Tangy, creamy, crunchy, smoky, seasoned vegetarian goodness on a perfectly crisp little corn tortilla disk. Cauliflower Black Bean Tostadas to the rescue!
- 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- salt and olive oil
- 1 package taco seasoning (I like Siete brand)
- 1 14–ounce can refried black beans (I like Amy’s brand)
- 8–10 small corn tortillas (I like Mission street tacos tortillas)
- 1/4 cup of vegetable or canola oil
- pickled red onion (see notes)
- queso (I like Queso Mama brand – the green chile variety)
- Preheat the oven to 425. Arrange the cauliflower florets on a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast for 25-30 minutes until browned and tender. Add taco seasoning directly to the pan; toss with the cauliflower using tongs until it’s well coated. (You might not need a full taco seasoning packet for this.) Return to the oven for 5-10 minutes to get it nice, soft, and roasty-delicious.
- Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet. You want the oil to be hot enough so that a speck of water dropped in will sizzle across the top. Add your tortillas to the oil, a few at a time depending on size, and fry for a few minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. Place on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil, and repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Top tortillas with warmed black beans, roasted cauliflower, cilantro, pickled onion, and warmed queso. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice as needed / wanted. OMG. Crunchy, creamy, tangy, and so darn good.
For the pickled red onion: thinly slice one red onion (I use a mandoline to get it very thin) and place in a jar. Fill about 1/3 of the way with white vinegar. Fill the rest of the way with water. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Shake to combine. Refrigerate; onions will be “pickled” and ready to eat in about 1 hour. Keeps in the fridge for 3-5 days.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired
Keywords: tostada recipe, cauliflower black bean, vegetarian tostada