Black Bean Tostadas | Easy Weeknight Vegan and Gluten-Free Dinners | Healthy Mexican Dinner Ideas

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 🍹 if you need a reason to have a margarita or Mexican food, today’s your day! 🇲🇽 😂 This is a Blue Zone inspired recipe- meaning it’s meat free!


I fried the beans a bit like my family does to take this recipe up a notch! (The original recipe just uses whole beans that will roll off the tostada) This little step turns an “okay” vegetarian dish to great! The refried beans go on a crispy tostada and are topped with your favorite toppings. It’s a simple weekday dinner. Let your friends and family top their own tostadas like taco night. Oh, and for the adults, I made one of my favorite easy tequila drinks- the MATADOR. I learned it while traveling because it only requires 3 ingredients- pineapple juice, lime and tequila. 


Enjoy these Mexican inspired recipes for Cinco de mayo or just a sunny day! Salud!🍻


Black Bean Tostadas



  • 1 cup fully cooked black beans or pinto beans, drained
  • A couple cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large avocado
  • ½ Persian cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ of a purple onion, sliced
  • The juice of one lime
  • cilantro (to taste)
  • 4-6 Corn tostadas 


  1. Heat 1 T oil in a small frying pan and add ½ Chile. Fry a couple seconds and then spoon cooked beans into pan using a slotted spoon  (stand back it will splatter). 
  2. Heat over medium heat and smash beans with back of spoon until smooth (about 5 minutes) Add some of the bean’s cooking liquid if it dries out. 
  3. Build your tostada by spoon refried beans first, then toppings of choice. Serve with pickled veg. 


Matador Drink



  • 1 1/2 ounces gold tequila
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice


  1. Shake the gold tequila, pineapple juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Strain into an old-fashioned glass, and serve with ice.

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