Serious reward to effort ratio here! We're crisping a corn tortilla and loading it up with spicy black bean puree and a refreshing guacamole. So good!
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Spicy Black Bean and Guacamole Tostadas

Serious reward to effort ratio in these tostadas! We're crisping a corn tortilla and loading it up with spicy black bean puree and a refreshing guacamole. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2
Calories: 658kcal
Author: Mexican Please


  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup cheese
  • cilantro (for garnish)
  • oil
  • hot sauce

For the Black Bean Puree:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 chipotles in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • splash of water

For the Guacamole:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime
  • 2-3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)


  • For the black bean puree, roughly chop 1/2 an onion and peel 2 garlic cloves. Saute the onion and garlic in a dollop of oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse one can of black beans. Add the black beans to the onion mixture along with 2 chipotles in adobo, 1 Tablespoon adobo sauce, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, freshly ground pepper, and a splash of water. Simmer for a few minutes until heated through.
  • Combine the bean mixture in a blender or food processor. Salt to taste (I added another pinch to this batch).
  • For the Guacamole, finely chop 2-3 tablespoons of onion.  Use the back of a fork to smoosh the onion until it turns translucent.  Add onion to a bowl along with the avocado flesh, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and the juice of a half lime.  Mush and mix well.  Taste for salt level and keep adding tiny dashes of salt (and lime) until it tastes right to you. 
  • Add a thin sheen of oil to a skillet over medium heat.  Add a layer of beans and cheese to each tortilla and cook them in the skillet for 1-2  minutes or until they have brown spots on the underside.
  • Top with guacamole, cilantro, hot sauce, and any other toppings you want.  Serve immediately. 


I like to use as little oil as possible so sometimes it can be easiest to add a small drop of oil to the skillet and then rub the tortilla in the oil before adding the beans and cheese.  
Alternatively, you could bake your own tostada shells. 


Calories: 658kcal