Beef Tostadas with Quick Pickled Onions

Beef Tostadas with Quick Pickled Onions

I am normally not a fan of onions with my Mexican food, but these pickled onions make this dish!  The only drawback is that your kitchen will smell like you were dying Easter Eggs!!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course


  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ jalapeño seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. 90% lean ground sirloin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
  • corn tostados toasted
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup chopped, fresh cilantro leaves


  • Combine onion, vinegar, ¼ cup water, sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and jalapeño slices in a saucepan over high heat; bring to a simmer.  Cook 1 minute; remove from heat and let stand until ready to use.      
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Coat with cooking spray.
  • Add ground beef, chili powder, cumin, garlic, paprika, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to pan.
  • Cook 5 minutes or until meat is completely browned and crumbled.  Stir in oil.
  • Drain onion mixture.
  • Top tostadas evenly with beef mixture, onion mixture, sour cream, and cilantro.


Recipe from Cooking Light Magazine.