Cheat Codes: How To Make A Tostada Meal
People who are following PCFG may remember tostadas, from our post on how to make your own Crunchwrap from Taco Bell. They’re a lightly fried, crispy, corn tortilla that somewhat resemble a giant tortilla chip or a flat taco shell. They work really well for a number of different simple dishes or recipes.
But wait, actually, a tostada is also just the name of a meal in Mexican cuisine. Shit, this might be confusing. (Actually, it’s pretty simple. It’s made out of the aforementioned tostadas, and can be prepared in minutes.)
Okay, so if you use the word tostada, it could refer to just a plain fried tortilla tostada, but then if you dump a bunch of stuff on it, it becomes a tostada, the meal or snack version. Think of them as sort of the Mexican version of pizza bagels. A bagel is a bagel, but put sauce and cheese on it and it becomes a pizza bagel (which admittedly is still just a bagel)! Essentially, as a meal, tostadas are just a fried tortilla with meat, veggies, or cheese added on top. They’re insanely easy to make, and so, so affordable. Seriously, I challenge you to go to the supermarket and find a package of tostadas with like 20+ inside, that doesn’t cost under $2 bucks. (Hint: You won’t. I’ve seen packs of authentic, good quality ones in the $1.00 range even.)
How To Make a Tostada
- 1 corn tostada
- 1/4 cup sliced chicken/pork/beef/fish/etc (Omit to make it vegetarian!)
- 3 tbsp assorted chopped veggies, such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc.
- Salsa or dressing
- 2 tbsp shredded cheese of your choice
- Any other ingredients you want to add
- Turn your oven’s broiler onto the Low setting, or place on convection at 350º.
- Place your sliced meat onto the tostada in a small layer and drizzle salsa/dressing to your liking.
- Add the veggies to your meat in another layer.
- Pile cheese on top, making sure to keep it mostly in the center to avoid messiness.
- Place the tostada onto a baking sheet and broil for approximately 1 minute, or until the cheese is melted.
Making these things is foolproof, really. The hardest part is making sure it doesn’t burn while you melt the cheese in the broiler. But honestly, the fun part is how you can be creative with them. This is a standard way to make one, but you can add all sorts of different ingredients. Guacamole, pico de gallo, bacon, sour cream, cheese sauce, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, you name it. They’re delicious and take minute. Invest in a bag of plain tostadas, they’ll come in handy sooner or later.