I love, love, love it when I can use food twice AND it really works!  Of course, this doesn’t happen often but you know what I mean.  Sometimes, leftovers just don’t work or you try to use something you’ve got in the fridge for a “round 2 meal” and your whole family goes….”really? No, it’s okay, it’s just not like what you usually fix.”  There’s not a home cook out there that hasn’t tried to stretch a dollar, make something yummy that the family will like and feel good about both.  Well…that happened last night!  Last weekend we had a great meal with the centerpiece being a beef roast.  There was a bit left over so I had to get creative.  After a little research and pantry shopping, I came up with Beef Tostadas.  The meal turned out great, the boys had seconds and Hunter deemed it “Blog Worthy”….hmmm, more about that comment later.  Anyway, here’s what I did –



Beef Tostadas

Turn leftover beef into its own meal with Beef Tostadas.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Donya | asouthernsoul.com


  • 5 cups beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 can of beans - use either pinto or black beans
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • shredded cheese


  • Shred leftover beef into small pieces using 2 forks and place in a large skillet or heavy pan. 
  • Add tomato sauce and water. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle in a packet of taco seasoning (I use Wick Fowler's - All Natural).
  • Add garlic powder and cumin.
  • Add lemon juice - just squeeze it into the pot - this make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in the taste - don't skip this.
  • Drain and rinse beans. Gently mash beans with the back of a fork until about 1/3 of amount are in small pieces.
  • Add to the meat mixture and fold together. Simmer on low heat for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Heat corn or flour tortillas on grill. 
  • When toasted, place a heaping spoonful of meat mixture on the tortilla and top with shredded cheese. 
  • When cheese is melted, remove and top with all of your favorite extras.


Extras might include...more cheese, chopped lettuce, red onion, sour cream, fresh salsa, jalapenos, guacamole, hot sauce.