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Tostadas Mexicanas

How to Make Tostadas Mexicanas

Tostadas Mexicanas are a classic and versatile Mexican dish made from crispy fried or toasted tortillas topped with a variety of ingredients, offering a medley of textures and flavors.

Texture-wise, Tostadas Mexicanas feature a crunchy base, which is a corn tortilla that has been fried or toasted until it becomes crispy. This tortilla acts as a sturdy foundation for the toppings.

The toppings for Tostadas Mexicanas can vary widely based on personal preference or regional variations. Some common toppings include refried beans, shredded chicken, beef, or pork, shredded lettuce or cabbage, diced tomatoes, sliced radishes, avocado slices or guacamole, crumbled cheese (such as queso fresco or cotija), sour cream or Mexican crema, and various salsas or hot sauces.

These toppings offer a diverse range of textures—crispiness from the tortilla, creaminess from the beans and avocado, freshness from the vegetables, and tenderness from the meat, all combined to create a satisfying eating experience.

Tostadas Mexicanas are customizable and can be served as an appetizer, a light meal, or even a substantial main dish. They’re often served with a variety of toppings spread out for individuals to build their own tostadas according to their preferences, making them a versatile and enjoyable part of Mexican cuisine.

Key Takeaways

  • For Whom: Ideal for those who appreciate the bold and diverse flavors of Mexican street food.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in around 20 minutes, a quick fix for a satisfying meal.
  • Nutrition Facts: A mix of proteins, healthy fats, and fresh vegetables for a balanced dish.

About This Recipe

Tostadas Mexicanas are essentially crispy tortillas generously topped with a flavorful combination of ingredients. From shredded meats to fresh veggies and zesty salsas, the beauty of Tostadas Mexicanas lies in their customizability.

Equipment Required

  1. Baking sheet
  2. Skillet
  3. Mixing bowls
  4. Tongs


For the Tostadas:

  • Corn tortillas
  • Cooking oil for frying

Topping Options:

  • Refried beans
  • Shredded chicken or beef
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced radishes
  • Avocado slices
  • Queso fresco (Mexican crumbly cheese)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges


  1. Pico de Gallo:
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced red onion
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Jalapeño, finely chopped
  • Lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Salsa Verde:
  • Tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • Jalapeños
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Salt



  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Fry each corn tortilla until golden and crispy.
  3. Drain excess oil on paper towels.


  1. Spread a layer of refried beans on each tostada.
  2. Top with shredded meat, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, avocado slices, queso fresco, and cilantro.


  1. Pico de Gallo:
  • Mix diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  1. Salsa Verde:
  • Blend tomatillos, jalapeños, onion, garlic, cilantro, and salt until smooth.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Charro beans

Storage Options

Assemble Tostadas Mexicanas just before serving to maintain their crunch. Store toppings separately and refrigerate.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Meats: Choose grilled shrimp, fish, or even sautéed vegetables for a vegetarian option.
  • Cheese: Cotija or cheddar can replace queso fresco.

Alternatives to This Meal

For a refreshing twist, replace the traditional toppings with ceviche for Tostadas Ceviche.


Tostadas Mexicanas are a fiesta on a plate, allowing you to savor the vibrant and authentic flavors of Mexican street food. Get creative with your toppings, and let the delicious symphony of textures and tastes transport you to the heart of Mexico. ¡Que aproveche!