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How to Make Tostadas

Turn your dinner dreams into a reality, and learn how to make tostadas in the oven or stovetop with a few tips and tricks. If you enjoy this article, check out more tips and tricks for how to heat corn tortillas

A stack of corn tostadas.

What is a Tostada?

Tostadas are crisp, flat tortillas used as an edible base for toppings. When buying them, look for fresh tostadas that are flat and crisp, or learn these fast, fuss-free methods for how to make tostadas at home.

What Do You Cook Tostadas On?

The materials you need to prepare tostadas from scratch depends on the method you choose. For fried tostadas, use a griddle or nonstickcast-iron, or stainless steel skillet. For baked tostadas, all you need is a baking sheet and foil.

How to Make Tostadas

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

For Oven Baked Tostadas:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Then, line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set tortillas onto the foil and poke them with a fork in several places.

Corn tortillas on a baking sheet.

Step 2: Brush both sides with oil. Bake for 4 minutes.

Corn tortilla on a baking dish.

Step 3: Flip and bake for 4 minutes until they are crispy and golden brown.

Corn tortilla on a baking sheet.

For Fried Tostadas:

Step 1: Set a wire rack into a rimmed baking sheet. Then, warm ¼ cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2: Poke the tortillas with a fork in several places, and once the oil is smoking, add the corn tortilla and cook for 25-35 seconds.

Corn tortillas frying in oil.

Step 3: Flip and cook the other side for about 5-10 seconds.

Corn tortillas frying in a pan.

Step 4: Using tongs, set the tortilla to dry on the wire rack or paper towel. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Corn tortillas drying on paper towels.

Expert Tips

  • For perfectly crispy pan-fried tostadas, it’s best to allow them to dry on a wire rack or blot them with paper towels after cooking.
  • When preparing tostadas on the stovetop in oil, you should prepare the corn tortillas individually – one at a time.
  • To ensure the tostadas retain their warmth, transfer them to a cloth or a tortilla keeper.

If you enjoy this side dish, pair them with one of these dinner recipes!  

Ceviche de Camaron Tostada on a plate.

Serving Suggestions

You might have a meal planned already, or perhaps you need some inspiration for how to use tostadas, so here are a few suggestions! For even more ideas, try one of these ideas for what to eat with tostadas.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long to fry corn tortillas to make tostadas?

For best results, fry corn tortillas for 30-45 seconds, flip, and cook them for 5-10 seconds to get them crispy and ready for your meal.

What’s the best oil for frying corn tortillas?

I use avocado oil because of its high smoking point, making it perfect for frying. But use what you have on hand.

What’s the proper way to eat a tostada?

Tostadas are a mess – that’s how it is. The juices will drip all down your hands, the tostada will break, and the toppings with fall off. It’s all a part of the experience, so go for it. And the best part? Just break another tostada and scoop up the leftover toppings on your plate.

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A stack of corn tostadas.

How to Make Tostadas

Tressa Jamil
Turn your dinner dreams into a reality with these easy steps showing you how to make tostadas on the stovetop and in the oven.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Appetizer, Meal Prep
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 Tostada Shells
Calories 105 kcal
Ingredients
  
Instructions
 

For Oven Baked Tostadas:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Then, line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Set tortillas onto the foil and poke them with a fork in several places.
  • Brush both sides with oil. Bake for 4 minutes, flip, and bake for 4 minutes until they are crispy and golden brown.

For Fried Tostadas:

  • Set a wire rack into a rimmed baking sheet. Then, warm ¼ cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Poke the tortillas with a fork in several places, and once the oil is smoking, add the corn tortilla and cook for 30-45 seconds. Flip and cook the other side for about 5-10 seconds.
  • Using tongs, set the tortilla to dry on the wire rack or paper towel. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • For perfectly crispy pan-fried tostadas, it’s best to allow them to dry on a wire rack or blot them with paper towels after cooking.
  • When preparing tostadas on the stovetop in oil, you should prepare the corn tortillas individually – one at a time.
  • To ensure the tostadas retain their warmth, transfer them to a cloth or a tortilla keeper.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Tostada | Calories: 105 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Sodium: 12 mg | Potassium: 48 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 0.2 g | Vitamin A: 1 IU | Calcium: 21 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg
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