When I started working from home full-time in 2018, I thought that meal planning and meal prep were going to be easy-peasy! It turns out that things can still get pretty crazy (we tend to work more hours now than when we worked for other people!). We’re busy all the time, which makes meal-related tasks challenging at times.
In addition, Larissa and I have very different tastes, so trying to find something we both like adds to the challenge. We’re always looking for quick and easy recipe ideas to help make meal time more enjoyable.
Enter vegan tostadas!
Not only are tostadas super tasty, but they also come with a few extra benefits:
- Customizable – By varying the toppings, you can easily cater to different tastes and dietary requirements.
- Quick – Tostadas take very little time to put together, making them perfect for busy weeknights.
- Budget-Friendly – Being plant-based on a budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on yummy healthy food! The ingredients in tostadas are SUPER budget friendly!
- Fun –
Tostada-making can be an interactive experience, allowing the whole family to get involved in the kitchen for a fun and engaging mealtime.
In this episode of The Vegetarian Zen podcast we discuss 10 vegan
Are Tostadas Vegan?
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However, with a few simple ingredient swaps like using plant-based cheese, vegan sour cream, and refried beans made without animal fat, you can easily create a delicious and satisfying vegan
In fact, the
How to Make a
Tostada: The Basics
One of the great things about tostadas is the prep time. They are super quick to make and many of the ingredients can be sliced and diced ahead of time and kept in airtight containers in the fridge.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your tostadas:
- Corn tortillas (flour tortillas typically don’t get crispy enough)
- Vegetable oil
- Toppings of your choice (refried beans, shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa, avocado, fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, etc.)
Instructions for homemade
- Heat a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
- Place a corn tortilla in the hot oil and use a spatula to press it down. Fry the tortilla for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until it becomes crispy and golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off excess oil. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
- Add a pinch of salt while they’re still warm.
Note: You may need to place the fried tortillas in the oven briefly to crisp them up a bit.
Add Your Favorite
Now it’s time to add your toppings! Spread some refried beans on top of the
How To Make Tostadas Without Oil
Off-the-Shelf: Most grocery stores carry off-the-shelf shells that are vegan.
Tostada Recipe Ideas
For these 10 vegan
1. El Classico
I want to start this list with the OG (original gangsta – do the kids even say that anymore?) of tostadas, the classic! Top your tostadas with refried pinto or black beans, avocado, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and shredded vegan cheese. Add a dollop of vegan sour cream and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for an extra burst of flavor.
2. Carnival of “Carnitas”
Begin your fiesta with a crispy tostada shell, slather on some smooth avocado or refried pinto or black beans as a rich base, and then pile on the star of the show – succulent jackfruit carnitas! Slow-cooked in a blend of zesty spices and tangy citrus, jackfruit takes on a tender, meaty texture that’s a true game-changer for plant-based cuisine.
Add colorful toppings like pickled red onions, diced tomatoes, and fresh cilantro for a burst of flavor and visual appeal. And let’s not forget the final touch: a drizzle of zingy vegan lime crema to bring it all together in a symphony of taste.
3. Grillicious Fiesta
If you’re craving a summer twist on tostadas, why not try making some delicious vegan grilled tostadas? It’s super easy and loads of fun!
First things first, get your grill all fired up to a nice medium-high heat. While it’s heating, get your toppings prepped and ready to go. We’re talking about juicy diced tomatoes, creamy avocado slices, protein-packed black beans, and vegan cheese.
Brush corn tortillas with oil, and once the grill’s ready, pop them on the grates and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until they’re crispy and golden. Pile on those yummy toppings (I’m thinking some fresh grilled veggies) and voila! Your vegan grilled tostadas are ready to be devoured. This dish is perfect for a chill summer night or for impressing your pals at your next cookout. Enjoy the fiesta!
4. The Big Bad BBQ Tofu
Introducing the Big Bad BBQ Tofu
The Big Bad BBQ Tofu
5. Takin’ It To The Street (Corn)
Elote, also known as Mexican Street Corn, is a mouthwatering dish consisting of corn on the cob smothered in a delicious sauce made from a blend of mayo and sour cream. To add an extra burst of flavor, the corn is sprinkled with crumbled cotija cheese and fresh chopped cilantro. Whether you’re enjoying it from a street vendor or making it at home, street corn is a must-try dish for anyone who loves savory and flavorful Mexican cuisine.
To create a delicious elote-inspired
6. Rise and Shine
Larissa and I LOVE breakfast for dinner! The Rise and Shine
Kick off your creation with a crispy
7. Sizzling Soyrizo
The Sizzling Soyrizo
The Sizzling Soyrizo
8. Portobello Powerhouse
The Portobello Powerhouse
Portobellos are a superstar in vegan dishes thanks to their meaty texture and rich, earthy flavor. They soak up marinades like a champ, and when grilled or roasted bring a savory umami goodness that rivals traditional meat dishes.
Build your Portobello Powerhouse
Here’s a great recipe from Lettuce Veg Out to help you grill up some tasty portobellos.
9. Tropical Tango
Get ready for a flavor vacation with the Tropical Tango
Start with a crispy
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Add some avocado slices for a creamy touch, and sprinkle on shredded red cabbage for extra crunch. Finish it off with a squeeze of lime juice to tie all those sweet, savory, and tangy flavors together.
10. The Big Nacho
In case you haven’t heard me mention on the podcast, nachos are my absolute FAVORITE food! With that, I bring you the Nacho Nirvana
The Nacho Nirvana
The true magic of the Nacho Nirvana
We hope these recipes have given you some great ideas for your own vegan tostadas! We’d love to hear some of your favorite ideas. If you’re a member of our closed Facebook Group, The Peas and Carrots Society, drop us a comment and let us know!
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