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. 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!
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.
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:
- Cafe Rio shredded chicken
- Cafe Rio Pork
- shredded or ground beef (or use a leftover pot roast)
- shredded cheese or cotija cheese
- green enchilada sauce
- homemade salsa
- pico de gallo
- sour cream
- chopped tomatoes, peppers, olives, avocados, lettuce
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! It’s one of our favorite easy weeknight meals.
For more favorite Mexican dishes, try:
- Loaded Nachos
- Steak Fajitas
- Chicken Chimichangas
- Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
- Cheese Quesadilla
- Bean Burritos
- 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.