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Beef and Bean Tostadas for a Crowd

  • Author: Leanna Myers
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Beef and Bean Tostadas are a great way to use switch up your taco night. This recipe is great for a crowd because you can warm them all up at the same time on a sheet pan.



Tostada Shells | sub store bought tostada shells

  • 8 - 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion power
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salsa



Tostada Shells

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy bottom skillet (cast iron or dutch oven) to 320-350 degrees.
  2. Carefully drop one corn tortilla into the hot oil and fry for 1-2 minutes. Flip and fry the other side until golden brown.
  3. Place the hot tortilla on a wire rack to dry and sprinkle on some salt.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas making sure to only do one at a time to prevent sticking.


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Arrange the tostada shells on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Cook the ground beef in a medium skillet, breaking it apart with a spoon, for 10 - 12 minutes until it's brown all the way through. Mix the chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, black pepper and cayenne pepper into the beef and poor in 1/4 cup of water to loosen it up. Let simmer until ready to use.
  4. Smear a spoonful of refried beans onto each tostada shells and top with a spoonful of beef and handful of shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  6. Serve immediately with your garnish of choice!


You can fry the shells ahead of time and store them at room temperature for a few days or use store bought shells! 

It's worth it to fry your own shells because they stay crispy when loaded up with all the toppings. Store bought tend to get a little soft after baking.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sheet Pan
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: tostadas, beef tostadas, party food, dinner recipe