Budget Menu Monday:Black Bean Tostadas

Today I start a new monthly feature on budget dinner recipes for families of 4. I decided to do this for a variety of reasons:

  1. Most of the cheap dinner recipes I see on pinterest or other websites are often not balanced meals. They may be filling, but they aren’t meeting the MyPlate suggested meal nutrition. The recipes featured here will be.
  2. A lot of the recipes online require one big shopping trip where you spend $200+ to make many cheaper meals. While this is a great way to save money and eat healthy, not everyone has the ability to do bulk shopping that way, to store frozen foods, or has the time to prep meals that way. The recipes on my blog will be simple one-shot meals.
  3. As a vegetarian, I struggled to find affordable recipes when I was younger. The recipes in my feature will be largely vegetarian or pescatarian recipes.
  4. I do not buy brand name foods, or do extreme couponing. Again, I don’t have time.

Without further ado:

 Black Bean Tostadas

Ingredients:2015-01-01 16.42.57

  • 1 package corn tortillas
  • 2 can black beans (I used Cuban black beans here)
  • 1/2 head of lettuce, shredded
  • 2 roma tomatos, diced
  • Canola Oil

Splurge Items:

  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese


  1. Cover the bottom of a frying pan with just barely enough canola oil for it to be glistening. Heat on medium.2015-01-01 16.45.28-1
  2. In a separate pot, heat a can of black beans.
  3. Using a pair of tongs, place the corn tortilla in the oil. After about 15 seconds you should see it start to bubble. Flip and heat the other side.2015-01-01 16.50.36-1
  4. Place each tortilla on a plate with a paper towel to remove extra oil.
  5. When you are done cooking tortillas, top with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream.2015-01-01 17.05.45-1
  6. Eat up!