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Nopales Tostadas

Nopales Tostadas

Treat your family to a meatless Mexican dinner with these nopales tostadas - ready in 30 minutes.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried black beans
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) package tostadas (12 tostadas)
  • 1 (15 ounce) jar Nopales strips in brine, drained
  • 2 Roma tomatoes diced, (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large ripe avocado, cut into 24 slices
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salsa, if desired
  • Mexican style cream, if desired


  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Stir in onions; cook about 2 to 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in refried beans. Cook for 2 to 3minutes until hot, stirring occasionally. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, to keep tostadas from getting too soft.
  2. To assemble tostadas: Spread 2 tablespoons refried bean mixture on each shell; top with 2 tablespoons nopales, 1 rounded tablespoon tomatoes, 1 scant tablespoon red onion, 2 slices avocado, and 1 tablespoon queso cotija. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Prep Time 15 min
Total Time 30 min
Servings 12

Nutrition: 1 Serving Calories 140 (Calories from Fat 60), Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g ), Cholesterol 10mg Sodium 310mg Total Carbohydrate 14g (Dietary Fiber 4g Sugars 1g ), Protein 5g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 15%; Iron 8%

Exchanges: 1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices: 1

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit: Betty Crocker


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