Healthy Mexican Recipe: Easy Grilled Tostadas

Updated on May 2, 2017
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Healthy Mexican Tostadas
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Low Fat Tostada Recipe

Finally, balmy fall days arrived. Sapped of our strength by the sultry Phoenix summer, we eagerly anticipated grilling in the backyard and dining al fresco.

We had just discovered our new favorite restaurant, The Mission, with our lifelong friends Joe and Karen. It's the kind of restaurant where you can savor Latino flavors by candlelight then linger over drinks and conversation. Our appetites whetted for Southwestern spice, we set out on a venture: creating our own fresh Mexican dish. We decided to develop a recipe for flavorful and healthy tostadas.

I had never been a fan of tostadas. Store-bought tostada shells are often stale and ground beef fillings greasy and flavorless. That was before I tasted this flavorful dish. Smoky green chile salsa sends these tostadas soaring to the top of our Mexican favorites list. Fresh toppings make them extra satisfying.

Why are these tostadas healthier? Instead of frying the tortillas we brush or spray them with grapeseed oil. Then we heat the grill, lid closed, to 400 F. After opening the lid we place six tortillas on the grill surface. We close the lid and wait until the temperature again reaches 400F. Sixty seconds later, the edges have charred and the tortillas are beginning to crisp.

Serve these rustic, smoky tortillas as an appetizer, or with a side of beans & rice as a main dish. Enjoy!

The Mission, our favorite Southwestern restaurant
The Mission, our favorite Southwestern restaurant | Source

Tostadas Recipe

Mexican Tostadas

5 stars from 4 ratings of Tostadas

Healthy Mexican Tostadas

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 12 appetizers or 6 light meals

Ingredients

  • 12 yellow corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 lbs. 85% lean ground beef
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin, ground
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup baby organic spinach
  • 3/4 cup Feta cheese crumbles, fat free
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, fat free
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • grapeseed oil or cooking spray, for tortillas
  • Fire-Roasted Green Chile Salsa, see recipe below

Instructions

  1. Cook ground beef in a large skillet and brown, stirring constantly and breaking up chunks.
  2. Add spices and 1/4 cup water. Simmer for 15 minutes or until fragrant and cooked through.
  3. Heat oven or grill to 400 F. Brush tortillas with oil using a pastry brush or spray with cooking spray.
  4. Place tortillas on grill. Bake or grill approximately one minute, or until edges begin to char. Turn tortillas and grill one minute on the other side or until crispy.
  5. To assemble tostadas: sprinkle two tablespoons of seasoned meat over each tostada shell.
  6. Layer other ingredients in the follow order: baby spinach, Feta crumbles, guacamole, yogurt and tomato quarters. Drizzle with special green chile sauce.
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Fire roast tomatillos & peppersPrepare toppingsHeat meat or beansChoose Gluten-Free tortillasGuacamole, sour cream or yogurt add creaminess
Fire roast tomatillos & peppers
Fire roast tomatillos & peppers | Source
Prepare toppings
Prepare toppings
Heat meat or beans
Heat meat or beans
Choose Gluten-Free tortillas
Choose Gluten-Free tortillas
Guacamole, sour cream or yogurt add creaminess
Guacamole, sour cream or yogurt add creaminess

Ingredients/Substitutions:

  • Vegetarian tostadas: Use 2, 12-ounce cans of black beans instead of beef. Season beans with spices. Heat in a skillet, mashing them lightly with the back of a fork. Add water to thin, if necessary.
  • Lower fat tostadas: Try ground turkey instead of beef.
  • Quick & easy tostadas: Substitute chorizo for ground beef and seasonings.
  • Baja tostadas: substitute 1 1/2 pounds white fish fillets for the ground beef. Sprinkle fish with seasonings and sauté. Continue with step 3, substituting coleslaw mix or chopped raw cabbage for baby spinach.
  • Chicken tostadas: Dice 1 1/2 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts and/or thighs. Sauté until no longer pink. Continue with step 2.
  • Substitute field greens or another variety of chopped lettuce for the baby spinach.
  • Optional toppings include chopped red onion, green onion or cilantro. Minced fresh hot peppers such as jalapenos add more heat.
  • If you don't have Greek yogurt, try low-fat sour cream.
  • You can purchase the guacamole or click here for an easy recipe: Chunky Mexican Guacamole.
  • Substitute store-bought red or green salsa, although the Fire-Roasted Green Chile Salsa is worth the time and effort.
  • We use Mission yellow corn tortillas, which just happen to be gluten-free.
  • We prefer to brush the tortillas with grapeseed oil, which is ideal for the grill due to a higher smoke point.
  • If you don't want to bother with heating up the grill, brush tortillas with oil and bake them in the oven until crispy. The flavor won't be as smoky.
  • In a pinch, you can purchase pre-fryed Mission yellow corn tostadas. However, the total fat grams for the finished tostadas will increase.

The Perfect Salsa to Go With the Meal

Fire-Roasted Green Chile Salsa

Rather than burn the palate with spice, this salsa will tantalize your tongue with plenty of smoky, bright flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tomatillos, husked, rinsed and halved
  • 1 Anaheim chile, seeded and halved
  • 1 Poblano chile, seeded and halved
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and halved (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small fistful of cilantro, mostly leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Place tomatillos, chiles and garlic cloves, cut side down, on foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 20-30 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. Place in plastic bag and cool.
  5. Remove skin from peppers that easily peels off.
  6. Place roasted peppers and remaining ingredients in a blender container.
  7. Blend until roughly chopped, about 20 seconds.

Healthy & Easy Mexican Tostadas
Healthy & Easy Mexican Tostadas | Source

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 tostada
Calories 175
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 14 g28%
Sodium 149 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      21 months ago from Peru, South America

      I hope you enjoy these healthy Mexican tostadas, Nancie M!

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      Nancie McKinnon 

      21 months ago from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Seoul, South Korea

      These sound amazing! I love all fresh healthy ingredients. I'll be cooking these up in my own kitchen one of these days.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      This looks delicious! I am not a fan of store bought shells either---

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Rajan jolly, these fajitas are a nice way to get fresh vegetables into your family's diet. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These tostados look so tempting with all the colorful toppings. And healthy too with all those ingredients.

    • mylindaelliott profile image

      mylindaelliott 

      4 years ago from Louisiana

      It sounds sooo delicious.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Randomcreative, I hope you can try grilled tostadas soon. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a great idea to put tostadas on the grill! I would love to try them prepared in that method. Thanks for sharing so many great options for tostadas.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Vickiw, I have missed seeing you although I haven't been around much myself. I hope you can try these delicious tostadas soon. Thanks for coming by!

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      Vickiw 

      4 years ago

      Beautiful picture, and it must be great to be a family member of yours! Looks so tasty, I am looking forward to trying it! Sorry, haven't been around for a while!

      http://www.griefcanheal.com/

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Suzanne Day, thank you for your kind words. I wish I had your designer's eye. : ) Thanks for coming by!

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      Suzanne Day 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      These look divine and I want to eat one right now. I also like your writing style and can tell you have a bit of poet in you, with the delicious and melodic description of the low fat tostada!

    • Prithima Sharma profile image

      Prithima Sharma 

      4 years ago from Delhi, India

      hmmm yummie

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Au faut, thanks for the link...right back at you! Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      This looks so yummy! I've posted a link in my link capsule (along with all your other Mexican recipes) on my Quick and Easy Mexican Corn in a Cup recipe article. Looks like this article is an Editor's Choice too, congrats!

      Pinned to 'Awesome Hubpages,' and voted up!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      GetitScene, we hooe you enjoy these delicious and healthy tostadas. Thanks so much!

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      Dale Anderson 

      4 years ago from The High Seas

      We are going to make these tomorrow!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Vacation Trip, thanks so much!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Epbooks, enjoy! Thanks for coming by.

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      Susan 

      4 years ago from India

      Looks delicious. I liked your photos.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yum, yum, yum. This looks absolutely divine! Going to make this soon.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Hezekiah, this sounds like the recipe for you! It's definitely low carb and delicious. Hope you can try it sometime.

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      Hezekiah 

      4 years ago from Japan

      Low fast and Mexican - sounds like the perfect combination. I love Mexican foods but trying to stay away from the high carbs.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Deborah-Diane, I'm always happy to meet a fellow Mexican food lover.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Moonlake thank you for sharing the sweet anecdote about your tostada cravings! Hope you can try them sometime.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Prithima Sharma, thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Deborah-Diane 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      This looks wonderful! Mexican style dishes have long been very popular in our family!

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      4 years ago from America

      I love tostadas and your recipe looks so good. When I was pregnant with our oldest son tostadas was what I graved. Thanks for sharing, voted up.

    • Prithima Sharma profile image

      Prithima Sharma 

      4 years ago from Delhi, India

      wow, luking yummy, want to try it once... thanks for providing me this recipe.Great job,

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      DDE, I hope you have the chance to try Mexican food sometime! This one isn't too complicated to make and if you don't have tomatillos for a green sauce, you can use regular tomatoes to make a red salsa. Enjoy!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Healthy Mexican Recipe - Easy Grilled Tostadas looks such a lovely treat and though I would love to try this kind of food as yet I haven't had the chance to try Mexican foods thank you for this delightful recipe.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thanks for your comment, truthfornow.

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      truthfornow 

      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Looks yummy. The pictures are great.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      AliciaC, I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe and hope you can try it soon. Thanks for your comment!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love tasty and spicy food. These recipes sound and look delicious! Thanks for describing all the substitutions and suggesting alternate ideas, too. This is a very useful hub!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Prasetio30, I'm gald you plan to show yhis recipe to your mom. Thanks for your comment.

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      prasetio30 

      4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow....just looking at the pictures, makes me hungry. Thanks for sharing and I'll show the recipe to my mom. Good job and voted up. Yummy :-)

      Prasetio

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Lindacee, I'm glad you're going to try these low-fat tostadas. Grilling the tostadas gives them such a nice smoky flavor. Enjoy and thanks for your comment!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      lesliebyars, thanks for the vote and tweet! I hope you can try these delicious tostadas someday.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      PeggyW, what a nice idea! I would love to publish a cookbook...maybe someday. Lately, I've only had time to write a few Hubs, let alone a cookbook. I appreciate your support and I love your new profile photo. : )

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      lindacee 

      4 years ago from Arizona

      Wow! There are dishes I love more than homemade tostadas! Looking forward to trying your low fat version. As always, thank you for sharing your culinary expertise!

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      lesliebyars 

      4 years ago

      Sounds delicious and I love Mexican food. I was hooked as soon as I spotted the picture. Voted up and useful plus I tweeted it.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh my! This looks and sounds delicious! Have you ever thought about assembling your work into a cookbook? You have such a wide variety of great sounding recipes!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Paul Edmondson, the chunky guacamole really adds a fresh touch to these tostadas. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      chef-de-jour, I'm glad you're going to share this recipe with your son. They're fun to make and even more fun to eat...hope he can make some for you soon. Enjoy!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      CraftytotheCore, I wish I could send a tostada over your way. They really are a delicious way to get out in the backyard for some food on the grill. Enjoy!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      JustAskSusan, I'm glad you're going to try these delicious tostadas. The green chile salsa is very addictive. Enjoy!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      anglnwu, the green chile salsa is definitely worth trying. I love sauces that are full of flavor but still healthy and low fat. Enjoy! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      GlimmerTwinFan, thanks for the encouragement! I hope to spend more time at HP...it's been a crazy year. : )

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Daddy Paul, thanks for coming by!

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      Paul Edmondson 

      4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      The guacamole looks amazing in this.

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      Andrew Spacey 

      4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Nicely put together.

      My son cooks Mexican for us all every time he comes home from uni. I'll show him your tostadas - guaranteed to inspire him to even more Mexican cooking.

      Votes for this delicious hub.

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      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      These look so delicious! I'm so hungry right now. I skipped lunch. I could take a bite right out of the screen! LOL

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You know how much I love Mexican food and your recipe will be tried as soon as I get to the grocery store to buy needed ingredients.

      Voting +++, sharing, pinning and more. Thanks for another great recipe!

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      anglnwu 

      4 years ago

      Oh my goodness, your food always looks so decidedly decadent. I could definitely eat a couple of those. Thanks for sharing, especially the green chili salsa. Going to make it. Rated up.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 years ago

      Yummy! Will be trying these soon. I'm glad to see your recipes again vespawoolf. Pinned and shared.

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      Daddy Paul 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Looks tasty.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      ChitrangadaShran, I'm glad you stopped by. I also like that this dish is colorful. Have a great week!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks so healthy and colourful and I am sure is equally delicious. Very nicely presented with so many variations.

      Thanks for all the effort! Voted up!

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      FlourishAnyway, I so agree about the black beans. They are really good on grilled tostadas. Enjoy! Thanks for coming by.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      This looks good. I like the black bean idea. I tried black beans on a whim about a year ago and could not believe what I was missing. Voted up and more.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Jackie Lynnley, it's so nice to hear from you! I'm glad you're going to try the vegetarian version with black bean filling. Thanks for coming by on this Sunday evening.

    • vespawoolf profile imageAUTHOR

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      JPSO138, enjoy these delicious tostadas! They take a little time, but the technique is easy and they're so worth the effort. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Don't know if it is your photography or recipe but that looks soooo good! I will def try it. I am just starting to use black beans in recipes so I know I like those and the rest just looks mouth watering. Thanks for sharing! ^

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      JPSO138 

      4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I love Mexican foods and I will surely try this out. Glad that you have shared this recipe. Up for this one...

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