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one vegetarian tostada on a white plate with guacamole and sliced jalepenos
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Vegetarian Tostadas

You'll love these Mexican inspired Vegetarian Tostadas! This version is easy to make and is great weeknight recipe idea when you need dinner fast! Made with refried and black beans, this dish is kid and family friendly!
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican/Tex-Mex
Servings: 6 tostadas
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Nikole Berg


  • 6 tostada shells
  • 15 oz can vegetarian refried beans or homemade
  • 2 tbsp Easy Taco Seasoning or store bought
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups cheddar cheese use more if desired

Various Toppings

  • sliced avocado
  • guacamole
  • salsa or pico de gallo
  • sour cream or Mexican Crema
  • jalepeños fresh or pickled
  • sliced black olives
  • Queso Fresco


  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place a rack in upper third of oven. Pre-heat oven to broil
  • Add Easy Taco Seasoning to refried beans. Stir to combine.
  • Add 3 tbsp of bean mixture to the top of each tostada shell.
  • Add ¼ cup of black beans over the refried beans.
  • Add ¼ cup of cheese over the black beans.
  • Broil for 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and tostadas are lightly toasted. Just keep watch so they don't burn!
  • Top with garnished or your choice!


This recipe is practically foolproof! Just keep a careful eye on the tostadas as they bake so they don't burn.
You can use the microwave to melt the cheese instead of the broiler. I loosely cover the tostado with plastic wrap to keep the beans and cheese from splattering.
Step out of your comfort zone and try a Mexican cheese instead of cheddar! Asadero and Oaxaca are great white melting cheeses. There's also Cotija and Queso Fresco, which are semi-soft and crumbly. Queso Fresco is usually milder than Cotija. You can bake the tostadas with or without the cheese. Just note that the Cotija and Queso Fresco won't melt, but it will soften.
To make a quick Mexican Creama: mix about ½ cup of sour cream with the juice of ½ to 1 lime. Stir well then drizzle over tostadas!
Vegetarian Tostadas are best served immediately. Note that the shell will get a bit soggy if left standing too long.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 964mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 2mg