Avocado Tostadas

I am so excited for the holidays! Christmas Eve is only a few days away.  I’m done wrapping presents, and I am getting the house in order. I’m looking forward to spending time with family and relaxing a bit too.


On Sunday, I went over to my grandma’s house (we call her Mama) and I learned how to make traditional North German bread called ‘Stuten.’ It’s a yeast bread with butter, golden raisins and traditionally lard. Obviously, I left the lard out. I wrote down all the measurements while we were baking. Now I can make Stuten every Christmas.

The Stuten has just a hint of sweetness and tastes great with a thin layer of butter. I also like to eat it with some thinly sliced Gouda. Mama is a wonderful baker, and she never measures anything. I love her apple cake and gooseberry cake as well.  I’ll probably post the recipe, but I want to get Mama’s permission first.

This weekend I am continuing my holiday baking. I want to make a few varieties of Christmas cookies. I’ll probably make some Spritz cookies and maybe try a new recipe. I seem to have misplaced my 1/3 cup dry measuring cup. It’s kind of annoying, because now I have to buy a whole new set.

world market measuring cups and spoons

I may use it as an excuse to buy these measuring cups and spoons. So pretty. They are from World Market, and aren’t that expensive.

We’ve experienced some very un-Christmas-like weather in the Chicago area. I still have tons of herbs in my garden. I used a bunch of parsley to make the chimichurri sauce for these avocado tostadas.

vegan avocado tostadas

I always order the black bean tostadas at Chicago Diner, but this time I made a mental note to figure out how to make them at home. This recipe has a lot of ingredients, but none of the steps are complicated.

The chimichurri sauce is really flavorful. I served it on the side in souffle cups. I think it’s strange that they are called souffle cups. Billy grew up working at his family’s restaurant, and that’s what they called them. Who is baking tiny soufflés in these cups? Anyway, if you want to save time, you could skip the chimichurri sauce and serve the tostadas with your favorite salsa instead.

vegan avocado tostadas

Avocado Tostadas
Vegetarian, Vegan


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 16 ounce can refried black beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 6 tostadas
  • Chimichurri Sauce (recipe follows)


  1. Cook quinoa in vegetable broth according to package directions.
  2. In a pan over medium heat, sauté onion and pepper until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, stir together refried beans and taco seasoning. Cook over medium-low heat, until warmed through.
  4. To prepare tostadas, top them with refried beans, quinoa, pepper mixture, lettuce, tomato and then avocado. Serve with chimichurri sauce on the side.

Chimichurri Sauce
Adapted from Epicurious


  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Process in a food processor or blend in a blender until smooth.

5 thoughts on “Avocado Tostadas

    • I love the Chicago diner too, but I have never had the sweet potato quesadillas. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

      Thank you so much for the compliment on my photography. It’s challenging trying to take pictures when it’s so dark outside! I love that silverware too – I picked up a few pieces of it at the Chicago Antique and Resale shop. Very cool place if you’re ever back in Chicago.

      • What a fun store — I bet you could spend hours in there. I’ve got a trip to Chicago lined up for April, so maybe I’ll drag my husband there one day🙂

        Thanks for the tip!

  1. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try these and the mexican stuffed shells. I didn’t realize you were in Chicago! We’ll be visiting there in January with a 2 year old so if you have any recommendations that would be great🙂 We’ll be in the Residence Inn near the river, I think…if that helps! Love your blog!

    • Too funny, I work right by that hotel! I’d recommend checking out one of the Karyn’s restaurants. Karyn’s Cooked is one of my favorites, and it is walking distance from your hotel. I like their taco wrap a lot. Frontera Grill is really good and close by too, but I’m not sure you’ll find anything vegan there. For fast food/lunch, I like Protein Bar, Hannah’s Bretzel and Wow Bao a lot. You can hop on the el and go to one of the Chicago Diner locations. That will give you a chance to see some of the neighborhoods too. Other than food, Chicago has a lot of really amazing museums. The Art Institute is my favorite and it’s free on Tuesdays. Ice skating in Millenium Park is fun too, but not sure how that would work with a 2 year old.


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