Baked oil-free tostadas are one of my go-to recipes when I’m feeling lazy and want a quick and easy meal that’s also healthy and delicious. It was the first meal I made when we got back from our recent Vegas trip (after a smoothie bowl, of course.)
Most pre-made tostada shells have oil, and since I avoid oil when cooking, I make my own by broiling corn tortillas. Without oil, the tortillas can go from done to burnt very quickly though, so the trick is to watch them carefully. They also need to be cooked enough so that they start to brown, otherwise they’ll come out chewy rather than crispy.
To keep this meal oil-free, top the tostadas with oil-free beans–the easiest way is to get oil-free re-fried beans, even better if they’re pre-spiced (I found some at Wheatsville), but you can also get canned regular beans and mash them and add your own spices, or use homemade beans.
Some recipes need exact measurements and directions (like baked treats), but this isn’t one of those recipes. The main thing is to get the tortillas crispy, and then you can add whatever beans and toppings you want. I usually do beans with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, Tapatio, and nooch, but you could also add queso, vegan taco meat, pico de gallo, etc. For a basic guacamole, I just add lime juice, salt, and garlic powder to mashed avocados to taste. Sometimes I make fancier guac with tomatoes, cilantro, red onions, etc., but honestly plain guac is so delicious on it’s own, I haven’t bothered as often lately.
What are some of your go-to recipes for quick and easy meals? Let me know in the comments!
- Corn tortillas
- Oil free canned re-fried beans or beans of choice
- Lettuce (chopped)
- Tomato (chopped)
- 1 medium ripe avocado
- ~1/2 Tablespoon lime juice
- Salt and garlic powder to taste
- Broil tortillas on a parchment lined baking sheet for 2-3 minutes until crispy and browned, flipping a few times as needed. Watch them closely to make sure they don't burn.
- To make the guacamole, mash the avocado in a bowl, then add lime juice, salt, and garlic powder and mix well. Chop lettuce and tomato.
- Heat up beans in the microwave, then top tortillas with beans, lettuce, and tomato, guacamole and nooch, hot sauce, or salsa if desired.