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The Dinner Bar: Tostadas!

February 29, 2012 | In: Recipes, The Dinner Bar

I haven’t done a Dinner Bar in quite a while—that’s what writing Fearless Feeding has done—redirected my focus! But, you’re in for a treat–this was a big winner amongst all the kids, so I’m happy to share it with you. Let me know how it goes with your family.

Today, my daughter M requested I make tostadas. She has a close friend whose family hails from Mexico and she loves having tostadas at their house, and asked that I make them. I thought they’d be fun and easy.

Remember, The Dinner Bar is an easy smorgasbord, where you will pull together ingredients and let your children assemble their own entrée. Easy for you, fun for the kids, and the control is theirs!

You will need:


  • Tostadas
  • Rice (optional)


  • 1 can of refried beans (I used black bean)


  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream


  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Diced onion
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Salsa

Healthy Fats

  • Guacamole

Heat the tostadas in a 325 F oven, about 5 minutes, until crispy. Let your kids choose which toppings they want to include—here’s how we assembled them, but you can put them in any order you choose.

Add the beans and rice

Top with the “hots”

Add the cool ingredients

Top with condiments

And here’s one of our finished products! Everyone had a different looking tostada…what’s your favorite combo?

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3 Responses to The Dinner Bar: Tostadas!


Maureen Bligh, MA, RD

February 29th, 2012 at 11:46 am



Ashley Rosales, RD

February 29th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

This is one of my family’s weeknight dinner staples! I vary up the proteins each time (beans, shrimp ceviche, lean ground taco meat) so no one ever gets bored. We have even opted for plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream for an extra nutritional boost. Thanks for sharing such an easy, fun, tasty, nutritious meal!



April 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

thx for the idea!

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