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How to Make Tostada Shells

Tostada shells are the perfect vehicles for lots of yummy Mexican toppings. They’re super easy and quick to make. You can have these homemade tostadas ready and on the table in less than 20 minutes from start to finish! With this recipe you’ll find there’s no need to buy store-bought tostadas.

homemade tostada shells

Tostadas are something we have on a regular basis in our home. I would say at least once a week.

They’re just so easy to make.

I always have leftover beans in my fridge. We eat beans a lot. We put them on molletes and tortas.

So I like to top my tostadas with refried beans and some yummy pico de gallo.

It really is a simple meal but so flavorful. It’s perfect as a light lunch or snack.

Can you bake corn tortillas for tostadas?

Yes, the tostada recipe I’m sharing today are baked.

In my opinion, baked tostada shells are the best.

They taste great and are super easy to make.

Ingredients needed

All you need to make homemade tostada shells are corn tortillas, oil and salt.

How to make tostada shells in the oven

Preheat the oven to 375. Spread the tortillas out on a large baking sheet.

Brush the tortillas with a light layer of oil on each side and sprinkle with salt.

brushing tortillas with olive oil.

Put the baking sheet with the tortillas in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Then remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the tortillas over.

Return the baking sheet to the oven and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes.

By now, you will have golden and crispy tostadas just waiting to be topped with your favorite foods!

baked tostadas

Can you fry corn tortillas for tostada shells?

Yes, you can. However, I recommend the baking method as it’s so much easier and in my opinion the taste and texture is better as well.

Baking is the best method because there’s no messy oil splatters to clean up and you don’t have to stand at the stove the whole time.

Baked tostadas are just easier. Plus baked tostadas are healthier as they don’t contain so much oil.

I also much prefer the texture of baked vs frying. To me the texture is crunchy with just a bit of chew to it. It’s perfect!

What do you serve with tostadas?

So many delicious recipes are best served on tostadas. Here are some examples:

homemade tostada shells on a baking sheet.

Homemade tostada shells recipe

These homemade tostada shells cook up quicker than the time it will take you to run to the grocery and buy store bought ones.

If you make Mexican food frequently I highly suggest you try making your own tostadas. You’ll love the ease and quickness to it.

I hope you enjoyed today’s simple recipe. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating.

Thanks for visiting, see you soon!

A stack of baked tostada shells.
homemade tostada shells
5 from 1 vote

How to Make Tostada shells.

Homemade tostada shells are super easy and quick to make. They're the perfect vehicle for many delicious Mexican recipes.

Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword homemade tostada shells, how to make tostada shells
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 116 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375.

  2. Spread out the corn tortillas on a large baking sheet.

  3. Brush both sides of the tortillas with oil and sprinkle with a little salt.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the tortillas. Bake for another 5 minutes.

  6. Serve and top the tostadas with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Tostada shells.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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