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Tostada de Pata de Res (Recipe)

Tostada de Pata de Res is a popular dish in Mexico City and can be found in specialty restaurants in central Mexico. The dish is made from cow’s feet, which are first cooked and then pickled with vinegar and Mexican oregano.

It’s considered a delicacy and is part of the many so-called “Antojitos” in Mexico. However, it’s not for everyone and is often enjoyed by those who are more adventurous with their food choices.

In Central Mexico, people often buy the cow’s feet already pickled and ready to eat.

About this recipe

Craving something extraordinary? Tostada de Pata de Res is an unmissable delicacy. It’s not your everyday tostada—it’s a very different experience. It’s for people who are adventurous!

Tostada de Pata de Res recipe background

Originating from the heart of Mexico, this dish features tender beef trotters. A unique dish, it combines unusual ingredients into a mouthwatering masterpiece.

Tostada’s Journey

EraTostada Type
Classic MexicanBeef-based
Modern FusionPata de Res

Why make this recipe?

  • Unique Flavor: A delicacy you won’t forget.
  • Texture Galore: Chewy, crunchy, and creamy.
  • Conversation Starter: Not your average dish.

What does Tostada de Pata de Res taste like?

Imagine a blend of rich, gelatinous beef trotters offset by fresh veggies and a crispy tostada. It’s a texture and flavor bomb!

What is in Tostada de Pata de Res?

  • Beef Trotters: The star ingredient.
  • Fresh Veggies: Cabbage, radish, and cilantro.
  • Tostada Shells: The crunchy canvas.

Equipment required for this recipe

  • Pressure cooker
  • Chopping board
  • Mixing bowls
  • Frying pan


  • 2 beef trotters, cleaned
  • 1 head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 bunch of radishes, sliced
  • Tostada shells

Optional Toppings:

  • Avocado slices
  • Lime wedges


  1. Cook Trotters: Pressure cook trotters until tender.
  2. Prep Veggies: Shred cabbage and slice radishes.
  3. Fry Tostadas: Crisp up the shells.
  4. Assemble: Layer trotters and veggies on tostadas.
  5. Garnish: Add optional toppings.
  6. Serve: Dig in!

How to serve Tostada de Pata de Res

Serve immediately to experience the crunch and the richness. A splash of lime juice is highly recommended.

What to serve Tostada de Pata de Res with

  • Spicy salsa
  • Cold Mexican beer
  • A side of refried beans

My recommendations and tips

  • For extra flavor, marinate the trotters overnight.
  • Use fresh tostada shells for maximum crunch.

Tostada de Pata de Res storage ideas

Store the beef trotters and tostada shells separately. The trotters can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Potential ingredients substitutes

Original IngredientSubstitute
Beef TrottersBeef shank
CabbageIceberg lettuce

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 350
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbs: 25g
  • Fat: 18g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it hard to make?
  • With a pressure cooker, it’s a breeze.
  • Can I use other parts of beef?
  • Yes, but trotters offer a unique texture.


Tostada de Pata de Res is a culinary adventure, perfect for those who love to explore new flavors and textures. Once you’ve tried it, it’s sure to become a regular in your Mexican food repertoire. Bon appétit!

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