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.
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!
In addition to a protein or grilled vegetables and shredded lettuce, the tostada can be accented with:
Beans: kidney, refried, pinto
Bell pepper strips (green, orange, red)
Diced mango or pineapple, apple or pear matchsticks, dried blueberries/cherries/cranberries or other fruit