These open-face tostadas are topped with all of your favorite Mexican ingredients! These tasty tostadas are a frequent meal in this house.
Tostadas have become one of our go-to Mexican recipes. Topped with Canned Refried Beans, cheese, and toppings, we love to serve it with our Homemade Salsa and a side of Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe.
What is a Tostada?
A tostada is a crunchy fried tortilla that is topped with any Mexican topping or ingredient you like. Almost like an open-faced taco!
I love making tostadas because there are no wrong ingredients to put on top. Sometimes we do beef or chicken tostadas with rice and other toppings. But this recipe just calls for refried beans and it is sooooo YUMMY. The Canned Refried Beans on top of the crunchy fried corn tortilla are to die for!
This is the BEST meal idea to serve a crowd. Grab all your favorite tostada toppings and get cooking! Lay out all the toppings, fry some tortillas, and everyone can assemble their own tostadas.
It will be the hit of any party or dinner get-together!
How to Make Tostadas
Get ready for one of the easiest Mexican dishes you’ll ever make! This tostada recipe is a family favorite.
BEANS. Combine beans, shortening, and milk in a pot over medium heat. Stir vigorously with a wire whisk until silky smooth. Add cheese and let melt, then remove from the heat and set aside.
Tortillas. You’ll need about 12 corn tortillas for this recipe, but you can easily adjust it for how many people you’re serving. Heat ½ inch oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
Fry tortillas one at a time for 30–60 seconds on each side, until golden. Place them in a single layer on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil and sprinkle with salt.
ENJOY! When ready to serve, top each tortilla with beans, then add any desired toppings.
Recipe Tips + Storing Info
Oven baked tortillas. You can bake your tostada shells instead of frying them. Just brush both sides of the tortilla with vegetable oil, or spray generously with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt.
Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 5 minutes until tortillas are toasted and crisp, then flip over and bake for another 2-3 minutes.
Tortillas. Skip the frying time and buy a package of ready-to-go tostada shells. Simply top the crispy tortilla and eat.
Making tostadas is a great way to use up stale corn tortillas.
STORE. We like to make fresh tostada tortillas, but you can make these up to 48 hours in advance. Just store them in a Ziploc bag to keep them crunchy until serving.
Make tostadas ahead of time. Prepare all of your toppings and keep them in separate air-tight containers in the fridge. I suggest frying up the tortillas right before serving them. They are definitely best when freshly fried and warm!
Wondering what else you could serve on tostadas?
Try any of these suggestions:
- Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken, Sweet Pork Barbacoa, or shredded or ground beef (or use a leftover Pot Roast Recipe)
- shredded cheese or cotija cheese
- Green Enchilada Sauce, Homemade Salsa, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Black Bean and Corn Salsa, or sour cream
- spritz with lime juice to add a bright flavor
- chopped tomatoes, queso fresco, cilantro, green onions, peppers, olives, avocados, or lettuce
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! It’s one of our favorite easy weeknight meals.
A tostada is a fried tortilla that is toasted crisp. You top it with many of the same things you would add to a taco.
Just like tacos, bean tostadas are not usually eaten with utensils. Simply lift it to your mouth and feast. To avoid a mess, don’t pile it too high with toppings.
A tostada shell should be crispy. If the oil temperature is too low, it can absorb too much and produce a chewy and oily tortilla.
For More Favorite Mexican Dishes, Try:
- Loaded Nachos
- Steak Fajitas
- Baked Chicken Chimichangas
- Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
- Cheese Quesadilla
- Bean Burritos
Creamy Refried Beans
- 1 (30-ounce) can refried beans
- ¼ cup Crisco shortening
- ⅔ cup milk
- 1½ cups shredded Mexican blend or Colby Jack cheese
- ½-1 cup vegetable oil
- 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
- salt to taste
- shredded cooked chicken, beef or pork; shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes
- Combine beans, shortening, and milk in a pot over medium heat. Stir vigorously with a wire whisk until silky smooth. Add cheese and let melt, then remove from the heat and set aside.
- Heat ½ inch oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry tortillas one at a time for 30–60 seconds on each side, until golden. Place on a paper towel–lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
- When ready to serve, top each tortilla with beans, then add any desired toppings.
My hubby could seriously eat these everyday! I like to keep everything on hand, so that he could make them whenever. They are so easy to make!
What an awesome recipe! SErved this for dinner and it has quickly become a new family favorite recipe in our home! Looking forward to serving this again later in the week!
This looks so good! I loved having these in mexico, and have been craving them ever since. cant wait to make them!!
This is one of our faVorite mexican reCipes! So Stinking easy and all the toppings! Love!
MADE THESE FOR LUNCH AND THEY WERE A BIG HIT! NEXT TIME I’LL TRY THEM WITH YOUR HOMEMADE REFRIED BEANS, I BET THEY’LL BE EVEN MORE DELICIOUS!
I haven’t made TOSTADAS in ages and i was excited to STUMBLE upon your recipe! Thee were so delicious! I will definitely make them again!
As a child i never really liked refried beans which meant i never gave a lot of mexican food a chance. HoweveR, since im now a wise adult ? i gave these a try and loved them!
These are the best! Everyone loves them here at my house.
i absolutely LOVE tostadas!! THese are a MUST on our monthly menu planner… but i could eat every day!
sorry.. but i wanted to rate them too!!
Another favOrite recipe! My family loves these. I think they come together pretty quickly. I also love the salad on top. What a great combination of flavors.
This is really flavorful! Super loved the seasonings in it! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing tostadas recipe! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!
I just love you’re work babbeeee! It’s so amazing I just want to be like you and make my munchkins happy and full of your delicious masterpiece. My cutie would also destroy these after a long day of hard work.