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How to Make Vegan Tostadas

Vegan tostadas are a Mexican-inspired culinary creation featuring crispy fried or baked tortillas as their base. These tortillas offer a crunchy texture, typically flat or slightly curved. Toppings consist of a diverse array of vegan-friendly ingredients, adding a burst of color and variety to the dish. Such ingredients may include beans, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, diced vegetables, or vegan cheese.

Rooted in Mexican cuisine, tostadas have long been a popular street food dish, and the vegan adaptation substitutes animal-based components with plant-based alternatives. The tortillas are prepared by frying or baking until achieving a crispy consistency. Toppings are varied and can encompass a broad spectrum of vegan options, from refried beans and seasoned vegetables to plant-based proteins like tofu or tempeh, salsa, guacamole, and shredded lettuce.

Vegan tostadas cater to individuals following a vegan diet or seeking lighter, vegetable-centric meals. They offer versatility and room for creativity, allowing for diverse flavor profiles and textures while staying true to the essence of the classic Mexican tostada.

Key Takeaways

  • For Whom: Perfect for vegans, plant-based enthusiasts, or anyone seeking a delicious and cruelty-free meal.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in about 30 minutes, a wholesome and flavorful option for any occasion.
  • Nutrition Facts: Packed with plant-based proteins, vitamins, and a burst of freshness.

About This Recipe

Vegan Tostadas showcase the versatility of plant-based ingredients, providing a delicious and customizable topping for crispy tostadas. With a variety of plant-powered proteins and vibrant toppings, this dish offers a satisfying and flavorful culinary experience.

Equipment Required

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


For the Plant-Based Proteins:

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tostadas:

  • Corn tostadas
  • Guacamole or sliced avocados
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced radishes
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

Optional Toppings:

  • Salsa verde
  • Vegan sour cream
  • Lime wedges


Plant-Based Proteins:

  1. In a skillet, combine black beans, cooked quinoa, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cook over medium heat until well combined and heated through.


  1. Warm corn tostadas in the oven according to package instructions.
  2. Spread a layer of guacamole or sliced avocados on each tostada.
  3. Top with the plant-based protein mixture, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced radishes, red onion, and chopped cilantro.

Optional Toppings:

  1. Drizzle with salsa verde and vegan sour cream.
  2. Serve with lime wedges on the side for an extra burst of freshness.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice with vegetables
  • Grilled corn on the cob

Storage Options

Vegan Tostadas are best enjoyed immediately to maintain their crunch. Store plant-based proteins and tostada toppings separately and assemble just before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Quinoa: Substitute with brown rice or another preferred grain.
  • Vegan Sour Cream: Use your favorite plant-based yogurt or cashew cream.

Alternatives to This Meal

For added heat, sprinkle red pepper flakes over the toppings or incorporate diced jalapeños into the plant-based protein mixture, infusing the dish with a spicy kick.


Vegan Tostadas offer a plant-powered fiesta on your plate, combining the goodness of plant-based proteins with the crunch of tostadas and the freshness of vibrant toppings. This dish is a celebration of cruelty-free flavors and textures, creating a wholesome and memorable dining experience. ¡Buen provecho!