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Make-Your-Own Tostadas

Make-Your-Own Tostadas Recipe

A colorful, crunch, fresh, and tasty meal that will help you make new memories with your loved ones.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 tsp garlic, fresh, minced
  • 3 cups black beans, cooked, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp chili pepper, seeded, sliced (optional)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tsp cumin, ground
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 8 corn tortillas


  • Leafy greens (e.g. lettuce, spinach)
  • Veggies (e.g. avocado, bell pepper, grilled mushrooms, onion, sweet corn, tomato)
  • Fresh Herbs – e.g. cilantro, parsley
  • Sauces (e.g. dairy-free sour cream, Cashew Cream Sauce, salsa, guacamole)


  1. Sauté onion and garlic in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a drop or two of water if sticking occurs.
  2. Add black beans, water, chili pepper (if using), lime juice, cumin and black pepper. Mash half of the beans with a potato masher, leaving some whole. Stir and cook until heated through.
  3. Toast tortillas either by baking at 375°F for 10 minutes or on the stovetop over medium heat for 5 minutes, flipping half-way through.
  4. Spread black beans over toasted tortilla and top with your choice of leafy greens, veggies, fresh herbs, and sauces.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.