Tostada – Crispy Mexican Fare

Tostadas are traditional Mexican dishes that are stuffed with tasty ingredients and are very filling. In English, tostada means “toasted". In reality, a tostada is not actually toasted. Most Mexican tostadas are made with deep fried tortillas. These tortillas offer a satisfying crunch and are perfect for topping with delicious ingredients such as various meats, cheeses, vegetables, and sauces.

While tostadas are popular in many Mexican restaurants, they are also easy to make at home. This dish is such a hit because recipes can be completely customized to a person’s own tastes. There any many different recipes available but most amateur and professional chefs choose to personalize their own tostadas to fit the preferences of their families or customers.

Tortillas for Tostadas

One of the most important parts of the tostada is the deep fried tortilla that is used to hold all of the ingredients. Corn tortillas are a common type of tortilla used to make tostadas, although flour tortillas can be used depending upon personal preference. These tortillas are cooked until they are golden brown and crispy. For a fresh, tasty alternative Ortega’s Whole Wheat Tortillas are terrific for tostada creations. 

Tostadas are wonderful because they can be created in any size. After making a large Mexican meal that includes tortillas, the leftover pieces of tortillas can be easily added to hot oil and fried until crispy. This prevents wasting tortillas that are not large enough to create burritos, soft tacos, or other entrees that are going to be served at dinner or a party.

Toppings for Tostadas

Tostadas can be topped with almost anything. Some of the most common ingredients for topping tostadas include seasoned ground beef, chicken, pork lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, beans, rice, and onions. Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or a combination of the three adds an amazing finishing touch to any tostada.

Tostadas are fantastic as appetizers for a Mexican-themed get together or a party, like a gathering celebrating a sporting event. Tostadas are easy to prepare and ingredients can be served buffet style so that guests are able to create their own personalized tostadas.

For a unique flavor, seafood can also be used for tostadas. Grilled shrimp, tuna, and crab make great toppings for this tasty dish. Vegetarians can enjoy tostadas by using beans and a variety of different veggies and sauces instead of meats. Smaller tostadas are perfect for younger diners.

These crunchy, filling meals are great for any occasion. They can be used as appetizers for a Mexican dinner or party. They can also be served along with other popular Mexican dishes including tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. Tostadas are so versatile they can be served in a variety of different ways to make them new and unique at every meal.