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Mexican Tostadas

Mexican tostadas

How do you make tostadas? A crispy tortilla with a flavourful topping: discover the authentic recipe and how to make them on F

15 September, 2023
Average: 4.3 (4 votes)

serves for


total time

0 HR 25 MIN


Large tostada shells
Refried beans
1 can
cups (560g), cooked shredded
1/2 cup (55g) crumbled cotija (or queso fresco)
2 cups (60g), shredded
Diced tomatoes
Red onion
1/2, diced
1/4 cup (5g), chopped
2, dices
Sour cream
1/2 cup (120g)
Lime wedges
for serving
Flaky sea salt
for serving
Hot sauce
for serving

Looking for a crowd-pleasing Mexican appetiser or new dinner ideas? This tostada recipe is the answer. Customisable and delicious, it lets you add your favourite toppings on toasted or fried corn tortillas topped with refried beans, cheese, meat or fish, avocado, tomato, lettuce and salsa. Tostadas, like tacos, embrace endless variations – think fish, shredded chicken, or beef.  

Try our chicken tostadas recipe: crispy shells, shredded chicken, refried beans and plenty of toppings layered on a crunchy tostada shell; this is a quick and easy meal for any occasion.  

Step 01

Warm up the refried beans and shredded chicken in the microwave or on the hob for 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. 

Step 02

Spread a light layer of refried beans on each tostada shell.  

Step 03

Add shredded chicken, cotija cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions, chopped coriander, diced avocados, and a spoonful of sour cream on top.

Step 04

Serve your tostadas with a wedge of lime, a dash of sea salt, and your preferred hot sauce. 


You can use your preferred pre-made tostada shells from the store or make your own at home. 

You can use any leftover chicken from your fridge, use a store-bought rotisserie chicken, or you can make your own shredded chicken at home.  

Unable to find cotija cheese or queso fresco? You can substitute with your preferred shredded cheese, such as Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or mozzarella. 

How to serve Mexican tostadas 

You can customise your tostadas, incorporating an array of adored toppings. The shredded chicken and refried beans provide a delightful foundation for various serving options, including pickled red onions, sliced radishes, zesty pico de gallo, the punch of fresh or pickled jalapeños, and the satisfying addition of grilled corn

Recipe variations  

Beef tostadas 

This beef tostada recipe from Barefeet In The Kitchen primarily comprises minced beef, black beans and vibrant spinach, all artfully layered upon crunchy tostada shells and generously crowned with a melting layer of cheese. 

Tuna tostadas 

Tuna tostadas present an excellent choice for those seeking a lighter option with reduced calories. Bursting with umami goodness, a touch of spice, and the refreshing essence of cilantro, they come together swiftly in just 20 minutes, making them a splendid choice for a swift and refreshing midday meal. This tuna tostada from Midwexican stars canned tuna adorned with zesty lime juice, fragrant herbs, and finely chopped onion. 

Prawn tostadas 

Maintaining a healthy diet becomes effortless with delectable choices like these prawn tostadas from The Endless Meal. Crunchy tostadas provide the base for a crisp salad blend and impeccably seasoned prawns, resulting in a swift summertime dish ready in less than 20 minutes. 

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