Tostadas are a staple in Mexican cuisine, known for their versatility, vibrant flavors, and delightful crunch. Originally a way to use up stale tortillas, tostadas have evolved into a beloved dish enjoyed by many. Whether it's a casual lunch or a festive gathering, tostadas bring a taste of Mexico to your table.

tostada recipe

Ingredients List

To make delicious tostadas at home, you will need:

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 lb ground beef or shredded chicken
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings:
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Preparation Steps

Preparing the Tortillas

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Brush both sides of each tortilla with olive oil.
  3. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes, flip, and bake for another 5-7 minutes until they are golden and crispy. Set aside to cool.

Cooking the Meat

  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef or shredded chicken.
  3. Sprinkle in the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook until the meat is fully cooked and browned, about 7-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preparing the Refried Beans

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the refried beans over low heat.
  2. Stir occasionally until warmed through.

Assembling the Tostada

  1. Take one crispy tortilla and spread a layer of refried beans on top.
  2. Add a portion of the cooked meat on top of the beans.
  3. Layer with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese.
  4. Add slices of avocado and a dollop of sour cream.

Toppings and Garnishes

Enhance your tostadas with a variety of toppings and garnishes such as:

  • Pickled jalapeños for a spicy kick.
  • Fresh cilantro for a burst of freshness.
  • Lime wedges to squeeze over the top for a zesty flavor.

Serving and Enjoying

Serve your tostadas immediately to ensure they remain crispy. Arrange them on a platter with extra lime wedges and any additional toppings on the side. These are perfect for a fun, communal dining experience where everyone can customize their own tostada.


Now that you've mastered the art of making tostadas, it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Invite friends and family over, share this delicious recipe, and savor the flavors of Mexico right in your own home. Happy cooking!

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