Chipotle Beef Tostadas


Happy Father's Day to all the fabulous Father's out there.  My own Dad loved Mexican food, so I know he would have loved these tostadas.  Growing up we always went out to dinner on Sunday nights...90% of the time it was Mexican food. I truly miss the availability of good Mexican food we had in California. Now I just make it at home.  

And Happy Father's Day to my husband who also adores Mexican food, especially if it's spicy...these tostadas definitely fit his heat-seeking requirements.

The spice comes from the Chipotle Chile powder so if you want to make this less spicy, just use regular chile powder. There will still be tons of flavor and this recipe also sneaks some zucchini into the mix.  

Overall it's in super excellent. As in, you might want to double this recipe, the leftovers are awesome!

Squeeze lots of extra lime over the top...adds to the freshness.

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Chipotle Beef Tostadas

Recipe from: Food Network Magazine | Serves: 4


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground beef chuck
  • 1 large white onion, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Chipotle chile powder
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles or Mexican-style diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix or finely shredded cabbage
  • juice of one lime plus lime wedges for serving
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 8 tostadas (flat crisp shell) or taco shells
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, half of the onion, 1 teaspoon salt and chile powder; cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned and the onion is tender, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, beans and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, unitl the zucchini is just tender, about 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toss the coleslaw mix, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.
  • Divide the tostadas among plates and spoon the beef mixture on top. Top with the cheese, slaw and the remaining minced onion. Serve with lime wedges.
  • Serving size: 2 tostadas
  • Calories: 805
  • Fat: 54
  • Saturated fat: 19
  • Carbohydrates: 47
  • Fiber: 11
  • Protein: 35
  • Cholesterol: 115

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  1. I know I’m going to love this recipe! Everything about it is calling my name. Pinned.

  2. Really looking forward to making these tostadas, love the kick of those fire roasted diced tomatoes!


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