Crispy Tostadas with Homemade Refried Beans, Pico De Gallo & Avocado {gf+v}

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I am all about quick dinners, and you know what makes me love quick dinners even more?  When they happen to be quick dinners that include corn tortillas, beans, tomatoes, and avocados.  This recipe includes all four of those ingredients and I can get it on the table and into my mouth in about 20 minutes, which makes me one very, very happy girl!

As much as I love spending an entire afternoon cooking so that we can enjoy a lovely dinner, sometimes I just ain’t got time for that.  Do you know what I’m saying?  Thankfully, it is still completely possible to enjoy a lovely dinner that only takes about 20 minutes.  Sometimes, when I get home from my 8 hour work day, plus my hour long roundtrip commute, I’m exhausted.  It takes what little energy I have left to throw some kibble in Cheeto’s bowl, and the only reason I make myself do that right away is because if I don’t, I’ll never hear the end of it, literally.

You could probably cut it down to 10 minutes if you used canned refried beans and crispy tortillas in a bag, but If I did that I’m not sure I could get away with writing a recipe up for it, plus it wouldn’t be nearly as fun to make!  Also, if I make my own refried beans I can sneak a few extra vegetables in them to make up for the rice cakes and peanut butter I ate for lunch that day because I didn’t wake up in time to make a proper lunch!


All of the components of this dish are so simple to make, but the combination is really delicious.  For the pico, I chop tomatoes, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, squeeze in some lime juice and season with spices.


Brush each side of the corn tortilla with a small amount of oil (you could probably actually skip the olive oil all together if you wanted to) and then throw in the heated oven for about ten minutes until nice and crispy.


I just happened to pick out some interesting looking peppers at the grocery store!  I’m not sure what is going on with that red pepper, but Eric pointed out that the green pepper looks like a yin yang, ha!


I flavored my black refried beans with red pepper, green pepper, jalapeno, red onion, and garlic.  The red pepper does make them taste a little bit sweet, so if you aren’t into that feel free to omit the red pepper and add more green pepper, or any other type of pepper you like.  You can see that I’m a little bit of a wimp when it comes to heat by how little jalapeno I added :)


To make the refried beans, I sauteed the vegetables for a few minutes, added the black beans and spices and then I threw it all into a food processor and blended it up.  I reserved a little bit of the bean juice from the can to thin it out a little bit.  Make the refried beans as thin or thick as you like.


I couldn’t possibly eat corn tortillas, beans, and pico without adding some avocado to it!


Assembly is just as easy as preperation, spread each crispy tortilla with beans, then top with avocado slices and pico de gallo.  As Ina says, how easy is that?!



Crispy Tostadas with Homemade Refried Beans & Pico De Gallo

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • olive oil

For the Refried Beans

  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinses (save bean juice and set aside)
  • 1/2 green pepper, small diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, small diced*
  • 1/2 small red onion, small diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno, small diced (or more depending on how much heat you like)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

For the Pico De Gallo

  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup onion, small diced
  • small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of half a lime, or a whole lime depending on how juicy it is
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch more if needed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brush both sides of the corn tortillas with a small amount of olive oil and place onto a large sheet pan. Place in the oven and bake for about ten minutes, until they are crispy. Flipping halfway. Set aside.
  3. While tortillas are in the oven, in a small bowl, add all pico de gallo ingredients and mix together. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Make the refried beans, heat a large pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  5. Then add diced peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes until tender. Then add the black beans and spices. Cook for another 2 – 3 minutes.
  6. Carefully pour mixture into a food processor or blender, fitted with a metal blade, and puree on medium speed. Slowly add in the reserved black bean juice, a little at a time, until the refried beans reach desired consistency.
  7. Place refried beans back into the pan for a few minutes until heated through.
  8. Assemble the tostadas, spread a few tablespoons of refried beans onto each tortilla and then top with avocado slices and pico de gallo.
  9. Enjoy!


  • *The red pepper will give the refried beans a little bit of a sweet flavor, so if you like, you can omit the red pepper and add more green pepper or other pepper of your choice.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 427
  • Sugar: 7
  • Sodium: 320
  • Fat: 17
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 63
  • Protein: 14
  • Cholesterol: 0





Cheeto thinks they are lip smacking good!

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    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Marjie! I can’t get enough avocados and they have been super cheap lately so I’ve been buying them like crazy! Let me know what you guys think! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Laura! Thanks! Avocados are amazing, once you start using them you won’t be able to stop! One of my favorite ways to eat them is to just spread them on toast :) I’m going to check out your site right now because I’m fairly new at having my own garden and can use all the tips I can get!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Jess!! :) I’m not sure what was going on with that pepper, but surprisingly I got one of the most normal looking ones out of the batch!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks for stopping by, Jess!! I hope you enjoy then if you try them! Avocado and re-friend beans are the best :)

  1. says

    I love this! I’ve only ever had refried beans from a can. I didn’t realize how easy they were to make. I need to give this a try when I get some nice peppers and tomatoes in the warmer weather. And avocado is essential! I’m with you there!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Allison!! I used to only eat refried beans from a can and then I realized how easy and much more flavorful they were to make :) My husband recently told me that he didn’t really like avocados and I told him that I think he is the only person on earth that feels that way! More for me, I guess!

    • She Likes Food says

      Actually, they are really hard to make so you should probably just come and visit so I can make them for you!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks, Julie!! I’ve really been trying to take advantage of all the fresh spring produce and thankfully there as been an abundance of it lately! I hope you enjoy them :)

  2. Kaitlin says

    I keep using the refried beans part of this recipe. It’s super versatile and better than the canned stuff for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Kaitlin! Thank you so much for commenting! It makes me so happy that you are loving these refried beans! I grew up on the canned stuff, but now that I discovered making my own I don’t think I can ever go back!

  3. says

    I made these tonight and they are AWESOME! Your idea of mixing the pepper and the beans together into the refried beans is genius!! My boyfriend and I scarfed these down so quickly after our workout that I didn’t have a chance to take a picture of them to share with you on Insta! The only change I made was that I didn’t use any oil and I added cucumbers to the pico de gallo!! Yum! These are going to be a regular around here for sure :) Thanks for the great recipe, Izzy!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Yah!!!!! I’m so glad you made them, Ceara!! I do buy the canned refrired beans sometimes, but it is so much more fun to make my own! Ohhhh, I love cucumbers and that is such a great idea to add them to the pico! I will be doing that next time! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed them!! :)

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