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Grilled Vegetable and Black Bean Tostadas with Avocado Cream

These grilled vegetable and black bean tostadas with avocado cream are a great summer meal!
Cook Time29 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 tostadas
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


For the beans:

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • a handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • a pinch of black pepper

For the avocado cream:

  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil or any neutral flavored oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher 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 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 poblano pepper, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced into 1/2 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


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.
  • Brush the corn tortillas with a bit of oil, sprinkle lightly with salt and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the beans: In a medium bowl, combine the black beans, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Prepare the avocado cream: In a sturdy blender or food processor, puree the avocado, lime juice, grapeseed oil and sweetener until smooth. Set aside.
  • Brush all vegetables lightly with oil and a sprinkle of salt.
  • 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.
  • Grill the rest of the veggies on both sides until tender and lightly charred.
  • 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.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 71.8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.7mg