Black Bean & Chipotle Tostadas with Crème Fraîche

Black Bean & Chipotle Tostadas with Crème Fraîche

If you love breakfast burritos or huevos rancheros, you’ll love this tostada with seasoned black beans on crispy tortillas with scrambled eggs on top. Pass salsa or hot sauce to go with it.

From EatingWell: March/April 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 30


  1. 8 5- to 6-inch corn tortillas
  2. Canola oil cooking spray
  3. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1/4 cup sliced garlic
  5. 2 cups cooked or canned, rinsed black beans (see Tip)
  6. 1/2 cup water
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, plus more for garnish
  9. 6 large eggs
  10. 2 large egg whites
  11. 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  12. 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
  13. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  14. 3 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 375°F.
  2. Coat tortillas on both sides with cooking spray. Place on 2 baking sheets. Bake, turning once, until light brown, 12 to 14 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until just beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Add beans, water and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and chipotle. Mash the mixture with a potato masher or large fork to the consistency of a chunky puree. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  4. Beat eggs, egg whites and milk in a large bowl. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the egg mixture and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, folding and stirring frequently with a heatproof rubber spatula, until almost set, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. To assemble tostadas, spread each tortilla with about 1/4 cup bean mixture. Top each with 1/4 cup scrambled eggs and sprinkle with chipotle pepper, if desired. Serve garnished with onion, cilantro and a small dollop of crème fraîche (or sour cream).

Tips & Notes

  • To cook beans from scratch: 1. Pick over 1 pound dry beans to remove any pebbles or broken beans and rinse well under cold water. Place in a large bowl, cover with 3 inches of cold water and soak for 4 to 24 hours. 2. Drain the beans and place in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, skimming off any debris that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 1 to 2 hours (cooking time will vary with the type and age of the bean). When the beans are nearly soft, stir in 1-1 1/2 teaspoons salt, to taste. Makes about 6 cups. Refrigerate leftover beans (in the cooking liquid) for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Nutrition Per Serving: 489 calories; 23 g fat (4 g sat, 11 g mono); 280 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 11 g fiber; 462 mg sodium; 607 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (43% daily value), Magnesium (28% dv), Iron (22% dv), Zinc (19% dv), Potassium (18% dv).

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 fat