*These Vegan Black Bean Tostadas are an easy homemade dinner to satisfy any Mexican craving! Crispy tortillas are topped with quick refried beans and plenty of veggies.*
Happy Taco Tuesday!! Or in this case, Tostada Tuesday! 🙂 One of the things I love most about living in California (besides the close proximity to the ocean and the sunshine – although we don’t actually get too much of that here in San Francisco) is the Mexican food! Seriously, I don’t think I could live without my practically weekly fix of burritos, tacos, and cheesy quesadillas. I’m not sure I would survive on the East Coast – where apparently good Mexican food is few and far between and Chipotle is as close as you’ll get in many cases. And avocados are practically a food group in my mind, so I can’t even imagine a place where their creamy, dreamy goodness isn’t always readily available!
All that being said, we take our Mexican food quite seriously here on the West Coast. In San Francisco, in particular, the spot to head to for the best tacos ever is the Mission District. There’s fierce competition between a few different taquerias in the neighborhood, but my absolute favorite spot is a little hole in the wall called Cancun that serves up the best carne asada, carnitas, and lengua this side of the border. One of my very favorite ways to pass a weekend afternoon (especially in the spring and summer!) is to pick up a burrito from Cancun, grab a six pack, and walk the couple blocks over to a local park that’s very popular on nice, sunny days. A little Mexican feast, a little sunbathing, maybe a little frisbee – that’s my idea of the perfect California afternoon.
These tostadas here are my attempt to make Mexican food at home – and they turned out amazing, if I do say so myself! These babies are accidentally vegan, I would say, since the homemade refried beans, crispy tortillas, and copious fresh veggies really crowd out any need for meat or even cheese. To make the beans, I started with a humble can of black beans. I cooked them up with lots of onion and garlic, some cayenne pepper and cumin, then mashed everything together for a delicious, slightly spicy, hearty yet light take on the classically heavy dish. These beans get spread on corn tortillas, crisped briefly in the oven, and then everything is topped with fresh greens, sliced tomatoes and radish, plenty of avocado (of course) and a healthy dollop of fresh salsa. This dish is surprisingly easy to put together and definitely works to satisfy even my strongest Mexican craving. Now, all we need is a margarita!
These Vegan Black Bean Tostadas are an easy homemade dinner to satisfy any Mexican craving! Crispy tortillas are topped with quick refried beans and plenty of veggies. For Tortillas: For Refried Beans: For Serving:
Vegan Black Bean Tostadas
These Vegan Black Bean Tostadas are an easy homemade dinner to satisfy any Mexican craving! Crispy tortillas are topped with quick refried beans and plenty of veggies.
For Refried Beans: