Grilled Vegetable and Black Bean Tostada with Avocado Cream ~ Savory Simple

Have I been on an unhealthy food kick lately or what?  Well, maybe not all of it but I was just looking at my recent posts for blueberry buttermilk cookiesbacon polenta pancakes and blueberry cheesecake parfait thinking ‘holy calories!’ Honestly, I don’t eat like that most of the time. People ask me how I manage to stay in shape when I’m surrounded by baked goods all the time. The truth is I usually only sample one or two cookies before giving the rest away. I like the healthy food just as much. So today I’m sharing a healthier recipe. These grilled veggie and black bean tostadas with avocado cream might be my new favorite meal.

Grilled Vegetable and Black Bean Tostadas with Avocado Cream
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Serves: 6 tostadas
For the Beans:
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • a handful of cilantro, chopped
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
For the Avocado Cream:
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil (or any neutral flavored oil)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon neutral sweetener such as agave nectar or Karo corn syrup
For the Grilled Vegetables:
  • 1 red onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1 green or purple pepper, sliced into ½ inch strips
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into ½ inch strips
  • 1 poblano pepper, sliced into ½ inch strips
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced into ½ inch strips
  • 1 ear of corn with the husk
  • a high heat oil for grilling (grapeseed, canola, regular olive oil, etc.)
Additional Ingredients:
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Brush the corn tortillas with a bit of oil, sprinkle lightly with salt and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare the beans: In a medium bowl, combine the black beans, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the avocado cream: In a sturdy blender or food processor, puree the avocado, lime juice, grapeseed oil and sweetener until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Brush all vegetables lightly with oil and a sprinkle of salt.
  6. Grill the corn directly in the husk until charred. Allow it to cool for before carefully removing the husk and silk. Slice the corn kernels from the ear and combine with the black beans.
  7. Grill the rest of the veggies on both sides until tender and lightly charred.
  8. To assemble: place a baked corn tortilla in the center of a plate and top with a generous helping of the black bean and corn mixture. Follow with the vegetables and avocado cream. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

More Tostada Recipes:

Epicurious – Chicken Tostadas
Simply Recipes – Mexican Tostada
Cooking Channel – Ranchero Breakfast Tostadas

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  1. These look terrific!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. That’s just pretty!

  3. I don’t eat avocados, Jen, but I’m sure that the people who do will enjoy this recipe.

  4. Oh that looks just delicious!


  5. That is a wonderful summer taste. I have a couple of avocados ready for something and think avocado cream is the thing:)

  6. This sounds amazing!

  7. You had me at “avocado cream.”

  8. There definitely needs to be a balance between healthy and unhealthy food in life. I try to save all my unhealthy food for dessert and stick to fish and vegetables for entrees. That and tons of super intense exercise. But every night when I’m sitting down to my sweet treat, I know it’s totally worth it.

  9. fabiola@notjustbaked says:

    Avocado cream and tostado, SOLD! I love to make these on a week night when I just don’t want to be in the kitchen that long. But I will for aure add more veggies to mine, that’s a great use of the vegs!

  10. What a beautiful dish my friend, those tostadas look so delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. This looks wonderful! I’m thinking that avocado cream could be used on a lot of things!

  12. These look so good! Grilled veggies are one of my most favorite things!

  13. avocado cream — say no more, that’s all I need!

  14. The presentation it self is just gorgeous. Love the addition of grilled vegetables:)

  15. Yum! I think I’ll try these for dinner tomorrow!

  16. oh my, I just love everything about this! what a fabulous meal!

  17. avocado cream? sounds AMAZING! sounds like a wonderfully delicious and healthy meal!

  18. Always nice to have a balance of the sweets and the savories :0 This healthy recipe is so inspiring. It’s making me want to fix a tostada right now, but it has to wait ’til the next day for me (it’s midnight right now). Delish!

  19. That avocado cream sauce looks like the perfect touch!

  20. I find that I tend to give away most of my baked goods too. A girl can eat only so much cake, when she is missing her sweet tooth. Mind you the bacon and polenta pancakes, I most likely would of eaten thirds.

  21. Hehe I do the same with baked goods although this winter, I seem to have eaten more than I meant to! :P

  22. I love everything about these tostadas!

  23. I am all over this avocado cream! Always on the look out for a new topping ideas and this one looks amazing! Thanks, Jen :)

  24. These sound delicious. And, I’m drooling over the sound of the avocado cream!

  25. The avocado cream sounds SO good, Jen! THANKS :)

  26. How did you get the tortilla to be so beautiful and curvy??

  27. You have no idea how bad I want this right now. I love the avocado cream. I guess pinning it will soothe me until I can make it!

  28. Jen…these look so good….a great way to make use of summer veggies. And that avocado cream sounds divine!!! : )

  29. Sample one or two and give away… that’s been difficult whenever I bake (and I don’t bake much for that reason too…). I need to learn to portion control otherwise I’d be in trouble when I bake often! :D This looks delicious. Avocado cream? Sounds delicious~

  30. Jen, that photo makes it look almost too beautiful to eat ! Shows that good food doesn’t necessarily have to be bland of boring.

  31. Fabulous! I love a healthy recipe that tastes great and looks this good!

  32. Avocado cream!!! Enough said.

  33. I’m really into Mexican dishes and I love avocado so this has got to be a real treat. Gonna give it a try this weekend.

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