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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas

by Teresa Finney

Prep Time: 15 minutes  |  Cook Time: about 25 minutes  |  Serves: about 4



  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 small sweet potatoes (about 15 ounces total), peeled and diced into about 1-inch cubes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ cups milk 
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounce can black beans, drained 
  • El Milagro Tostadas 
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage 
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, or preferred vinegar
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Small handful of cilantro, roughly chopped

Topping Ideas

  • Cotija cheese
  • Avocado slices
  • Pickled onions/jalapenos


  1. Make the slaw: In a small bowl whisk the vinegar and lime juice. Drizzle in the olive oil, whisking continuously. Add shredded cabbage, cilantro, and salt and pepper and toss to combine. Chill in your fridge while you prepare the sweet potatoes. 
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add diced sweet potato to the saucepan and stir. Saute the sweet potatoes in butter just until they begin to soften, about 7 minutes. 
  3. Add in a bay leaf, the milk and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to medium. Let potatoes simmer until very soft and tender, about 15-20 minutes. 
  4. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, add the drained black beans to a small saucepan with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Season with the remaining salt, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper and garlic powder, or just season to taste. Mash some of the beans using the back of a spoon and heat beans through, about 5 minutes. 
  5. Remove bay leaf from the sweet potatoes and drain most of the milk. Mash sweet potatoes and season with the remaining ground black pepper and more salt, if needed. Let cool just slightly before plating on the tostada. 
  6. Spread about ¼ cup mashed sweet potato on the tostada, then top with a big spoonful of the black beans, and pile on the slaw. 
  7. You can top the tostadas anyway you please, but crunchy slightly acidic slaw, salty cotija cheese, and creamy avocado slices make for a delicious bite.


  • Use this recipe as a guide
  • Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary
  • Taste test as you go
  • Have fun in the kitchen

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Teresa Finney is a recipe writer living in Atlanta with a passion for gardening and good food. Check out Teresa’s Twitter page for more recipes, food inspiration, and more!

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