Walking Tostada

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 8, 2012

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The name of this recipe – Walking Tostada – should be reason enough to make it! What the heck is that, a walking tostada? And what evil genius came up with that name for what is essentially a crazy multilayered bean dip?

Walking Tostada recipe cardAs you can see from the 1980s recipe card penned by my mother, we had this for Thanksgiving 1981. I’m sure it was an appetizer, which would have disappeared quickly into the four gaping maws of me and my brothers, all in our 20s at that time.

These days, my family enjoys this AS dinner, not as an appie BEFORE dinner. We’ll have a salad or some other veggie alongside, and we all use tortilla chips to dip out our dinner.

Walking Tostada collage

Beans first, sour cream next, then guacamole and green chiles.

Walking Tostada collage 2

Next goes cheese, then tomatoes (I used yellow tomatoes in this version), then olives and cilantro.

Walking Tostada up close

Assemble and serve at room temperature. If making ahead, store in the refrigerator.

It’s fun and delicious. Isn’t that what a family dinner should be?

Recipe: Walking Tostada

Summary: Call this a 9-layer bean dip, or a Walking Tostada — either way it makes a substantial party appetizer or a delicious family dinner. We had it for July 4th with red, white and blue tortilla chips!


  • 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans (my latest favorite is Rosarita No Fat Green Chile & Lime flavor)
  • 1 cup sour cream (I like Daisy brand low-fat, and I stir in a shake of ground cumin)
  • Guacamole (made from 2 ripe avocados, lime juice, crushed garlic clove and a squirt of green taco sauce)
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) or more grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped or sliced black olives (sometimes I use green olives)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Scoopers: Tortilla chips


  1. In a 12- by 8- or 13- by 9-inch dish, layer refried beans (heated if you like), using an offset spatula to make it easy. Layer the sour cream, then the guacamole, then green chiles, scallions, tomatoes, cheese, olive and finally the chopped cilantro.
  2. Serve at room temperature with tortilla chips as dippers.
  3. Serves 4-6.


Helen Reinhold, circa 1981

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4-6
Culinary tradition: Mexican (ish)

  • Walking tostada on ShockinglyDelicious.com

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie@Angie's Recipes July 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

This is really delicious!


Dorothy July 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thanks, Angie!


Katy July 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

oh my, this looks deeelicious!


Laura Hunter July 9, 2012 at 1:52 am

This looks so good, but I better make sure I make it when I have guests or I might eat it all myself. 🙂


Kim Bee July 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Oh my gosh, this looks fantastic. I just want to swim in it.


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips July 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm

My little guy would love this! Me too!


Mama F July 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Yum! We end up having something like this for dinner at least one night a week! We will have to try your recipe!


twitter_ssunithi July 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

love the step by step instructions ! You make it look so easy 🙂 Love the combo of good stuff that goes on the chip and your blog name too !!!!


Heather @girlichef July 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

Yum, what a fun and delicious dish. I know it would get devoured in no time flat around here. Saving to surprise the kids with!


diabeticFoodie July 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

This plus a salad sounds like the perfect dinner to me! What a record-keeper your mother was. I can’t remember what I had Thanksgiving 2011 🙂


Laura @ Family Spice July 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

Oh, yeah – I’m coming to your house for dinner, Dorothy! This is totally my kind of meal!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen July 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

The perfect layered food to have around and, get a tostada, load it and walk away eating it! And then repeat again


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) July 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

I love layered bean dip…it’s great to take to a party since it can feed a crowd, but LOVE the idea of serving it family-style for dinner!


Elizabeth @Mango_Queen July 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

That’s an amazing tostada~ love it! Thanks for visiting my blog & sharing your #SS !


Nicole July 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

This looks fabulous! Yum! I love the title – Walking Tostada – so cute! We will definitely be making this soon!!


Jennie @themessybakerblog July 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

This dish looks amazing! Dip is one of my favorite things to eat, and I can make a meal out of dip alone. Happy #SundaySupper!


Renee July 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

Oh yea! Bring me a bag of chips and the whole tray of this dip. Nom nom nom.


Jen @JuanitasCocina July 8, 2012 at 7:33 am

Oh yes! I’m pinning and making this ASAP! YUM!


Amber July 8, 2012 at 6:31 am

I LOVE this recipe! Anything with guac is my favorite! I will be making your moms 1981 recipe very soon!


Cindys Recipes July 8, 2012 at 6:08 am

Looks yummy!


Family Foodie July 8, 2012 at 5:40 am

Love this recipe and so will my kids! Thanks for sharing during #SundaySupper! Love that you are part of our Mission!


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