Single and Starving: Ground Beef Tostadas

Frankly, I’m broke.

And I know that I’m not alone in this. I see more than a couple people doing the Coinstar shuffle at Kroger and then blowing the proceeds on Yellowtail and rotisserie chicken. I See It.

It doesn’t have to be this way. I taught a ‘Financial Freedom’ class this week on how to stretch your food budget. All it really takes is a little planning and organizing. Thus, to help combat the season of poverty, I have a few recipes that are absolute wallet-pleasers.

This one, for Ground Beef Tostadas, is inexpensive and pretty filling. I didn’t have any canned beans on hand this go round (I’m telling you – the cupboard is BAAARE ,) but I would definitely bulk this recipe up even more with a hearty spoonful of black or pinto beans.

Ground Beef Tostadas

(serves two, or one, who am I to judge?)


2 flour burrito wraps
1 c. + 1 Tbs. vegetable oil, separated
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, smashed
cumin, cayenne pepper, and goya seasoning to taste
1/2 c. shredded cheddar
1/4 c. salsa
sour cream & cilantro to garnish


Assemble all ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring 1 c. of vegetable oil to about 350 degrees in a saute pan. Fry each tortilla shell in vegetable oil, flipping once, to achieve a crispy golden brown texture and appearance. Set aside on a baking sheet.

In another saute pan, heat 1 Tbs veg oil on medium high. Sweat garlic and onion until translucent, and add ground beef and spices. Cook beef, onions, and garlic on medium high. Taste and reseason as necessary. Before topping the tostada shell, drain beef and onions on a paper towel to eliminate extra grease.

On each tostada shell, place ground beef, salsa, and cheddar. Place in the preheated oven, and allow cheese to melt. Top with sour cream and cilantro, and enjoy your frugal feast!

Check back over the next few days for more affordable recipes featuring ground beef, including spaghetti w/ meatballs and blue cheese burgers! 

In the meantime, Richmond friends, check out these handy money-saving sites!
Richmond Bargains
RVA Deals on RVA News
Saving Our Way

Do you have a favorite money-saving recipe? I’d love to hear it…


6 responses to “Single and Starving: Ground Beef Tostadas

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  2. “I see more than a couple people doing the Coinstar shuffle at Kroger and then blowing the proceeds on Yellowtail.”


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