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TIP OF THE DAY: Ways To Use Tostadas

Pile your favorite ingredients atop a tostada and dig in. Photo © Lessthanempty |
Dreamstime.

 

A tostada is a crisp-fried corn tortilla. When the edges are curled up to form a shallow bowl, it’s called a chalupa. It’s frequently topped with shredded beef, chicken or pork, shredded or crumbled cheese, chopped vegetables (tomatoes, green onions, cilantro) and often, refried beans, guacamole and/or salsa; then topped with sour cream.

You can buy packaged tostadas and make Mexican-style dishes, or take the fusion road and top tostadas with popular American fixings.

TOSTADA TOPPERS

Top your tostada with:

  • Beef: cooked ground beef or other meat, shredded lettuce, shredded Cheddar or jack cheese and diced tomatoes.
  • Chili: chili, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, topped with sour cream and served with sides of salsa and guacamole.
  • Chicken: shredded chicken or grilled strips, shredded lettuce, shredded Cheddar or jack cheese, diced tomatoes and
  • Other Poultry: duck with green onions and hoisin sauce, turkey with mashed sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.
  • Pork: shredded pork and crumbled feta or goat cheese and diced cucumber.
  • Surf & Turf: grilled shrimp and/or skirt steak strips with guacamole and refried beans.
  • Ceviche: shrimp, scallop or mixed seafood ceviche with cilantro, lime juice, tomatoes and avocado (ceviche recipes).
  • Fish: seared tuna, salmon or other fish with ginger coleslaw.
  • Fish Tartare: tuna or salmon tartare with guacamole.
  • Canned Fish: canned tuna or salmon.
  • Jumbo Nacho: a tostada covered in melted cheese, sliced jalapeño and salsa, with optional guacamole
  • Veggie: grilled vegetbles and crumbled feta or cotija or goat cheese.
  • Eggs: fried, poached, scrambled.
  • Salads: chicken salad, green salad, shrimp salad, tuna salad.
  • Green Salad: shredded carrot, lettuce, red cabbage; chopped tomato, red or green onion; guacamole, sour cream.
  • Freestyle: chopped chicken liver, cream cheese and jelly, peanut butter and jelly—go for it!
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    TOSTADA ACCENTS

    In addition to a protein or grilled vegetables and shredded lettuce, the tostada can be accented with:

  • Baby arugula
  • Beans: kidney, refried, pinto
  • Bell pepper strips (green, orange, red)
  • Diced cucumber
  • Diced mango or pineapple, apple or pear matchsticks, dried blueberries/cherries/cranberries or other fruit
  • Diced tomatoes or tomatillos (the difference)
  • Green onion or red onion
  • Green or red salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Heat: sliced or minced jalapeño or other chile
  • Herbs: cilantro, parsley, other favorite
  • Jalapeño or pickled jalapeño, sliced thin
  • Shredded lettuce
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    Grilled vegetables on a tostada. Photo © Lessthanempty | Dreamstime.

  • Shredded Cheddar or jack cheese, crumbled cotija or goat cheese
  • Sliced olives
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Wedge of lime
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