Spicy bean & avocado tostados

Spicy bean & avocado tostados

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
Why not make up a Mexican buffet for something a bit different. Get the kids involved with this simple veggie recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal355
  • fat4g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein16g
  • salt2.35g
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  • 4 flour tortilla
  • 400g can refried bean
  • big pinch cayenne pepper
  • 200g can kidney bean in water, rinsed
  • 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 50g vegetarian cheddar



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 1 green chilli, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, halved, stoned and sliced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • handful coriander leaves, to serve


  1. Heat grill to medium-high. Put 2 tortillas onto a large baking sheet, then grill for 2 mins. In a bowl, mix the refried beans, cayenne pepper, kidney beans and cherry tomatoes, then divide half the mix between the tortillas. Scatter with half of the cheese and half of the sliced chilli, then grill again until the cheese melts. Lift onto plates and top with half of the avocado and coriander to serve. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

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Comments (17)

janepanhorst's picture

added red chillies, an onion and heated the beans in the microwave like the reviews said. They were really tasty and my husband didn't even mind that there was no meat!

JuraRose's picture

I agree, the refried beans are bland but when using these in any recipe I adapt by frying some onions & chilli then adding the beans plus seasoning and lots of chopped coriander. Works for me :)

b1akemank's picture

Like others I found this a little tasteless and dry a bit of lime and more chilli/onion would really make this tastier. Think I'll try it with a fresh salsa next time too

annaelizabethwitty's picture

My partners new favourite tea. We add jalapenos and soured cream at the end and decided it's like eating healthier nachos!!

dillywhippet's picture

I read that some people found this recipe a little bland so I added a little very finely sliced red onion to the bean and tomato mix and a few twists of salt and pepper, I then spread tomato pesto (thinned with a little olive oil) onto the tortillas prior to adding the tomato/bean mix. I also omitted the refried beans and used only red kidney beans. I didn't have any coriander to hand, so used basil instead. This seemed to work very well - it not only smelled delicious when I took it out of the oven, but tasted delicious too. Not at all bland! Perhaps red peppers may be a tasty addition too!

aspiringamateurchef's picture

I would just mash/fry/spice up appropriately some Pinto Beans, whether freshly cooked or tinned. A bit of garlic and ginger chili works wonders unless one can suggest any mexican flabour combis.

aspiringamateurchef's picture

Why buy a can when you have perfectly decent recipes on Chow and Epicurious it is basically fried mashed black beans!! theoretically one could add some compatible flavourings for je ne sais qau.

fronki's picture

yummy scrummy, even my highly picky friend wolfed it all down after the first few cautious mouthfuls! Not much of a looker you could say but hell if that's ever mattered to me! would advise pre-warming the refried beans though!

linda86's picture

i liked it alot. I did heat the refried beans before hand as was recommended here, that worked much better (and its easier to spread out on the tortillas as well) i dont know if i would use the refried beans again because they smell awfull out of the can, which kind of ruined my appetite ;) i think ill go with only kidney beans next time,
overall good flavour, i used a red pepper for the extra spicyness and a bit off lime and sour cream to top which worked excellent!
It looks just as great as on the picture and would make a fabulous appetizer for a party (maybe make some tiny tortillas out of the small ones?)

cdcarbonell's picture

Nice, easy, if a little bland. Just needs a few extras to spice it up. For all that, healthy and simple.

muchosamor's picture

Actually, refried beans are fried, preferably in lard.

catbaker's picture

This would be called a 'tostada' in Mexico, and I would put some shredded lettuce and a squeeze of lime on top to make it fresh-tasting.

natalierachel's picture

Left out the kidney beans. Very quick and tasty midweek supper.

peacher69's picture

Fantastic recipe. This went down a treat. And vegetarian as well.
Will be on our list of best meals to serve when entertaining. Served with a spoonful of sour cream just adds that little bit extra.

parapapau's picture

They are called TOSTADAS not tostados!!

mabbsy's picture

I didn't bother having the kidney beans with the refried beans, i think you'd be all beaned out. This was good, if a little bland - it was much better with a spicy lime, coriander and tomato salsa I made to go with it.

vroebuck's picture

Very nice and tasty. Needs seasoning - the chilli is not as hot as you'd expect. Also worth warming the refried bean mixture in the microwave as it is hard to heat this through sufficiently under the grill. Definitely recommended and we'll be making this again.

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