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Ground Beef Tostadas

Ground Beef Tostadas are made with corn tortillas baked crispy with refried beans, seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, red onion, fresh tomatoes and avocados piled on top with a drizzle of crema and plenty of crumbled queso fresco cheese. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: dinner, Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Tacos, Tostadas
Author: Amber


Spicy Ground Beef

  • 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
  • salt


  • 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. 

Spicy Ground Beef

  • 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. 

Ground Beef Tostadas

  • 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.