Black Bean Tostadas with Chili Lime Dressing

Black Bean Tostadas with Chili Lime Dressing
 I’m crazy for a really great tostada, light, fresh, and crunchy with some zing!
Black Bean Tostadas with Chili-Lime Dressing
I mean really great and Black Bean Tostadas with Chili-Lime Dressing are amazing.  It’s my clone of one I used to order at a little Mexican place in Fallbrook, California.    

Black Bean Tostadas with Chili-Lime Dressing

Early in the day, I thinly sliced red onion and marinated it in red wine vinegar. Believe me, the onions are not only colorful, their flavor is amazing and totally kick these up a notch!  I also mixed up the Chili-Lime Dressing, and refrigerated both.

After a busy day it’s extra easy, getting it ready to serve. Rinse and drain black beans and corn. Shred lettuce and cilantro, chop tomatoes, (or I used cherry tomatoes this round) and shred cheese. Drain black olives too.

I like to serve it with chips and My Three Boys Salsa and guacamole.
 I buy crispy tostada shells, nice and easy

Now layer, layer, layer!

Place a shell on each plate. Add drained black beans, corn and shredded cheese.
Microwave for 60 seconds.
Continue to layer, lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, black olives and red onion rings.
Black Bean Tostadas with Chili-Lime Dressing
Serve vegetarian or top with grilled chicken, if desired, and drizzle tostadas with chili-lime dressing. Be sure to pass all your favorite toppings, sour cream and guacamole for sure!

Black Bean Tostadas with Chili Lime Dressing
I'm crazy for a really great tostada, light, fresh, and crunchy with some zing! Black Bean Tostadas with Chili-Lime Dressing are amazing.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6-8 tostadas
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 pkg. prepared tostada shells
  • 3 cans rinsed and drained black beans
  • 2 cans drained corn
  • 1 head shredded lettuce, I use romaine
  • 5 chopped tomatoes, or grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb. shredded jack cheese
  • 1 can pitted black olives
  • 3-4 grilled chicken breast, optional
For Chili-Lime Dressing
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. sugar (or stevia)
  1. Early in the day, thinly slice red onion and marinate in vinegar.
  2. Mix up Chili-Lime Dressing and chill.
  3. Rinse black beans and drain well. Add drained corn.
  4. Shred lettuce, chop cilantro, chop tomatoes, and shred jack cheese.
  5. Drain black olives.
  6. To assemble each tostada layer: shell, black beans and corn, and shredded cheese.
  7. Microwave for 60 seconds.
  8. Continue to layer with: lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, olives and red onion rings.
  9. Add grilled chicken breast, if desired.
  10. Drizzle with Chili-lime Dressing.
  11. Serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
For Chili-lime Dressing
  1. Mix and chill.

Try these yummy Black Bean Tostadas and tell me how you like the marinated red onion.  Grilled onions would be so good too.  What would you add?

It’s always so nice to have you stop by.  Thanks and have a cheery day!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Joe Ambrosino

    Nice Gnee, a great post to read too. Good luck to all your nest builders.

  2. KatiePerk

    Well this dinner looks amazing! ANd I will make it for my pregnant friends when they are on the verge! Congratulations! Hope everyone is doing well!

  3. LDH

    Your family favorite looks really good!

  4. Ott, A.

    that looks soo good. I dont’ know why but the older I get the more I like Mexican food. Ummmm….. good!!!

  5. Haupi

    I’m fascinated with birds and their nests too, so I completely understand. Cooking with lime is something that competely escapes me. I usually use it for drinks. But since it won’t be too much of an investment I’m going to try this chili-lime dressing over something similiar to what you made since it looks so delicious! Wish me luck!

    @ Hauplight

  6. Julie

    This looks so good. I love all of the flavors. Congratulations on the new grandson!

  7. Julie Harward

    Oh Gnee…I am SO HAPPY for little baby bird, safe in the nest with many family members to love and take care of him! Nothing is as wonderful as a new baby!!!
    This recipe looks so yummy too…and I do not like those birds, they make such a mess on a house! LOL 😀

  8. Debbie

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I was totally not expecting the surprise at the end.

    Now, you’re going to have to rename that dish “Grandbaby Ole” or something fun like that.

  9. Rene'

    The birds sound really cute! Plus, I love the recipe I’ve never tried the flat shells you shared in the picture. I’ll have to look for those!

  10. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

    Your tostadas look utterly yummy!

  11. Melinda

    Congratulations on that precious new grand baby! (And that chili – lime dressing looks amazing!)

  12. Pam

    I love black beans, I love cilantro…I think I love all the ingredients in this tostada. lol This is being bookmarked as we speak and thanks for sharing your recipe. Pam @ Sallygoodin

  13. Amber

    I think this is going to be out dinner tonight (with a few adjustments I don’t want to stop at the store)do you think it would work with lemon instead of lime?

  14. Melissa

    That looks wonderful, and I like your photos!

  15. HoosierHomemade

    Thanks for linking up to Blog Party! If you have a second, would you mind adding your link to the Delicious Dishes linky party? Right now it’s on the Crafts/DIY linky.
    Thanks much!

  16. Danelle

    This looks so yummy! And congratulations on your new grandson!

  17. Jerri

    Great recipe! I love the variety of toppings!Also, Congrats on the new grandbaby!

    Thanks for joining me for Friday Favorites!

  18. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace

    LOVE this recipe and the chili lime sauce looks wonderful! Thanks for linking to TMTT.


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