Open face tostadas 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 creamy beans, cheese and toppings, we love to serve it with our homemade salsa and a side of Mexican rice.

Three tostadas topped with refried beans, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese

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 creamy refried beans on top of the crunchy fried corn tortilla are to die for!

This is the BEST meal idea to serve for 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!

Stack of fried corn tortillas

How to Make Tostadas

Get ready for one of the easiest Mexican dishes you’ll ever make!

FRY. You’ll need about 12 corn tortillas for this recipe, but you can easily adjust it for how many people you’re serving. Heat up the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Fry each tortilla in the oil until golden on each side (about 1-2 minutes).

DRY. Place each fried tortilla on a paper-towel lined plate to drain any excess oil. Then sprinkle with salt to season!

Spread each tortilla with refried beans (you’ve got to try our CREAMY refried beans recipe), cheese, and layer with any other toppings.

STORING: We like to make fresh tostada tortillas, but you can make these up to 48 hours in advance. Just store in a Ziploc bag to keep them crunchy until serving.

Beans for tostadas

Variations + Making Ahead

Feel free to make these tostadas ahead of time by preparing all of your toppings and keeping them in separate air-tight containers in the fridge. I suggest you fry up the tostadas right before you are going to serve them. They are definitely best when freshly fried and warm!

Oven Baked Tortillas: You can also 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 degrees F for 5 minutes until tortillas are crisp, then flip over and bake for another 2-3 minutes.

Wondering what else you could serve on tostadas?

Try any these suggestions:

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! It’s one of our favorite easy weeknight meals.

Three bean tostadas with various toppings on a platter

For more favorite Mexican dishes, try:

Tostada Recipe

5 from 13 votes
Open face tostadas topped with all of your favorite Mexican ingredients! These tasty tostadas are a frequent meal in this house!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 193 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • ½ – 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • salt
  • 3-4 cups refried beans
  • toppings


  • Warm beans by putting them into a small pot and stirring on low-medium heat until cooked through (or make our creamy refried beans).
  • Heat oil in a medium sauce pan on medium heat. Fry tortillas until golden on both sides.
  • Place tortillas on a paper-towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
  • When ready to serve top with beans, cheese and other toppings.


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  1. 5 stars
    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!

  2. 5 stars
    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!

  3. 5 stars
    This looks so good! I loved having these in mexico, and have been craving them ever since. cant wait to make them!!

  4. 5 stars

  5. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 5 stars
    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!

  7. 5 stars
    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.

  8. 5 stars
    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!