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Island Bites: Homemade Mexican Tostadas (plus Chunky Guacamole and Refried Beans recipes)

Updated on July 23, 2015
Mexican Tostada
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5 stars from 4 ratings of Island Bites: Mexican Tostadas

What is a tostada?

Tostada is the Spanish word for "toast/ toasted". In Latin America it is also the name for different dishes which are toasted or use a toasted ingredient as the main base of the recipe. The mexican tostada is a mexican version of an open sandwich. It has a layered "salad" on top of a flat crispy corn tortilla. Typically, the tortilla is deep-fried, although some low-calorie versions of tostadas call for toasted baked tortillas. Guacamole, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese are some of the popular toppings for tostadas. Pork, beef or chicken is also added. Vegetarian tostadas are also popular.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 4 to 6 people

Ingredients

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup mexican salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack or Cheddar cheese, or crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese
  • 1 cup refried beans, (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup guacamole, (recipe follows)
  • 2 cups taco meat, (recipe follows)
  • shredded letuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • mexican crema or sour cream
  • vegetable or canola oil

Tips:

  • Do not overload the tostadas.
  • Pick a tostada with both hands and eat it like a pizza slice.
  • You can buy toasted tortillas/ tostadas.

Instructions

  1. Heat about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil into a heavy skillet.
  2. One at a time, fry the tortillas until golden brown on both sides, cooking about 15 to 30 seconds to a minute per side.
  3. Let the tostadas cool in a paper towel-lined plate. (To keep them warm, put the tostadas in a baking sheet and place in a 250F oven.)
  4. Spread some refried beans in each tostada. Add a layer of cooked taco meat. Then, and some salsa.
  5. Top with guacamole, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes. Sprinkle on cheese and a dollop of cream.

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Brown the ground meat.
  2. Add the onions to the meat and sauté for a couple minutes.
  3. Dissolve cornstarch in the water.
  4. Add seasoning and water to the pan. Mix and bring to a boil.
  5. Let it simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the meat is cooked and the sauce has thickened.

Quick & Easy Taco Meat

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbs oil



Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté onion for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, chili powder and cumin. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add beans and chicken broth. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Mash the beans until they are a coarse puree. Add more broth if needed.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.

Homemade Refried Beans

Ingredients:

1 can pinto beans

1/2 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1/2 cup chicken broth, plus more if needed

2 tbs oil

salt & pepper


Guacamole
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Chunky Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbs cilantro, chopped
  • 1 raw jalapeño, seeded and minced (optional)
  • salt & pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add the avocados, onion and tomatoes. Mash with a potato masher, until smooth but still chunky.
  2. Add lime juice, jalapeño, cilantro, salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine.


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      IslandBites 4 months ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you, Ken!

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      KenMagee 4 months ago

      Looks delicious

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I appreciate your comment, rebecca! Thank you!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds and looks SOOOOO good. And thanks for the tip about eating it like a pizza! Voted interesting for the info on tostadas and helpful also!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      OH, yummy! I love this type of food. My mouth is watering over the guacamole!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks, Peg! I appreciate your comment.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Well this is beautifully formatted and the recipes sound delicious, too! Nice pictures. Now I'm hungry.

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Tostadas are great, right? I hope you can make them. Thanks for the comment!

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Looks delicious!! I do love tostadas, but have never made them myself....perhaps I will have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing, voted up and useful :)

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Gracias, Carmen!

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      Carmen R. 4 years ago

      Que delicia

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks, Thief!

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Mmm, very tasty! another great recipe!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Glad you like it! Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      YUM!!! Pinning your recipe to make it easy to find :) Must go eat now!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      lol

      Thanks for stopping by, johnson!

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      Robert Allen Johnson 4 years ago from Fort Wayne, IN

      Oh yes.... not a good time to be looking at something like this.