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Butternut Squash Black Bean Tostadas

Halloween is on Wednesday and we are ready. We have our pumpkins, candy, and Caleb’s costume is laid out and ready to go. Josh and I are boring parents and not dressing up. Ok, I am the boring parent. Josh keeps begging me to dress up with him, but I think my daily costume of yoga pants and no make-up is scary enough:)

I already have our Halloween dinner planned out too. I am making Butternut Squash Black Bean Tostadas for dinner. The orange butternut squash, black beans, and blue corn tortillas make this a festive meal for Halloween night. Plus, it is a healthy meal so we can eat more candy. It’s all about balance:)

Tostadas are one of our favorite meals. We probably eat tostadas once a week, either tofu, sweet potato, black bean and mango, or these butternut squash tostadas. We never get tired of tostadas for dinner. I love that they are easy to make and full of flavor.

To make the Butternut Squash Black Bean Tostadas, I roast the butternut squash in the oven with a little olive oil, cumin, fresh lime juice, salt, and pepper. I bake the corn tortillas until they are nice and crisp-no frying is necessary! I used blue corn tortillas because I wanted them to look “spooky” for Halloween. If you can’t find blue corn tortillas, yellow or corn tortillas will work just fine.

I top the crisp tortillas with the roasted butternut squash, black beans, lettuce, red onion, pepitas, and a creamy avocado dressing. You can add whatever toppings you like, but I highly recommend the pepitas-they add a nice crunch and the creamy avocado dressing is out of this world. The drizzle of dressing adds the perfect punch of flavor to finish the tostadas.

If you aren’t sure what to make for dinner on Halloween, make these Butternut Squash Black Bean Tostadas. And if you don’t have time because you are running around trying to get the kiddos in their costumes, go ahead and order pizza. I will forgive you, but promise me you will make Butternut Squash Black Bean Tostadas some night this week. They make a great fall meal!

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Butternut Squash Black Bean Tostadas

Yield: Serves 6

An easy and healthy fall meal! Feel free to add your favorite toppings to the tostadas-go crazy!


For the Tostada Shells:
6 blue corn tortillas
Cooking spray

For the Butternut Squash:
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon lime juice
Salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Creamy Avocado Dressing:
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 small jalapeño pepper, chopped and seeds removed
2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Tostada Toppings:
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed, drained, and heated
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup pepitas
Chopped Lettuce


1. To make the baked tostada shells, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray each side of the corn tortillas with cooking spray. Season with salt. Place tortillas on a large baking sheet and bake until tostadas are lightly browned and crisp on one side, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the tortillas. Place back in the oven and cook until lightly browned and crisp on the other side, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, add the butternut squash, olive oil, cumin, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Toss until squash is well coated. Spread the squash out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Place in the 400 degree F oven and roast until the squash is tender and starts to caramelize on the edges, about 30-35 minutes.

3. While the squash is roasting, make the creamy avocado dressing. Combine the avocados, buttermilk, garlic, cilantro, green onion, jalapeño, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

4. To assemble the tostadas, top a crispy corn tortilla with butternut squash, black beans, red onion, lettuce, and pepitas. Drizzle the creamy avocado dressing on top. Serve immediately.

Note-if you can't find blue corn tortillas, use yellow or white corn tortillas. Also, feel free to add your favorite toppings to the tostadas: cheese, salsa, black olives, etc.

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61 Responses to “Butternut Squash Black Bean Tostadas”

  1. Erica — October 29, 2012 @ 4:47 am

    Perfect black and orange meal!! We’re being a football team. I’m trying to keep the family costume theme going as long as Kay will allow haha. Not sure whats on the meal plan yet. Having a few over for candy giving out

  2. Rosa — October 29, 2012 @ 4:57 am

    So colorful and tempting! A great idea.



  3. Emily @ Life on Food — October 29, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    I had pumpkin and black bean tacos the other day and it was so good. I will need to try it with the squash. Perfect Halloween meal!

  4. Yum! I love black beans and Butternut squash together! Your dish looks fantastic!!

  5. anyone4curryandotherthings — October 29, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    lol, so lovely to look at. But, go on Mom, dress up!!!!!! Haloween comes only once a year. To all of you – have fun!!!!!! Ciao Carina

  6. Joanne — October 29, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    I’m not dressing up either…but I am totally down for eating these tostadas to celebrate on the 31st! Yum!

  7. Abby@ Totes Delish — October 29, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Isn’t it always about balance?? Halloween is once a year, so you might as well eat more candy…right?!

  8. bridget {bake at 350} — October 29, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    How gorgeous are those?!? Love the colors! Can’t wait to see Caleb in his costume!!!

  9. Urvashee — October 29, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Yum! I’ve been looking for something new and vegetarian to do with my butternut squash! Thanks Maria.

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 29, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    oh, i like your thinking with the scary yoga-pants-no-makeup costume. i think i’ll copy that 😉

  11. nest of posies — October 29, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    i will be trying this! – looks so good!

  12. Cassie | Bake Your Day — October 29, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    These are gorgeous, and right up my alley. I love the blue corn tortillas. I’ll be on the lookout for those!

  13. Joanie Zisk — October 29, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Looks so pretty and tasty too. My son is a vegetarian and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes for him (us) to try. Will definitely be making this one!

  14. Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 29, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    I loooooooove these. Holy cow give me like 5 billion.

  15. Valerie — October 29, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Love the natural Halloween colours! And I’m always up for any recipe that involves butternut squash.

    I think zombie food blogger may be my costume this year! A few bloody spatulas tucked into an equally bloody apron, red-tinted flour speckled over my hair and face, and of course some twine wrapped around my arms, neck and legs. 😀

  16. Cookbook Queen — October 29, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    I’m not dressing up either…tons of people have sent me preggy lady costume ideas, but no thanks. I’ll go as a “miserable pregnant lady” Sounds like a good costume, yes??

    This is such a perfect recipe for this week…healthy and yummy!!

  17. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 29, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    I’m not dressing up this year either, it’s not really my “thang” :) This looks so perfect for fall!

  18. Becky @ Project Domestication — October 29, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    I love how you changed up the usual spices for butternut squash. I know I’m going to love this…I mean who can resist that avocado dressing and black beans? I love Halloween recipes that are festive without all the fake coloring or sugar.

    Huge winner.

  19. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — October 29, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    We also eat tostadas very often, thanks for the great change up! I’ll give these a try! :)

  20. susan — October 29, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    I have a butternut squash roasting as I read your post. Love this veg take on a classic!

  21. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 29, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Heck yes! Love this recipe! That sauce on top really reels me in :)

  22. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — October 29, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    LOL. Yoga pants are my daily costume too. I love black bean and butternut squash combo but then add avocado and I’m done!

  23. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 29, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    I love how festive these are! I actually just packed sweet potatoes & black beans in my lunch today to fill a tortilla with for lunch!

  24. kristie — October 29, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    I just found your blog via pinterest. Can’t wait to make your pumpkin ginger cookies. I love soft ginger cookies too! Your blog is lovely. I will be back again. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  25. Marla Meridith — October 29, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    These look great Maria! I love butternut squash :)

  26. HeatherChristo — October 29, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    Oh my gosh Maria! I made something very similar to this yesterday! The black beans and the butternuts quash combo are awesome!

  27. Cookie and Kate — October 29, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    Love these, Maria! Yum. I’m glad I’m not the only blogger wearing yoga pants and no makeup from behind the computer screen, too. :)

  28. Liz — October 29, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    This looks ridiculously delicious! I also love tostadas and can’t wait to try these.

  29. foodwanderings — October 30, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    That tostada with seasonal squash looks wonderful!

  30. — October 30, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    this looks delicious!! and the colours are beautiful!

  31. carrian — October 30, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    Love me some butternut squash. This sounds fantastic!

  32. Joanne @Inspired Taste — October 30, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    I love how colorful these are! So pretty and perfect for Halloween week!

  33. Donna — October 30, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    LOVE your whimsical Halloween tostadas ~ So creative!

  34. Sues — October 30, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    I’m a big fan of tostadas and I love how pretty and healthy these ones are! Perfect for Halloween! Hope you’re sharing photos of Caleb in his costume :)

  35. azita — October 30, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    I’d LOVE to try this. I’m keen on butternut squash but the blue tortilla and the criss-cross avacado dressing are what make this a drooling-must-try recipe for me. Awesomeness!

  36. Jeanine — October 31, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    I’ll take a couple of these for halloween dinner! Yum, and they’re so pretty on the blue tortillas!

  37. I will most certainly be making this recipe very soon with the butternut squash in my pantry. I can taste the lime and cumin already!

  38. Julia — November 1, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Love the pairing of lime and cumin mixed w/ the butternut squash. Great recipe!

  39. Lisa | With Style and Grace — November 2, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    my kind of meal!

  40. Caitlin — November 4, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Amazing, amazing, amazing recipe. I will make this again and again. The flavor combinations are a knock out!

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