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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

Tostadas served with toppings on a platter

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Serve Tostadas with Mexican Street Corn and Tacos Soup for an amazing Mexican-inspired meal.

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).

Tostada ingredients with tortillas, refried beans, ground beef and lettuce

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:

  1. Oil the Tortillas – Spray Tortillas with cooking spray or brush lightly with oil.
  2. 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 toast tostada shells

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:

  1. Bake Tostada Shells – See the easy instructions above to make the shells.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve – Spread the top with warmed refried beans, add ground beef and remaining toppings before serving.
Cooking ground beef and refried beans for tostadas

Pro Tip: Applying a layer of refried beans first will allow the other toppings to stick to the tostada.

Assembling tostada with toppings

Tostada Toppings

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
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Cheese – cotija or queso fresco
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Lime wedges to squeeze over the top
Tostada toppings on tostada shell

Common Questions

What is the difference between a tostada and a tortilla?

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.

What’s the difference between a taco and a tostada?

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.

How do you eat a tostada?

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.

Can I substitute the beef?

To make these vegetarian tostadas, you can skip the ground beef. You can also use Carne Asada or if you prefer seafood, try making the juicy shrimp from these Shrimp Fajitas or the tilapia from these Fish Tacos.

Up close crunchy tostada with toppings

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.

More Mexican Recipes

If you love Mexican foods, these are some of our all-time favorite and top-rated rates. P.S. Don’t forget the Tres Leches Cake for dessert.

Easy Tostada Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Tostadas served with lime wedges

Homemade Tostadas will make your tastebuds dance! They are so simple to make, super versatile and provide so many topping options.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$7
Keyword: homamde tostada, tostada, tostada recipe
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Main Course
Calories: 208 kcal
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Reheat the refried beans in a skillet over medium-low heat or in a microwave until steaming hot.

  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tostada Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 705mg31%
Potassium 376mg11%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 447IU9%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Judy Cindrich Myers
    June 2, 2021

    Best ever ! Best ever COOK too ! Thank you, Natasha !

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    • Natasha
      June 2, 2021

      I am so happy to hear that you loved the tostada recipe! thank you for the wonderful review.

      Reply

  • Grammie
    June 2, 2021

    Love this recipe! So tasty and filling~
    Love all of your recipes!
    Keep up the great job!
    xo

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 2, 2021

      Isn’t it the best! I’m so happy you loved it!

      Reply

  • Zoie Penick
    May 5, 2021

    Hi Natasha! My sister and I made this recipe today, for Cinco De Mayo. It was so so good 😋We torn it up! It tasted like a big nacho chip, but in a tostada form 🙌Thanks for the recipe Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 5, 2021

      Hello Zoie, you are very welcome. Thank you for your awesome reviews, we appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Mariana
    April 29, 2021

    So excited to try! For the refried beans, did you make your own or store bought?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2021

      Hi Mariana, we used store-bought for this recipe.

      Reply

  • Connie
    April 26, 2021

    We are taco lovers, so this recipe was spot on! Made for a perfect Sunday night dinner. I overlooked the part about putting the onion in with the meat mixture, so just added it to the toppings and was just fine. Thanks Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 26, 2021

      I’m so glad you gave this recipe a try, Connie! Isn’t it so good?! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Melanie Cruz
    April 25, 2021

    I have leftover pork chile verde from 2 nights ago (also your recipe- my all time favorite!). Would that be ok to use as one of the toppings? Shred the pork. Please advise. Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      April 25, 2021

      That sounds like a great idea. I love repurposing leftovers that way.

      Reply

  • Emi
    April 20, 2021

    Use shredded chicken instead of beef. Also drizzle with sour cream.
    So many possibilities

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Liz Cullinane
    April 20, 2021

    Natasha, thank you for all of the amazing recipes you share. I love your videos, always make me laugh.
    Cheers and hugs
    Liz

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! I’m all smiles especially after reading comments like this.

      Reply

  • Beth
    April 20, 2021

    Yummy! My family is going to love this recipe for dinner tonight! They look so delicious and very tasty! Excited to make these!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2021

      I can’t wait for you to try these Beth!

      Reply

  • Kara
    April 20, 2021

    Everyone in the family loved these! I forgot to buy the cotija cheese, so we used pepper jack. Still amazing!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Kara! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    April 20, 2021

    My family loves that these have beans & meat on them. They are crunchy, tasty, & a family favorite!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2021

      That’s just awesome, Natalie!

      Reply

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