Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 tostada)

This Tex-Mex stack gets a bright punch of color from the quick-pickled onions that are so simple you'll make them again and again. For an extra kick, top with the jalapeño slices used in the pickling brine.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine onion, vinegar, 1/4 cup water, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and jalapeño slices in a saucepan over high heat; bring to a simmer. Cook 1 minute; remove from heat, and let stand until ready to serve.

Step 2

While onion mixture cooks, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ground beef, chili powder, cumin, garlic, paprika, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to pan. Cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in oil.

Step 3

Drain onion mixture. Top tostadas evenly with beef mixture, onion mixture, sour cream, and cilantro.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Good weeknight recipe.

July 09, 2015
I thought the recipe was really solid. You can put it together in <30 minutes (limited chopping and prep) and it's quite tasty; great for a weeknight. It would also be easy to scale up. Made it according to directions though I subbed ground turkey for the ground beef. The seasoning on the meat isn't anything super special but it's good without being overwhelming. I'd probably use more next time, though results might be different with beef. Jalapeno/pepper mix was outstanding. I'd make that separately just to eat with other dishes, though I'd suggest at least doubling that part of the recipe or at least just the veggies as the recipe as written barely makes enough for 4 tostadas. I wish the recipe included directions for making tostadas. The easy way I used: preaheat oven to 400F, lightly brush medium (too big and it's hard to eat) tortillas lightly with canola oil, bake on one side for 5 minutes til lightly browned, flip, and bake 2-3 minutes til lightly browned. Will be making again soon.


August 10, 2015
This was so delicious I'm still thinking about it.  As suggested I doubled the onions because you will use them on everything.  So quick to come together.  I can't rave enough about this. 


January 07, 2016
This was fantastic.  Made just as written.  Do again and again and yes do double those onions! 

Very good

August 20, 2016
At first I thought, "Who needs a recipe for tostadas?" But the pickled onion makes an incredible difference here. My primary change was to roast a poblano pepper I had in the fridge, dice it, and add it to the meat.  I also used rounded heaping measurements of spices and saved some calories by making my own tostadas by brushing thin corn tortillas with just a dab of oil, then putting in a hot oven on a cooky sheet sprayed with cooking spray for just 3 minutes per side.  I would agree with other that doubling the onions would be a good idea because they're so delicious.


May 06, 2017
And super easy.  I took the previous reviewer's advice and doubled the onion/jalapeno.  Served with cubed avocado and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.  Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!