Black bean tostadas with avocado salsa

Black bean tostadas with avocado salsa

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level



Serves 4

For a quick veggie health-boost make this speedy supper using flavourful corn tortillas, which make a really nice change from flour tortillas

Nutrition and extra info

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  • Vegetarian
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Nutrition per serving



  • 8 corn tortillas (look for them near the other wraps or by the Mexican food)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 5 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 3 x 400g cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • choose a few toppings- chopped tomatoes, sliced red onion, diced avocado, sliced jalapeño peppers, coriander sprigs
  • crème fraîche or Tabasco chipotle sauce, to serve

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Brush the tortillas with a little of the oil and place in a single layer on baking sheets. Cook for 8 mins until crisp.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the remaining oil. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 5 mins. Add the spices, vinegar and honey. Cook for 2 mins more. Add the beans and seasoning, and heat through.
  3. Remove from the heat and mash the beans gently with the back of your spoon to a chunky purée. Spread some beans over the crispy corn tortillas, scatter with your choice of toppings and add a spoonful of crème fraîche to cool down, or a splash of chipotle Tabasco to spice it up.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2012

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melworldwide's picture
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This was a nice healthy veggie dinner but I'm not sure the seasoning ratio is quite right... The honey was really overpowering and we found this too sweet. With a bit of adjusting though we will definitely have this again.

racheltweeddale's picture
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We thought this was way too sweet - I didn't enjoy the bean dip at all. Disappointing

craiglamuffin's picture

I think this is a good little recipe for the beans as a Mexican style side dish to go with fish or chicken. I definitely recommend adjusting the quantities of spices, vinegar and honey to your taste though.

MrsProud's picture

I don't know about anyone else, but I found this too sweet for my palate. I even went back to the recipe to make sure I hadn't mixed up teaspoons for tablespoons of honey, but no, I'd followed the recipe correctly. It's a good, cheap recipe and great if you want a veggie meal, but next time I'll at least halve the amount of honey- especially when using corn tortillas, which have a natural sweetness.

Katherine@Cheaperseeker's picture

Loved this recipe

clep89's picture

We liked this, it's also good just wrapping all the ingredients in a soft flour tortilla.
I also made the bean mix on its own and took it to a party as a dip, it went down brilliantly!

lizmccrorie's picture

what happened to the avacado salsa??

freya_marks's picture
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Really tasty and filling! We added avocado, tomatoes, spring onions, coriander, Tabasco and creme frech, yum! Have tried it with flour and corn tortillas, and preferred with the corn ones- Discovery do them. Could have this as a quick snack with the refried-beans on their own.

pwrpuff83's picture

It is nigh on impossible to find corn tortillas in the shops; and even those that you find aren't the "right" kind of corn tortilla, but a very strange cousin or something. You can go online to a site like Mexgrocer or something like that and get the real deal at a good price. Tostadas are beautiful!

majachsa's picture
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Tasted better than it looked to be honest. Used normal wheat tortillas as couldn't find corn ones (even in waitrose)

rachthecook's picture
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Really liked this. Its quick and easy to make, healthy- and fun to eat! My toppings were avacado, chopped tomato, chopped red onion, black olives and jalpenos with tobasco and creme fraiche. I also added red kidney beans to the black beans so I had more for lunch the next day. Will make this again.