Few dinners can be whipped up as quickly as a good tostada recipe. This one is my mom’s creation. She made it a few weeks ago and I loved it. I’m a big fan of these Garbanzo Bean & Avocado Tostadas because they’re tasty yet simple, healthy, and easy to make. (You can make them healthier by using oven-baked tostadas in place of fried.)
This meal will take you just a few minutes to prepare but you’ll still feel as though you created something exceptional! If you like guacamole, you will love this recipe – guacamole and chickpeas are a delicious combination.
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If you’re vegan, then you already know that chickpeas aka garbanzo beans are a vegan staple. I almost always have a few cans in our kitchen pantry. It makes my life easier than having to cook dried beans, which can be time-consuming.
I use garbanzo beans to make wraps, sandwiches, hummus, and sauces. I’ve even made whipped cream using aquafaba, which is the liquid that comes inside the can of garbanzos.
If you’re wondering why I like to use chickpeas for this recipe instead of black or pinto beans, the answer is simple. I love the taste and texture of garbanzos and I know how popular they are among people who follow a plant-based diet. To me, they feel less starchy than other beans, so I usually don’t feel as if I’ve eaten an uncomfortably heavy meal. Plus, garbanzo beans are packed with protein – 1 cup has about 39 grams of it!
If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you should know you don’t need to use meat to enjoy the flavors of Mexican cuisine. In fact, Mexican food is very vegan-friendly. Simply substitute the animal products for beans or grains, and the herbs, spices, and textures will have you forgetting about meat in no time.
For this recipe, I’m using a guacamole base. The guacamole will hold the garbanzo beans together so that they sit perfectly atop a tostada or in between two slices of bread without slipping off. (Yes – you can make a sandwich from this if you don’t want to use tostadas!)
Avocado, chopped tomatoes, red onion, lemon juice, and cilantro add crunch, flavor, and freshness to this dish. The garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper add the spice you need to make it tastier and spicier, too!
If you’ve never made guacamole before, you might feel a little intimidated with the idea but it’s actually very easy to make. You don’t need any special cooking tools, either – a regular bowl and fork will do.
You’ll find hundreds of different recipes for guacamole online because everyone prefers theirs a particular way. The recipe below is simple and traditional.
Remember, guacamole is one of those things that should be made to your liking; don’t feel cautious about adding a little more pepper, salt, or onion – just throw it in! You can always experiment until you come upon something you really enjoy. Make sure to jot down your recipe for future reference!
- 2 cans of Garbanzo Beans, drained
- 2 avocados
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- juice of 1 lemon
- Salt to taste
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 6 Tostadas
- Drain the canned Garbanzo Beans using a strainer, set aside
- Pit the ripe avocados and place them inside a bowl
- Smash the avocasdos with a fork until smooth
- Add lemon juice, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt
- Add the chopped tomato
- Add the Garbanzo Beans and gently mix all the ingredients together
- Scoop the beans and avocado mixture onto the tostadas
- Top with more chopped cilantro and salt to taste