Tostada Recipe

Amber Bracegirdle | Bluebonnet Baker

Perfect for an easy meal at home or a large gathering, these vegetarian tostadas are ideal for any occasion...

Tex-Mex Tostadas

In South Texas, Tostadas are found on most every Mexican restaurant menu. Tostada quite simply means "toasted," and refers to the corn tortilla that forms the base of what amounts to a delicious, open-faced Mexican pizza.

Tostadas are simple enough to put together for a quick weeknight meal, but also pleasing when you've got a crowd. Consider a Tostada Bar for your next game day - different enough from a taco bar to be memorable, and just as easy to prepare.

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You'll start with corn tortillas, not flour, so keep that in mind as you create your grocery list. From there, toppings are your oyster; freshly made refried beans, ground meats, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, crema fresca - you name it, it is meant for a Tostada.

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Tostada Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1 large Tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Corn Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 15 ounces Refried Beans
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Guacamole


  1. Prepare the toppings first: dice tomatoes, chop lettuce, prepare guacamole, and chop cilantro. Place all toppings in individual bowls for a topping bar.
  2. Heat refried beans over low heat, slowly, stirring often. When refried beans have reached desired temperature, cover pan with a lid and turn heat to lowest simmer possible to just keep warm.
  3. Line a plate with several sheets of paper towel and set to the side of the stove.
  4. Heat oil in a large frying pan to 350°F. Dip a corn tortilla in just a bit - if it bubbles and fries, the oil is ready. Fry corn tortillas one by one, flipping them after 30 seconds or so. They should be golden brown and crispy when removed from the oil.
  5. Use tongs to remove the tortilla from the oil, letting excess drip down into the pan before placing the tortilla on the paper towels to drain. Repeat until all 8 tortillas are cooked.

To assemble the tostadas:

  1. Take a cooked tortilla and spoon 2-3 tablespoons of refried beans on it.
  2. Sprinkle with cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
  3. Top with spoonfuls of guacamole and sour cream, and top that with chopped cilantro. Eat immediately.


1. To make a non-vegetarian version of this dish, simply add your favorite taco-flavored meat on top of the refried beans, before the other two.
2. Want to make the guacamole or refried beans on your own? Give it a shot via this refried beans recipe and this guacamole recipe. Enjoy!

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Author: Amber Bracegirdle
Recipe Yields: 8 Tostadas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Tostadas
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 183
Calories 336

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
  Saturated Fat 5g
Sodium 235mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amber Bracegirdle

About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnet Baker, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".

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