Meatless Meals (I Wish) My Mother Made

Many thanks to my friend Jonathan (who is newly a daddy this week!) for the new title for the Saturday recipe feature!

Today’s recipe is one that The Big Man and I recently discovered and like a lot!

Healthified* Spicy Tostadas, originally found here


  • 4 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup canned Progresso® black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack, cheddar, or
  • mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place tortillas on an ungreased baking sheet. Lightly brush tortillas on both sides with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Bake about 3 minutes; turn. Bake about 3 minutes more until lightly browned and crisp.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 3 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, chile pepper, and garlic; cook until onion is tender. Stir in black beans and tomato; heat through.
  3. Sprinkle tortillas with half of the cheese. Spoon the bean mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining cheese. Bake about 4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro.

This is super-easy to make.  We didn’t use a jalapeño — we cheated and used chili powder.  We also don’t typically use canned beans, so the brand is not important.  (Not-canned beans taste better, too!)

*Eat Better America sends e-mails with “healthified” recipes.  Many of them are for desserts, and while they might be healthier than more standard recipes for the same food, the label, to me, implies healthy, and they aren’t.  That said, this recipe is pretty healthy and pretty tasty.  Enjoy!

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