Black Bean Tostadas with Smoky Salsa

Black Bean Tostadas with Smoky Salsa
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  • 12Servings


  • 6 tomatillos (about 1/2 pound), peeled and rinsed
  • 2 15 ounce cans black beans, drained
  • 5 cloves garlic--2 chopped, 2 halved and 1 whole
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • 2 - 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, 1 tablespoon sauce reserved
  • 2 avocados, preferably Hass
  • 1 5 1/2 ounce box crisp-fried tostadas (12 tostadas)
  • 1 heart romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 4 ounces queso fresco (Mexican cheese) or goat cheese (about 1 cup)


In a small saucepan, cover the tomatillos with water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the tomatillos turn from bright to olive green, about 7 minutes. Drain and let cool.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, puree the beans, chopped garlic and onion. In a deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat; add the bean puree and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and set aside.

Clean the food processor bowl. Puree the halved garlic cloves with the tomatillos, chipotle chiles and adobo sauce until almost smooth; add water to thin if necessary. Season the salsa with salt.

Halve the avocados, scoop the flesh into a bowl and mash. Using a garlic press, crush the remaining garlic and add to the avocado. Season with salt.

Reheat the beans, then spread on the tostadas and top with the guacamole, lettuce and cheese. Serve with the tomatillo salsa.