These grilled vegetable and black bean tostadas with avocado cream are a great summer meal!

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

  • melissa

    These look terrific!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Rosemary Mullally

    That’s just pretty!

  • Sharyn Dimmick

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

  • Sihi

    Oh that looks just delicious!


  • Roger Stowell

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

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    This sounds amazing!

  • Carly @ Snack Therapy

    You had me at “avocado cream.”

  • Laura Dembowski

    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.

  • fabiola@notjustbaked

    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!

  • Choc Chip Uru

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

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Valerie

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

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

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

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

  • Tania @ A Perfect Pantry

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

  • Riley

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

  • Simply Life

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

  • Jenn and Seth

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

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings

    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!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies

    That avocado cream sauce looks like the perfect touch!

  • lizzie – strayed from the table

    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.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

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

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I love everything about these tostadas!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

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

  • yummychunklet

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

  • Becca from It’s Yummilicious

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

  • Erin @ The Food Doctors

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

    • Savory Simple

      I just brushed them with oil and put them in the oven! They naturally curved up like that.

  • Lisa

    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!

  • Anne@FromMySweetHeart

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

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    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~

  • Carolyn Chan

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

  • kristy @ the wicked noodle

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

  • Baker Street

    Avocado cream!!! Enough said.

  • LindaS

    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.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Be sure to let me know what you think! Thanks so much for stopping by :)