Mexican Tostada

Here is a quick and easy Mexican tostada recipe that can be made authentically or with store-bought ingredients.

We love preparing different types of tostadas at the end of the week and this post features a basic recipe to get started.

What is a Tostada?

Tostadas is a popular Mexican dish that is corn tortillas typically topped with refried beans, ground beef, pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded lettuce, cilantro, and shredded cheddar cheese.

There are many variations such as chicken tostadas, fish tostadas, and vegan tostadas. It’s a fun and tasty light dinner snack that pairs well with a few beers on a Friday night.

Freshly made Mexican tostada with extra cheese

Mexican Tostada Recipe

Popular Mexican tostadas recipe with refried beans, ground beef, pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded lettuce, cilantro, and shredded cheddar cheese.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Servings4 people
Calories (per serving)659.42 kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 415°F for 5 minutes. Bake tostada for 10 minutes.
  • In a skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat with the onion, taco seasoning, salt and other seasonings of choice.
  • Prepare the refried beans and warm in a saucepan for 5 minutes.
  • Once the beef is cooked, refried beans reheated and tostadas ready, assemble all ingredients by: spread a layer of refried beans on the tostadas, then ground beef, pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded lettuce and shredded cheddar cheese.


  • You can also add other ingredients like sour cream, pickled jalapeno or your favorite hot sauce
  • Use yellow corn tostadas for an authentic taste
  • Not good for meal prep, serve right away


Serving: 1servingCalories: 659.42kcalCarbohydrates: 53.07gProtein: 39.61gFat: 32.43gSaturated Fat: 11.52gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 13.82gTrans Fat: 1.11gCholesterol: 86.14mgSodium: 2496.95mgPotassium: 641.46mgFiber: 9.77gSugar: 12.85gVitamin A: 782.45IUVitamin C: 10.73mgCalcium: 271.96mgIron: 4.45mg
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Data source: USDA

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How To Substitute The Beef?

There are plenty of other alternatives in case you don’t want to use beef. You can opt for a white meal such as chicken, seafood, or turkey.

You could also use vegan or vegetarian substitutes of choice such as Quorn mince or chicken.

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