Tostadas are crispy tortillas that have been either deep-fried or toasted. They can be eaten alone or topped with a number of ingredients, somewhat like crackers or bread. In fact, I would like to consider it the Mexican version of crackers or bread.
A tostada topped with all the fixings is sort of like an open-faced taco. The tostadas above are just one version I had in Mexico and are topped with red onions, lettuce, cheese and beef. It’s a bit difficult to eat because the tostada tends to break easily, but like any fun finger food it’s ok to get messy. They can be eaten as an appetizer or even as a main dish, but my preference is for the former because the deep-fried tostada shell can be quite greasy.
Tostadas are easily found in grocery stores now, but they resemble more like huge, round tortilla chips than the deep-fried ones pictured above. Try experimenting with different toppings. The world is your oyster…though I don’t know if I would recommend putting oysters on top. ¡Buen apetito! 🙂