Open face tostadas topped with all of your favorite Mexican ingredients! These tasty tostadas are a frequent meal in this house!
What is a Tostada?
A tostada is a crunchy fried tortilla that is topped with any Mexican topping or ingredient you like! 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 YUM. The creamy refried beans on top of the crunchy fried corn tortilla is 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, picnic, or dinner get-together!
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. Then sprinkle with salt to season!
Spread each tortilla with refried beans (you’ve got to try our CREAMY refried beans recipe), cheese, and 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.
Variations + Making Ahead
Wondering what else you could serve on tostadas? Try any these suggestions:
- Cafe Rio shredded chicken
- shredded or cotija cheese
- shredded beef
- green enchilada sauce
- homemade salsa
- pico de gallo
- chopped tomatoes
- sliced avocado
- homemade Spanish rice
- cilantro lime rice
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!
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
For more of our favorite Mexican dishes, try:
- ½ - 1 cup vegetable oil
- 12 corn tortillas
- 3-4 cups refried beans
- 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.