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Tostadas de Chapulines

Tostadas de Chapulines

Tostadas de Chapulines, a unique and traditional Mexican dish, offers a surprising twist by featuring chapulines, or grasshoppers, as the central ingredient. This dish combines crunchy tostada shells with the earthy, nutty flavor of chapulines, creating a distinctive and adventurous culinary experience.

The grasshoppers are often mixed with other ingredients such as diced mango, jicama, tomato, onion, and jalapeño to create a flavorful topping. Tostadas de Chapulines is a traditional dish from Oaxaca, Mexico, and is considered a delicacy.

Key Takeaways

  • Appeals to food enthusiasts seeking a daring, authentic Mexican culinary adventure.
  • Estimated duration: Preparation time approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Nutrition facts: High in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.

About This Recipe

Tostadas de Chapulines showcase the cultural richness of Mexico by incorporating an unexpected and culturally significant ingredient – chapulines. The dish is a testament to Mexico’s diverse and innovative culinary heritage.

Equipment Required

  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tongs
  • Cutting board and knife


  • 1 cup chapulines (grasshoppers), cleaned and toasted
  • 8 tostada shells
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, lightly toast the chapulines until they are crispy, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the toasted chapulines, chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, diced tomatoes, minced jalapeño, lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  3. Heat the tostada shells in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few seconds on each side to make them crispy.
  4. Using tongs, place the tostada shells on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  5. Top each tostada shell with the chapuline mixture.

Side Dishes

Tostadas de Chapulines can be complemented with:

  • Sliced avocado
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa verde or salsa roja
  • Sour cream

Storage Options

If there are any chapulines left, store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Once added to the tostadas, consume immediately for the best taste and texture.

Ingredient Substitutes

For those unable to find chapulines, an alternative could be using toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) for a similar crunch and nutty flavor.

Alternatives to this Meal

For a vegetarian option, substitute chapulines with sautéed mushrooms or seasoned black beans.

If we were to draw comparisons based on the use of unconventional protein on a tostada, one might draw loose connections with other non-traditional tostadas:

  1. Tostadas de Escamoles: Escamoles are ant eggs, considered a delicacy in some regions of Mexico. Like chapulines, they are a non-conventional protein used in Mexican cuisine. Tostadas de escamoles present a different type of texture and flavor but share the uniqueness of using an unconventional ingredient on a crispy tortilla.
  2. Nopales (Cactus) Tostadas: While not similar in terms of protein, tostadas de nopales can be seen as a counterpart due to the use of a unique ingredient (cactus) as the primary topping on the crispy tortilla. They offer a different taste and texture, but akin to tostadas de chapulines in terms of their unconventional nature.

For a more complete understanding of tostadas, take a look at this comprehensive guide to tostadas.


Tostadas de Chapulines stand as a bold representation of Mexico’s culinary diversity, integrating a revered ingredient – chapulines – to offer a unique and adventurous taste experience. Embrace the unexpected, savor the crunch, and delve into the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine through this distinctive dish. It’s an invitation to explore the depth and creativity within the Mexican gastronomic landscape.