Black Bean Tostadas – Use What You Have

Black bean quesadillas have become a weekly staple at our house. They make a quick, healthy, and filling lunch or weekend snack after the fridge has been cleaned out. Last week I had them on the menu, but had run out of tortillas.

As much as I’d love to say that I just “whipped up some tortillas real quick” I can’t. Homemade tortillas are one thing I’ve tried a few times without much success, and I really need to be in the mood before I’ll attempt them again.

So there I was:  lots of black beans and cheese and hungry kids, no tortillas.  Keep in mind, the nearest tortilla source is 15 miles away.  Not gonna happen.

Enter use what you have.  I did have some corn tortillas in the freezer.  Here’s what I threw together, which will now also become a staple in our home.  Yummy!

Black Bean Tostadas

  • corn tortillas (4 inch)
  • canola oil
  • black beans
  • shredded cheese
  • salsa
  • sour cream

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet.  Fry each tortilla, 30 seconds to a minute on each side.


Line a pan with tortillas. Top each with black beans.


Add cheese.


Bake in a 400° oven for 8-10 minutes.


Top with salsa and sour cream.

My kids thought it was so much fun to pick these up and eat them like a giant chip!  Simplify your life, and maybe even save some money in the process, by using what you have.  The results just might become a quick and tasty staple at your house!

Have you made any substitutions that have turned into family favorites?  I’d love to hear about them!

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  1. These look soooooo good! I’ve been on a bit of a nacho kick lately…think I’ll try these for a bit of variety! 😉

    I try to use what I have as well which often means that I never end up following a recipe exactly, but it provides a starting place…then I improvise.

  2. Those look so yummy! Most of my kids would want to skip the salsa, but I think they look delish as is. Did you use canned or dried black beans?

  3. Sadie — I used dried beans. I try to soak and cook up a bag about once a week to stretch meat mixtures and for “recipes” like this. I love having cooked beans on hand. They save me in many a food emergency!

  4. This looks really, really good. I’m going to give it a try!

  5. This sounds like a great lunch for the kids (and me too : )

  6. Way to pinch hit! I love to read about people making do with what they have AND having it turn out.

  7. I made these tonight! I added chopped tomatoes and green onions, and served them with a side of rice. They were delicious, and felt so healthy and light! Thanks for the great idea.

  8. OMG!!! We had these tonight and they were one of my families favorite dishes. I can not believe it!!! My girls think I am a hero. I made a couple of extra tortillas and put cinnamon & sugar on them for dessert!!! Thanks!!!


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