Easy Tostada Recipe
Homemade Tostadas are so satisfying and easy to make. These are loaded with refried beans, beef, and all of the best tostada toppings
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What is a Tostada?
A Tostada (pronounced tuh-staa-duh) is a flat and crunchy tortilla, loaded up with the best taco toppings. The word Tostada means “toasted”. It refers to the crispy tortilla that has been either toasted or deep fried. The crispy tortilla is then piled with your favorite toppings.
Tostadas are a popular dish in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. The name is used for any dish that uses the toasted tortilla as the base. In Mexico, tostadas are often served with any fresh protein or they are also eaten as snacks or sides to other dishes, such as pozole or soup (they are so yummy with Chicken Tortilla Soup).
How to Make Tostada Shells
You can buy crunchy “tostadas” or prepare your own. Tostada shells can be made by either baking or frying. We prefer to bake the tortillas as a healthier option that still gets crispy. It’s a super simple process:
- Oil the Tortillas – Spray Tortillas with cooking spray or brush lightly with oil.
- Bake the Tortillas – Lay the tortillas flat on a baking sheet and bake at 415˚F, flipping halfway, and bake until they turn crispy and golden.
How to Assemble Tostadas
Making tostadas is quick and easy. Prepare the toppings in advance, to make your process even simpler. Follow these easy steps to make your tostadas:
- Bake Tostada Shells – See the easy instructions above to make the shells.
- Make the Taco Meat – Cook the ground beef in a skillet, breaking it up with a spatula. Season the beef with garlic powder, taco seasoning and salt, to taste. Add the diced onion and continue cooking until the onion is soft and translucent, and beef is fully cooked.
- Prepare the Toppings – Heat refried beans in a skillet on the stove or in the microwave. Prep and chop the rest of your tostada toppings.
- Serve – Spread the top with warmed refried beans, add ground beef and remaining toppings before serving.
Pro Tip: Applying a layer of refried beans first will allow the other toppings to stick to the tostada.
There are so many tostada topping options! You can use both hot and cold ingredients. Our recipe includes some of our favorites, but you can use whatever you’d like or what you already have on hand. You can’t go wrong with:
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Cheese – cotija or queso fresco
- Pico de Gallo
- Lime wedges to squeeze over the top
A tostada is made out of a tortilla that has been baked or fried to get golden, crispy, and crunchy. It’s similar to a tortilla chip, except that a tostada is the whole tortilla vs cut into triangles for chips.
A tostada is flat and served on a crispy tortilla shell, while tacos are folded using soft corn or flour tortillas. The toppings used are similar for both tacos and tostadas. A tostada is like an open-faced crispy taco.
You simply bite into a tostada the way you would with a pizza. Tostadas can get a little messy so serve these over plates. Keep a fork nearby to scoop up any of the toppings that fall off.
Homemade Tostadas are so easy to make. You can also prep the ingredients ahead if you were serving them for a party and let guests build their own Tostadas.
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Easy Tostada Recipe
Homemade Tostadas will make your tastebuds dance! They are so simple to make, super versatile and provide so many topping options.
- 10 corn tortillas or prepared tostadas
- 16 oz lean ground beef
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 10 oz refried beans
- 2 cups iceberg lettuce chopped
- 1/2 cup cotija cheese, or queso fresco crumbled
- 1 cup tomatoes chopped
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 cup pico de gallo or salsa
- 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
Preheat the oven to 415°F. Spray the corn tortillas on both sides with oil. Lay them flat on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 4 minutes and flip them over and bake for another 5 minutes or until the tortillas are crispy and golden.
Cook the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat and break it apart with your spatula. Season with garlic powder, salt and taco seasoning. Add the diced onion and cook until the onion is translucent and the beef is fully cooked.
Reheat the refried beans in a skillet over medium-low heat or in a microwave until steaming hot.
To assemble, top each tostada with refried beans, ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and pico de gallo or salsa. Sprinkle some cheese and cilantro on top. Serve right away.