These Baked Tostadas are made with crisp corn tortillas, refried beans, cheese, and topped with fresh vegetables to make a kid-friendly meal that packs in a huge dose of vegetables and flavor into each serving.
What is a Tostada?
A tostada is a crispy tortilla, topped with refried beans, shredded cheese, and all the toppings of nachos.
Tostadas remind me of a cross between a taco pizza and nachos. Cheesy and delicious!
While typically made with deep or pan-fried corn tortillas, my recipe is made with baked tortillas. Baked Tostadas get just as crispy as the fried version, yet much lower in fat.
Plus this easy tostada recipe comes together in about 20 minutes. Talk about winning!
Ingredients for Tostadas
- Tortillas: While you can use flour tortillas to make tostadas, corn tortillas are traditional and will give the tostada a rich corn flavor, while getting super crispy. Use white or yellow corn tortillas.
- Refried Beans: Use your favorite store-bought or homemade refried beans recipe.
- Taco Seasoning: To flavor the refried beans, I use my homemade taco seasoning, which is made with cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
- Cheese: Use shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican blend.
- Toppings: The toppings are where you can pack in a lot of flavor and nutrients. I love to add corn, diced tomatoes, and diced peppers for some texture and vegetables. Tostadas are also great topped with sour cream, olives, diced avocado, or pickled jalapeno slices.
- Optional: I love to mix my refried beans with ½ cup of pumpkin or carrot puree to bump up the nutrients, but that is totally optional. You can also add taco meat or shredded chicken to your tostada as well, for a more hearty meal.
How to Make Baked Tostadas
- Brush each tortilla with oil on each side.
- Bake until the tortilla is crispy. It is important to crisp up the tortilla BEFORE adding the refried beans, or the tostada can become soggy.
- While the tortillas are baking, mix together the refried beans, carrot puree (if using), and taco seasoning together.
- Spread bean mixture evenly over baked tortillas and then top evenly with cheese.
- Return to oven until cheese is just melted.
- Top as desired.
It is best to serve these tostadas right away. However, if you happen to have leftovers, place them in a sealed container between layers of parchment paper. Reheat the tostadas on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Top and serve.
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- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Brush each tortilla with oil on each side. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp.
- In the meantime, mix the beans, carrot puree (if using), and taco seasoning together.
- Spread bean mixture evenly over baked tortillas and then top with cheese. Return to the oven until cheese is just melted.
- Top with corn, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, and cilantro and hot sauce as desired.