Guest Post – Tostadas Verdes – a quick meal

Today’s  post is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of Ro*Tel. For more easy appetizer and dinner recipes, from queso dip to enchiladas, visit

It’s no secret that kids and vegetables aren’t always the most natural combination, which means that sometimes it can take a little creativity to get greens and produce into your child’s stomach. For many kids, a plate of steamed veggies just doesn’t look all that great, so figuring out ways to incorporate good-for-you foods into meals in fun and interesting ways can be a lifesaver for parents.

One of the best ways to get kids excited about not-so-exciting foods is to have them actually help out with cooking the meal.  These tostadas verdes are a great meal to get kids involved in; not only do they resemble kid-favorite tacos but they’re also incredibly easy to make. Tostadas fall into the “build-it-yourself” category of Mexican recipes, where everyone gets to pick their own toppings and customize their tostadas to their preferences. Form an assembly line on your kitchen counter and have everyone pile on his or her own toppings for a fun way to pack lots of nutrients into your dinner. Enjoy!

Tostadas Verdes
  • 2 16 oz Rosarita® Vegetarian Refried Beans
  • 1 10 oz can Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, drained, liquid reserved
  • 2 medium avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 12 tostada shells
  • 4 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • 1 7 oz can salsa verde
  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 limes, each cut into 4 wedges
  1. Stir together beans and liquid from tomatoes in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes or until hot.
  2. Mash avocados in a medium bowl, leaving them slightly chunky. Stir in drained tomatoes and onion to make guacamole.
  3. Spoon about ⅓ beans onto each tostada shell. Top each with lettuce, guacamole, salsa verde, cheese and cilantro. Serve each with a lime wedge.


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