili Sauce
1 Tbsp. oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
1 cup = 2 (4 oz.) cans green chilis, drained and chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and continue to sauté. Sprinkle in flour and cook, stirring until mixture begins to brown slightly. Stir in chilis, water and salt. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, covered.


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Patricia Geraldes

Yummy :) thanks for the recipe.

Cindy Rhodes
Cindy Rhodes5 years ago


Ness .
Ness F5 years ago

Yum, yes adding avocado sounds wonderful Trish!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

The recipe sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

Krasimira B.
Krasimira B7 years ago

Noted with thanks.

Trish K.
Trish K7 years ago

Black bean tostadas with avocado

Terry Porter-fahey

Thank you for this recipe.

Halie L.
Halie L7 years ago

when we do tostadas at our house we love to put shredded cabbage on ours adds more crunch, yum!