Meat & Bean Tostadas

What I really love about this recipe is that all the parts can be made ahead and then you can assemble them cold one at a time or all at once.

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Meat & Bean Tostadas
2 pounds ground beef
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped and divided in 1/2
1 can Rotel original tomatoes
1 small can chopped green chiles
1 recipe Taco seasoning
1 batch Refried beans
grated cheddar cheese
1 tomato, chopped
chopped olives
taco sauce
sour cream

  • Brown ground beef with 1/2 of the chopped onion.
  • Drain off fat.
  • Add Rotel tomatoes, green chiles and Taco seasoning. Simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  • Layer tostada shells with a layer of Refried beans, a little cheese, meat, tomatoes, olives and a little more cheese.
  • Bake 10 minutes until heated through.
  • Top with taco sauce and sour cream.
  • Enjoy.


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Turkey Taco Cups – Healthy Helpings


I made these on Saturday and they were really fun to eat. Little tortilla cups are a healthier alternative to store bought taco shells.

Turkey Taco Cups
Serves: 4
4 10 in (burrito-size) flour tortillas (I use Carb Balance Whole Wheat Tortillas w. 8 gms of fiber)
1 lb ground turkey (I make sure to use ground turkey breast as it is the leanest)
1 carrot shredded
1 pkg (1 oz) taco seasoning mix (the packs that I found were 1.5 oz, I only used part of a package, to suit my family’s taste)
1 c chopped lettuce
1/2 c shredded cheese
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Sour Cream if desired

1. Heat over to 375F. Cut three 4 1/4 in circles out of each tortilla. (I did not have a cookie cutter of that size, but I did find a small round storage container that I was able to use.0 Place each circle into a muffin pan to shape into a cup. Bake 8 to 9 min until crisp. Cool.

2. Meanwhile cook turkey and carrot with taco seasoning. Divide turkey mixture, lettuce, cheese, and tomato among taco cups. (Part of what Tara likes about having tacos is assembling them herself, so instead of assembling all of the cups, I put the fixin’s on the table).