Ground Beef Tostadas

How to make Ground Beef Tostadas



1 pound ground beef (lean)

olive oil

1/2 white onion (diced)

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup water

red pepper flakes (optional )


olive oil

8–10 corn tortillas



1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon lime juice


16 ounces refried beans

1 cup lettuce (shredded)

1 tomato (diced)

1/4 red onion (diced)

1 avocado (peeled, pitted and sliced)

1 cup queso fresco cheese (shredded)



Begin with crema. Ideally you make this a few hours to a day prior. Whisk together 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 Tablespoon lime juice. Cover and place in fridge to store before serving.


Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread out the corn tortillas on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Rub the olive oil all over the tortillas on each side.

Bake in 4 minute increments flipping between each. Bake until the tortillas are crispy and a golden brown color. This should take 2 flips or 12 minutes.

Let cool.


Heat a nonstick skillet on the stove top on a medium-high heat. Drizzle the pan with olive and drop in the diced white onion. Let cook 1 minute and then add the ground beef. Break up the ground beef into equal pieces until browned.

Drain the meat if needed. If using a really lean meat, you may not need to. Put the meat back in the pan and add 1/2 cup water and the seasonings. Red pepper flakes are optional if you just want a little extra kick. Bring to a simmer, lower heat and cover for 15 minutes. Stir a few times to ensure the meat isn’t sticking.


Heat up the refried beans as the meat finishes cooking and assemble your tostadas.

Start with a layer of refried beans on the crispy corn tortilla, add some spicy ground beef, top with shredded lettuce, diced red onion, diced tomato, and sliced avocado. Sprinkle with queso fresco and then drizzle with the crema to finish.

Enjoy !!

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 550 | TOTAL FAT: 30g | CARBOHYDRATES: 40g | PROTEIN: 23g

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of meat instead of ground beef?

Yes, you can use ground chicken, turkey, or even vegetarian meat substitutes as alternatives to ground beef in this recipe. Adjust the cooking time and seasoning accordingly.

Can I make the crema ahead of time?

Yes, it’s recommended to make the crema a few hours to a day prior to allow the flavors to meld together. Simply whisk the ingredients together, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Can I make the tostadas gluten-free?

Yes, you can make the tostadas gluten-free by using gluten-free corn tortillas. Ensure that all other ingredients, including the seasonings and toppings, are also gluten-free.

Can I customize the toppings?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the toppings to your liking.

You can add or omit ingredients such as diced red onion, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, avocado slices, or queso fresco cheese based on your preferences.

How can I make the dish spicier?

If you prefer a spicier flavor, you can increase the amount of chili powder or add additional red pepper flakes to the spicy ground beef mixture.

Adjust the spice level according to your taste, but be cautious not to make it too spicy for your liking.

How can I make the tostadas crispy?

To achieve crispy tostadas, ensure you bake the corn tortillas in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure to spread olive oil on both sides of the tortillas and bake them until they turn golden brown and crispy, flipping them once during the cooking process.

Are there any vegetarian or vegan substitutions for this recipe?

Yes, you can make vegetarian or vegan versions of the Ground Beef Tostadas. Substitute the ground beef with plant-based alternatives like crumbled tofu, tempeh, or textured vegetable protein (TVP).

Use vegan sour cream and omit or replace the heavy cream with a non-dairy alternative in the crema. Ensure the refried beans and toppings are also suitable for your dietary preferences.

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