Southwest Chipotle Tostadas

Get out a knife and fork to enjoy these loaded Southwest-inspired vegan tostadas. They’re as quick and easy as they are crunchy and delicious.


  • 4 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup refrigerated fresh salsa
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper or chili powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ of a medium avocado, seeded and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • ½ cup sliced scallions
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tortillas directly on middle oven rack. Bake 5 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.
  • In a small bowl mash beans with a fork. Stir in salsa, cumin, and ground chipotle pepper. Season with salt and black pepper. In another small bowl mash avocado. Whisk in milk until smooth.
  • Spread tortillas with bean mixture. Top with lettuce, cabbage, tomato, and scallions; drizzle with avocado mixture. Serve with lime wedges.

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Excellent meal! I added more cumin and chili powder than called for, but other than that, followed recipe. Really, really good!!!


What magazine did this recipe come from? I'm trying to find it to look through the Tacos and Tostadas section for more recipes. I don't have the physical copy anymore.

Megan Edwards

Hi Chantel, This recipe appeared in the Fall 2018 magazine under the name "Southwest Chipotle Mini Pizzas" as part of an alternative pizza story. It also appears in our 100 Best Plant-Based Recipes special edition magazine, which you can find here: Hope that helps!


Cabbage isn’t mentioned in the ingredients and I totally forgot to pick some up. I will add it next time. Very easy recipe for a refreshing dinner. Next time I would warm up the bean mixture a little bit and then top on the tortilla.

Cindi M.

Easy recipe with simple ingredients and lots of flavor. I added a little salsa on top. Delicious!

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Carla Christian, RD, LD

Carla Christian received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 2009. She finished her dietetic internship from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 and is a former chef in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen. Find her on LinkedIn. Photo by Jason Donnelly.

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