Slow Cooker Beef Tostadas Recipe
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Slow Cooker Beef Tostadas Recipe

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I dedicate these slow-simmered tostadas to my husband, the only Italian man I know who can’t get enough of Mexican flavors. Pile on your best toppings. —Teresa DeVono, Red Lion, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 beef top round steak (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 tostadas: 372 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 602mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. Place the first seven ingredients in a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Cut steak in half and sprinkle with salt and pepper; add to slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat; cool slightly. Shred meat with two forks. Return beef to slow cooker and stir in cilantro; heat through. Spritz both sides of tortillas with cooking spray. Place in a single layer on baking sheets; broil 1-2 minutes on each side or until crisp. Spoon beef mixture over tortillas; top with lettuce, tomato, cheese and, if desired, sour cream. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Beef Tostadas in Taste of Home April/May 2016, p33

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meaganteal User ID: 814898 254245
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"This came out so tender!! We were a little concerned it would dry up b/c there was not any liquid added, but within two hours, there was a nice natural broth. We didn't care for the tortillas, so we might just use them as taco shells next time, or on top of a salad. We tend to like lots of spices, and found this to be a little on the bland side. However, great texture and very easy to make. I made quacamole and charro beans."

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 249377
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2016

"I thought this would be too hot given the amount of spicy and hot ingredients, but it turned out to be real tasty. Using a small amount in a serving, along with adding the tortillas and veggies, can moderate the heat. Will definitely want to make again!"

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 249154
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

"Yummy and easy to prepare-nice for a summer evening's dinner"

sands351 User ID: 1036170 247857
Reviewed May. 4, 2016

"Hubby and I liked the flavor of this very much. I will make these again but I will choose a different cut of meat. The round steak got tough in the slow cooker and I only cooked it a couple of hours instead of the 6 - 8 hours as listed in the recipe. But the flavor was good."

BilliePock User ID: 8314002 245739
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"Made this tonight!!! So good!! So easy!! This meat would be great wrapped in a flour tortilla also and eaten like a burrito. The options are endless with this."

maricam3 User ID: 6535799 245425
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"The beef comes out perfectly seasoned. I put the beef mixture over a bed of lettuce, and ate it like a salad."

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