I don’t usually share recipes because I always feel like I just copy what everyone else does. However, today, I made this fabulous meal that didn’t cost too much and tasted fantastic, so I thought I’d share.

I went to dinner with at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s house on Sunday (that would be Jared’s brother and his wife…that just seems to be a mouthful any way you put it…), and they made fantastic tacos. I’ve been craving them ever since. The thing is, I hate eating tacos. Lemme splain. I love tacos, but taco shells make me angry. They’re messy, and hard to bite, and they always scratch up my mouth. Dan and Jill had tostada shells, which are basically flat taco shells. This was a win because I could actually eat it. Last night, Jared and I went shopping. Thus, an ingredient list was born:

1 lb beef (I usually buy 70/30 so it’s a little unhealthy)

1 can Ro*Tel diced tomatos and green chilies (you could probably do something else, but these are so good!)

1 can refried beans

Hard Tostada shells (any brand will do, but if you look by the tortillas, you can usually find Arizona made ones that are fantastic)

Misc/optional items:

grated cheese, sour cream, guacamole, onions, lettuce, anything you’d like on a taco

So, having somewhat of an idea of what exactly I wanted to do with all of these things, I started cooking. And thus were born

The Best Tostadas Ever Made by Amber Bienz, Ever

Cook the beef in taco powder flavoring (taco bell flavoring is the best, but you can use any taco flavoring)

Pour in tomatos and green chilies  and let it simmer

Warm up again and add can of beans

Spread on tostada, add whatever toppings you wish, and have a fiesta in your mouth

Serves 4

So, I guess that’s it. I thought I’d share. It’s pretty inexpensive and there’s a lot of it. Yay! This also makes a pretty sweet dip for tortilla chips if you want something simple. You could even put it on a burrito. It’s pretty much an all purpose recipe for people like me who love good tasting food but don’t have a ton of money. Plus, in the grand scheme, there is a lot of nutrition, and it fills you up fast. Go try it now!