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How to Make Pork Tostadas

Pork tostadas are a traditional Mexican dish featuring crispy fried or baked tortillas as their base. These tortillas offer a satisfying crunch and are typically flat or slightly curved. Toppings consist of savory pork, which is often shredded or cooked in various flavorful ways.

Rooted in Mexican culinary tradition, pork tostadas are a beloved street food dish. The preparation involves frying or baking the tortillas until they reach a crispy texture. The pork is the star topping, often seasoned and cooked to tender perfection, providing a rich and savory element to the dish.

Variations in pork tostadas can include toppings like refried beans, salsa, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, or guacamole, offering a burst of complementary flavors and textures.

Pork tostadas cater to those who enjoy meat-centric dishes and seek a flavorful and hearty option in Mexican cuisine. They encapsulate the essence of traditional flavors while providing a satisfying and robust eating experience.

Key Takeaways

  • For Whom: Perfect for those who appreciate the savory taste of pork and crave a hearty and satisfying meal.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in about 30 minutes, a delicious option for any occasion.
  • Nutrition Facts: A protein-rich dish with a burst of freshness from vibrant toppings.

About This Recipe

Pork Tostadas showcase the versatility of seasoned pork, providing a delicious and customizable topping for crispy tostadas. With a blend of spices and vibrant toppings, this dish offers a satisfying and robust culinary experience.

Equipment Required

  1. Skillet
  2. Mixing bowls
  3. Tongs


For the Seasoned Pork:

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin or pork shoulder, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tostadas:

  • Corn tostadas
  • Refried beans
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)
  • Sour cream
  • Crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheese
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


Seasoned Pork:

  1. In a skillet, cook thinly sliced pork over medium heat until browned.
  2. Add chopped onions and minced garlic, sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Season with chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cook until pork is cooked through.


  1. Warm corn tostadas in the oven according to package instructions.
  2. Spread a layer of refried beans on each tostada.
  3. Top with seasoned pork, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapeños (if desired), dollops of sour cream, crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheese, and chopped cilantro.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Black beans

Storage Options

Pork Tostadas are best enjoyed immediately to maintain their crunch. Store seasoned pork and tostada toppings separately and assemble just before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Cheese: Use your favorite cheese or a dairy-free alternative.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the level of spiciness by adding or reducing the amount of chili powder and jalapeños.

Alternatives to This Meal

For a citrusy twist, squeeze fresh lime juice over the toppings before serving, enhancing the flavors with a burst of acidity.


Pork Tostadas offer a zesty and satisfying fiesta on your plate, combining the succulence of seasoned pork with the crunch of tostadas and the freshness of vibrant toppings. This dish is a celebration of bold flavors and textures, creating a hearty and memorable dining experience. ¡Buen provecho!