A tostada is a flat or bowl-shaped Mexican dish, traditionally made with a fried or toasted tortilla that is topped with various ingredients. The most common toppings are beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream, but there are many other possibilities. Tostadas can be served as a main dish or as a side.


  • 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, until crisp.
  3. Spread the beans on the tortillas and top with the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream.
  4. Serve immediately.

Tostadas are best when they are fresh and crispy. If you have leftovers, you can reheat them in the oven or microwave, but they will not be as good as when they are first made.

Potential changes & improvements

There are endless possibilities for topping a tostada. Some other possibilities include:

  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Hot sauce

Feel free to experiment and find your favorite toppings.

What other food it works well with

Tostadas can be served as a main dish or as a side. They go well with rice and beans, or any other Mexican-inspired dish.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is to use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas. Flour tortillas are not as crispy and can be difficult to eat. Another mistake is to not bake the tortillas long enough. They should be crisp, but not hard.

Nutritional Information

One tostada with the toppings listed above contains approximately:

  • 250 calories
  • 10 grams of fat
  • 30 grams of carbohydrates
  • 10 grams of protein


This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Beans
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour cream

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