What is a tostada?
A tostada is a flat, fried corn tortilla with a topping such as beans or pork. It’s usually doused with a salsa and sprinkled with garnishes such as lettuce or onions. Taken together as a whole, this is called a tostada.
But the plain fried tortillas themselves, without anything on them, are also called tostadas. Entire stores, called tostaderías, dedicate themselves to the production of tostadas for homes and restaurants in the area. Tostadas can also be used for chips and salsa or to accompany a posole.
WATCH: This video of a rather advanced tostada production line from another part of Mexico.
Common types of tostadas around Lake Chapala include tostadas de ceviche (shrimp or fish cured with lime juice), pierna (pork leg) and sencilla (no meat, usually beans). Common garnishes include lettuce or sliced cabbage, onions, tomatoes, and perhaps a little cheese or a drizzle of crema.
Tostadas are a common way to eat ceviche, which is fish or shrimp that isn’t cooked with heat but instead cured using lime juice. It’s usually mixed with carrot, zucchini, onion, cucumber and tomato.
LEARN MORE: About common types of Mexican food found at Lake Chapala by reading our food guide.
Last updated September 21, 2019