Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa

For a delicious tostada recipe, try Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa. What is a tostada? It’s a fried corn tortilla, topped with beans or meat, with shredded cheese, salsa, and basically anything that goes on a taco. It’s an open-faced taco, this time served with a strawberry beet salsa!

Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa

Friends, if you love tacos, then you’ll love this tostada recipe, Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa. A tostada is basically an open-faced taco, and our family loves tacos (or any Mexican dish) pretty much twice a week.

Strawberry Beet Salsa

This recipe is made with my favorite beets (yum) and strawberries, made into a delicious salsa. You can’t go wrong with Strawberry Beet Salsa! We came up with a few years ago, when we had a garden and grew our own berries and beets.

I so love this combination for spring!

How to fry corn tortillas for tasty tacos

Fry the corn tortillas (how to fry corn tortillas for tasty tacos), but fry them a little longer than you would for a taco.

Cook the beef and beans. YUM.

Assemble and serve with Strawberry Beet Salsa and Abby’s BEST Homemade Guacamole recipe – yes, please!

Best Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa

Being a connector

When it comes to hospitality and so many gatherings in our home, I’m always thinking about who should meet who.

I’ve heard people say that I’m a good connector. At first, I doubted myself. But then, as I heard it said over and over, I started to believe that it may be true. Taking a compliment from others can be hard, but we have to learn to embrace words from others (a bit of wisdom from a 50+year-old). Once I learned to not be embarrassed over this “compliment,” I started sharing my passion with others, believing that I was a connector, and then acting on it.

We love bringing people together. It’s so important to listen and think of the resources around us, or people that you know, who could actually help another person.

Connecting people together by sharing a name, introducing them, can help with healing or even a certain mission in their life. Have you ever thought about that?

Hospitality really does go further than a gourmet meal and a pretty table setting. To me those are fun, and I love to throw a last-minute table together and make it special for guests. But the heart of the matter of hospitality for me is that connection—sometimes a soul connection, a connection with words, a physical connection–is the icing on the cake.

Friends, be willing to be that conduit for others. Yes, it can be a challenge, but is ultimately rewarding for everyone! Possibly this is a new way of thinking … :)

PS. I also wrote about “food” being a good connector, here.

Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa

Now for the delicious ingredients that go with these pics … yummy Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa. I’m so glad strawberry season is here, and I cannot wait to pick up fresh beets at the Farmer’s Market! So fresh and beautiful.

Easy Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa

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Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa

You can buy precooked tostada shells in the store.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins


  • 1 medium onion about 1 cup, chopped, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Salt and pepper or taco seasoning
  • 1 can 15 oz Bush’s Black Beans
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked beets diced (I buy Love Beets, organic, cooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries diced
  • 2 Tbsp. chives finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Cholula Lime Hot Sauce optional
  • 1 large avocado mashed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 8 prepared tostada shells


  • Sautee 3/4 of the onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef, and cook another 5-7 minutes, draining off any fat after cooked. Add the cumin, salt and pepper, or season to taste.
  • Add a can of drained black beans.
  • To make the salsa, mix the diced beets, strawberries, chives, cilantro, honey and lime juice together. Hot sauce optional! Lightly salt; set aside.
  • To make the guacamole, mix the mashed avocado, sour cream, 1/4 cup onions, and lime. Season to taste.
  • Layer on top of the prepared tostada shell a thick layer of guacamole. Spoon the beef and bean mixture on top, ending with the salsa.
  • Serve.

More tostada recipes: Chili Lime Steak Fajita Tacos

Shrimp Avocado Tostadas [Dinner, Dishes, and Dessert]

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Tostadas [Aggie’s Kitchen]

Vegetarian Seven Layer Tostadas [Kalyn’s Kitchen]

Delicious Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa

This recipe was originally posted in July 2014.

8 comments on “Beef Bean Tostadas with Strawberry Beet Salsa”

  1. I love tostadas. I usually brush mine with just a bit of oil and bake them in the oven til crispy. The salsa sounds interesting. But good at the same

  2. Looks delicious, love that strawberry salsa! Thanks for linking to my tostadas!

  3. Yum, I would love that for dinner! Thanks for the shout-out for my Seven-Layer Tostadas!

  4. The beets in the salsa, raw, roasted, or pickled???

    • Thanks for pointing that out, Phil. I buy “Love Beets” organic, cooked. So you’ll want to use cooked (or cook them first). I added that to the recipe! :)

  5. That beet salsa sounds amazing!

  6. This is why I fell in love with your blog, Sandy. You offer much more than beautiful recipes; you press on us the meaningful parts of hospitality.
    I think being a connector is a wonderful thing! How cool that you have received that compliment from different people. I have a friend who is a connector and I treasure her for it. xoxo
    Looking forward to trying this, yum.
    Hugs from Oklahoma

  7. Wow! Sandy, these tostadas look amazing! I love the salsa!

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