Spicy bean & avocado tostados

Spicy bean & avocado tostados

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4

Get the kids involved in making this easy veggie Mexican buffet with healthy beans and avocado

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal355
  • fat4g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein16g
  • salt2.35g


  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 400g can refried beans
  • big pinch cayenne pepper
  • 200g can kidney beans in water, rinsed
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 50g 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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15th May, 2017
I preheated the beans as suggested and piled homemade salsa on top with the avocado and it tasted great. However, I made this as my 5:2 meal for the day and it was not filling enough. Was left very very hungry and the calories are off - in the wrong direction of course :-(
28th Jul, 2014
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!
6th Aug, 2013
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 :)
4th Apr, 2013
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
24th Oct, 2012
My partners new favourite tea. We add jalapenos and soured cream at the end and decided it's like eating healthier nachos!!
24th Jun, 2012
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!
10th Jun, 2011
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.
10th Feb, 2011
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.
2nd Sep, 2010
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!
27th Jul, 2010
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?)


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