A while back I picked up some tostada shells at the store on a whim.  I had never bought them before, but I thought we would give them try since we really enjoy Mexican food.  It also got us out of a rut that consisted of tacos, taco salad, tacos, enchiladas, and tacos.  We really enjoyed these and commented that they are like mini Mexican pizzas. Yum!  And they would be great for a party, with everyone choosing their own toppings.


I can’t really give measurements here:

ground beef or chicken, cooked and seasoned with taco seasoning

two or three tostadas per person (4″ -5″ size)

shredded cheese (we like pepper-jack)

sliced olives, we like black olives but green would be fine too

fresh or pickled sliced jalapenos

finely chopped red onion

salsa, guacamole, and/or sour cream for dipping

Other toppings that would be good that we didn’t use are:  black beans, cilantro, tomato, corn, and chopped bell pepper.


Line a baking sheet (or 2 if serving more than 3 people) with foil and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place tostadas in a single layer on the baking sheet.  Top each tostada with a few tablespoons of meat, then layer on other topping choices as you wish always ending with shredded cheese.  Do not put sour cream or guacamole on at this point.

Place in the oven for 4-7 minutes or until hot and cheese is melty.

Serve with sour cream and/or guacamole on the side.  We ate them without any side dishes, but rice and beans would be great with this meal.


Don't be like me and leave them in too long, burning the edges.

Don't be like me and leave them in too long, burning the edges.

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