Grilled Vegetable and Black Bean Tostada with Avocado Cream & a Giveaway!

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Hi friends! Happy Monday! I’m still in Las Vegas doing some work so I have the lovely Jen from Savory Simple here to share this amazing grilled vegetable and black bean tostada recipe with avocado cream.

Don’t it look incredible? Oh, but not only that! I also have a GIVEAWAY for y’all so you can make your own favorite Mexican inspired dishes at home! Before we get to that, I want to introduce Jen, a featured August sponsor!

This girl is seriously talented in the kitchen and behind the camera. Just one glance at her photographs and you’ll completely get it. Her dishes are inspiring, innovative and creative. Plus, her blog is fun to read and as a culinary school graduate, she has such a fabulous perspective on food and ingredients. So please give Jen a big warm welcome and check out these amazing tostadas!

Grilled Vegetable and Black Bean Tostada with Avocado Cream

Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 tostadas

Ingredients:

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 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 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

Directions:

  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 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.

AND now for the giveaway! The amazing people at MexiAmerica sent me a box filled with all different kinds of tortillas to play around with, like whole wheat, honey wheat and gluten-free, to name a few!

Tortillas, especially corn, are a low fat, healthy way addition to any meal. Plus, most tortillas are lower in carbs and calories than traditional bread, so swap your sandwich bread for a whole wheat tortilla and make a wrap instead! So, how can you win an entire box of fabulous tortillas and wraps? Follow the prompts below!

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Comments

  1. Posted by kjpugs on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    I never think of using tortillas like this... I'm always using them IN recipes like quesadillas and enchiladas but what a great idea to do tostadas! I have a hard time picking tortillas at the store so this is a great item to share with readers!
  2. Posted by Lisa Petrillo on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    Looks delicious! I always stick to corn tortillas, so I would love to try some new variations. Thanks for the giveaway!
  3. Monday, August 20th, 2012
    We LOVE taco salad.
  4. Posted by Liz Marie on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    YUM! This looks so good and LOVE the avocado cream!!
  5. Posted by Kim Daly on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    Looks delicious.I'll eat avocado any way, but this is so different .. and fun!
  6. Posted by Allison Sullivan on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    Tacos, tacos, and more tacos! Oh wait...nachos too.
  7. Posted by Sara on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    Love love love avocado cream!
  8. Posted by Keriann Hespeler on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    I love to make Chicken Tamale Casserole. When we go out I like Mole Chicken. Mmmmm...and Nachos, yes, I love nachos.
  9. Posted by christina on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    Black beans, avocado, grilled veggies?!? SOLD!! These look incredible :)
  10. Posted by Valerie on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    Anything with black beans, grilled vegetables, and of course, avocado, has to be good! All healthy food should look this appealing. :)
  11. Posted by What Micky Eats... on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    A favorite I make is Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas. My dad and my husband love it!
  12. Monday, August 20th, 2012
    These look amazing Jen! I love those tostada shells and I'm pretty sure I could drink that avocado cream!
  13. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    I'm totally craving one of these tostadas for dinner - love!
  14. Posted by Kara on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    I love to make enchiladas!
  15. Posted by Renata on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    I love burritos with chicken and beans topped with cheese and avocado!
  16. Posted by Megan P. on
    Monday, August 20th, 2012
    When I'm having a sweets craving I like warming up a tortilla and rolling it up with a little butter, cinnamon and sugar. Delicious!
  17. Posted by Jennifer Drummond on
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    Ohhh, your tostadas look delish! Love avocado cream topping!!
  18. Posted by Nelly Rodriguez on
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    Love making enchiladas!
  19. Posted by Steve Davis on
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    Love Beef Tostadas!!
  20. Posted by Corisa on
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    Burritos ! I freeze them to eat throughout the week too!
  21. Posted by Bianca Garcia on
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    I make quesadillas often and would love to win!
  22. Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    I love fish and shrimp tacos - with extra avocado!
  23. Posted by Georgiana on
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    My family loves chicken tacos with all the Mexican toppings! Yum!
  24. Posted by Ray on
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    Veggie burritos with black beans avocados tomatoes and lots of cheese!
  25. Posted by Tricia H. on
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
    Love me some mexican! If it involces black beans & tortillas I'm in. =)
  26. Posted by justonecookbook on
    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
    I agree, I love Jen's blog for her delicious food and photography! I want to make this for lunch this week or maybe next week. Looks so healthy and delicious. I love the avocado cream on top. YUM!!
  27. Posted by Larisha (We're Parents!?) on
    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
    i love burritos and tacos and beans & rice (anything mexican really!!)
  28. Posted by Sarah H.P. on
    Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
    I adore tortillas so this sounds right up my street!!
  29. Posted by Sarah H.P. on
    Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
    I love to make simple quesadillas with cheese and veggies!
  30. Posted by Manda Overturf on
    Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
    I like tacos!
  31. Posted by Katie on
    Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
    Favorite Mexican dish = this super veggie lentil taco recipe: http://www.hungry-runner.com/post/20064402416/super-veggie-lentil-tacos-recipe
  32. Posted by WSIEFBT on
    Saturday, August 25th, 2012
    I love a guestposts, it's such a blast and she you're right, she looks like a lovely girl, but her recipe is even more lovely :) Have a great time in LV!