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How to Make Beef Tostadas

Beef Tostadas are a tasty Mexican dish that features crispy tortillas topped with seasoned ground beef and various toppings.

Texture-wise, Beef Tostadas typically start with a base of crispy fried or toasted corn tortillas. These tortillas serve as a sturdy foundation for the flavorful toppings.

The ground beef is cooked and seasoned with a variety of spices such as cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and sometimes tomato sauce or diced tomatoes. The beef is sautéed until it’s well-browned and flavorful.

Once cooked, the seasoned ground beef is spooned generously onto the crispy tortillas.

Toppings for Beef Tostadas may include shredded lettuce or cabbage, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapeños or other peppers, shredded cheese (such as cheddar or Monterey Jack), sour cream or Mexican crema, guacamole or sliced avocados, and sometimes a drizzle of salsa or hot sauce.

This dish provides a combination of textures—crunchiness from the tortilla, savory and slightly spicy ground beef, creaminess from the toppings like cheese and sour cream, and freshness from the vegetables. The melding of flavors and textures makes Beef Tostadas a delicious and satisfying meal option in Mexican cuisine.

Key Takeaways

  • For Whom: Perfect for meat lovers and those craving a hearty and satisfying meal.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in about 30 minutes, a flavorful option for any occasion.
  • Nutrition Facts: A protein-rich dish with a medley of textures and flavors.

About This Recipe

Beef Tostadas showcase the versatility of seasoned beef, creating a delicious and customizable topping for crispy tostadas. With a blend of spices and fresh toppings, this dish offers a satisfying and robust culinary experience.

Equipment Required

  1. Skillet
  2. Mixing bowls
  3. Tongs


For the Seasoned Beef:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tostadas:

  • Corn tostadas
  • Refried beans
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


Seasoned Beef:

  1. In a skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned.
  2. Add chopped onions and minced garlic, sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Season with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cook until flavors meld.


  1. Warm corn tostadas in the oven according to package instructions.
  2. Spread a layer of refried beans on each tostada.
  3. Top with seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapeños (if desired), dollops of sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped cilantro.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Black beans

Storage Options

Beef Tostadas are best enjoyed immediately to maintain their crunch. Store seasoned beef and tostada toppings separately and assemble just before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Cheese: Use your favorite cheese or a dairy-free alternative.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the level of spiciness by adding or reducing the amount of chili powder and jalapeños.

Alternatives to This Meal

For a smoky flavor, add a dash of chipotle powder to the seasoned beef, elevating the dish with a subtle and spicy kick.


Beef Tostadas offer a savory and hearty fiesta on your plate, combining the richness of seasoned beef with the crunch of tostadas and the freshness of vibrant toppings. This dish is a celebration of bold flavors and textures, creating a satisfying and memorable dining experience. ¡Buen provecho!