These Vegan Tostadas with Fajita Veggies are so satisfying and easy to make. They are loaded with refried black beans, sautéed veggies, and all of the best tostada toppings!
This recipe is made with basic pantry staples like canned black beans and is easily customizable so you can avoid an extra trip to the grocery store.
Tostadas are a great dinner idea to use up leftovers and can be made within 10 minutes if you have your favorite toppings prepped and ready to go!
What is a Tostada?
A tostada is a traditional Mexican dish that translates to “toasted” in Spanish. The name is used for any dish that uses a toasted tortilla as the base.
The base is fried corn tortillas that are flat and are often loaded up with beans, meat, cheese, lettuce, and more.
They are super simple to make at home and can be easily customized. Unlike a taco, you can load it with lots of toppings.
You can buy crunchy tostada shells or make your own at home using corn tortillas. They can be baked or fried.
A crispy tortilla base, creamy refried beans, sautéed veggies, and your favorite delicious toppings make for a perfect weeknight meal that is family-friendly and perfect for meal prep or a party. They are easy, quick, and customizable!
Tostada Shells: I used store-bought tostada shells but you can easily make your own by frying or baking corn tortillas until crispy. Homemade will take a little extra time.
Vegan Refried Black Beans: Refried black beans are such a healthy and delicious topping for these vegetarian tostadas! I used my homemade refried black bean recipe- it can be made in under 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a can of vegan refried beans.
Fajita Veggies: I love loading up these tostadas with fajita veggies. Thinly sliced red onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper are sautéed until soft but still slightly crisp.
Choice of Toppings: Find a list of topping ideas below. Tostadas are a wonderful way to use up leftovers and veggies that are almost going off. I typically load mine up with fresh pico, guacamole, lettuce, and corn salsa.
How to Make This Recipe
These black bean tostadas are great for busy weeknights when you want something delicious but won't take a lot of effort! The whole family will enjoy building their crispy tostadas with their favorite toppings on your next taco night.
The full recipe can be found in the recipe card below.
Prepare the vegan refried black beans and toppings.
Preheat the oven to 325F.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add the thinly sliced onions and peppers. Cook until softened but still slightly crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
Heat the store-bought tostada shells in the oven for about 5 to 6 minutes.
Frying Instructions: If making your own fried tostada shells, carefully fry them in hot oil until golden brown and crispy.
Baking Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400F and brush each side of the corn tortilla with oil and place on a baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes on both sides until crispy.
Spread the tostada shell with the refried black beans and top with the fajita veggies. Add on the fresh toppings of your choice and serve the veggie tostadas immediately!
There are so many different ways to make this vegan tostada recipe. My favorite tostada toppings are corn salsa, fresh pico de Gallo, and guacamole.
Fresh Vegetables: Shredded red and green cabbage, shredded romaine lettuce, thinly sliced radish, pickled red onions, fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños, and cherry tomatoes.
More Toppings: Homemade guacamole, lime juice, vegan feta cheese, shredded vegan cheese, diced pineapple, Tofu Ground Beef, crispy roasted potatoes, or tofu scramble.
Refried Black Beans: Refried pinto beans will work as well. If you don't want to make homemade refried beans, you can use a can of vegetarian refried beans. If you don't want to use beans as the base, you can use guacamole or mashed avocado. It helps to have something that toppings will stick to.
Tostada Shells: You can use a corn tortilla to make your own homemade tostada shells. Flour tortillas aren't traditionally used but will work as well if that's what you have on hand.
Tips & Tricks
Use store-bought tostada shells! Store-bought tostada shells are fried and perfectly crispy. All you have to do is heat them up in a 325F oven for about 6-8 minutes. This makes for a very fast and easy dinner.
Use leftovers! These are easily customizable and can be made with various toppings. Don't let those old veggies go bad- just put them on a tostada!
Tostada shells can become soggy when stored assembled.
For best results, store toppings separately in an airtight container then reheat and top the tostada shell when planning to serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately, no. Tostada shells become soggy when stored assembled. Store toppings separately and assemble them when ready to serve.
A tostada is a crispy fried corn tortilla that is flat whereas a taco shell can be made from corn or flour and can be hard or soft.
A tostada shell is a corn tortilla that has been fried or baked.
Yes, they can. Bake corn tortillas at 400F for 5 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy. Helps to brush with oil!
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Vegan Tostadas with Fajita Veggies
- Prepare the vegan refried black beans and toppings of your choice. I recommend pico de gallo, homemade guacamole, and corn salsa.
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add the thinly sliced onions and peppers. Cook until softened but still slightly crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Heat the store-bought tostada shells in the oven for about 5 to 6 minutes.
- I used store-bought tostada shells but you can make your own from scratch very easily by frying corn tortillas or baking them in the oven until crispy. Frying Instructions: If making your own fried tostada shells, carefully fry them in hot oil until golden brown and crispy.Baking Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400F and brush each side of the corn tortilla with oil. Bake for 5 minutes on both sides until crispy.
- Spread the tostada shell with refried black beans and top with the fajita veggies. Add on the toppings of your choice and serve immediately!
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