Mexican Tostadas

Mexican tostadas are open-faced, toasted tortillas topped with refried beans and other ingredients. Nearly anything that can be used in a taco, also works with a Mexican tostada. Often a layer of refried beans is spread on the tostada shell before adding any other ingredients.

Here's a basic recipe for Mexican tostadas that can easily be modified to fit ingredients you have on hand.

Mexican Tostada Ingredients

  • 10 corn tortillas or 10 tostada shells
  • 1 can of refried beans or pinto beans
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 avocados, chopped or guacamole
  • 8 ounces shredded PepperJack, Colby Jack or crumbled queso fresca cheese
  • 1 cup of salsa, pico de gallo or pickled jalapenos
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt
  • vinegar
  • oil with high smoke point such as canola
  • *optional: cooked shredded chicken or ground beef cooked in taco seasoning
Mexican Tostadas

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Mexican Tostada Cooking Instructions

Combine shredded lettuce with salt and vinegar to taste. Heat refried beans or pinto beans in a saucepan until warm. If using pinto beans, drain before adding to pan, then add a little water and mash while cooking. Fry corn tortillas in a small amount of oil, turning to cook both sides. Place cooked tortillas on a paper towel to absorb grease. Keep tortillas warm in a 250 degree oven on a baking sheet. Place all of the toppings in separate bowls for serving.

Serving the Mexican Tostadas

Begin preparing the Mexican tostada by spreading a thin layer of refried beans on the cooked tortilla. Sprinkle cheese on top of the beans so that it will melt. Then add tomatoes, avocados, salsa and any other ingredients. Add the cilantro last. If you choose to use meat, add it after the cheese and beans and before the other ingredients.

Mexican Tostadas

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