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Tostada Grande

on January 27, 2017

I think this recipe for Tostada Grande originally came from a magazine Grandma used to get called “Farm Wife News”. It had articles, crafts, and recipes in it, and Grandma would always pass it along to me and my mom to read when she was done with it. Once in a while I would copy down a recipe, and this is one that I’m so glad I copied. It’s quick and easy to make and it’s so good! This has become another one of my family’s favorites, and it’s requested A LOT! I just make two pans of this now whenever I make it. If we’re lucky, there will be leftovers, but that hardly ever happens. Well, it never happens. Ever. No doubt about it, this is real comfort food.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Tostada Grande

In a large skillet, brown:

1 pound ground beef, drained

Stir in:

2 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix (1/2 of a package)

8 ounce can tomato sauce

4 ounce can diced green chilis, drained

3-4 drops Tabasco Sauce

Heat until hot and bubbly.

Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until mixture thickens.

Lightly grease 9″ or 10″ pie pan.

Separate and arrange in pan:

8 ounce can Crescent Dinner rolls or biscuits

Press rolls over bottom and up sides of pan to form crust.

Spread over crust:

1 can refried beans

Top with meat mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until crust is golden.

Sprinkle immediately with:

4 ounces grated cheddar cheese

It can go back into the oven for a minute or two if the cheese doesn’t melt.

Garnish with:

1/2  head lettuce, shredded

1 large tomato, chopped

1 small onion, chopped


Sour cream


Sometimes you have to really work the crescent rolls like puzzle pieces and just fit them in there to cover the bottom of the pie pan.


Then smear on the refried beans.


Next – on goes the ground beef and then into the oven with it.


Once it’s done baking, don’t forget to sprinkle on the shredded cheddar cheese. It comes out of the oven golden brown and ready for the garnishes.


I used green onions on top here with the salsa and sour cream, and I did manage to get a quick photo before this piece disappeared before my eyes.


It’s so pretty and so quick and easy to make and so delicious! Try this comfort food and your family will thank you! Trust me, you’ll be making a double batch in no time – and I bet there won’t be any leftovers.





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