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I love me a good tostada.

I started making these crispy Mexican inspired snacks when I was on a diet but now I like them so much they’ve become a staple in my weekly meal plans.

This is another recipe that’s super easy to ‘accessorize’ and change up once you know how to make the base. I usually make them vegetarian ’cause that’s just what I have lying around but I’ll share a few different topping ideas to help you get inspired. 

Let’s get started! 


The Ingredients

Hard taco shells – two or three shells per person, snapped in half and laid flat

1 can refried beans 

1 can or bag of frozen corn

Salsa or hot sauce 

Shredded cheese (optional)

Chopped fresh veggies like arugula, red onion, or avocado (optional)

Shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken (optional)


The Steps

These super easy tostadas take almost no time at all to make and enjoy. Simply follow these steps to assemble and heat them up in the microwave and you’ll be chowing down in no time.

  1. Lay your taco shells flat on the plate
  2. Spread refried beans over them as thick or as thin as you like
  3. Sprinkle corn kernels on top (if you’re using frozen kernels, there’s no need to thaw them before this step) 
  4. Top with hot sauce and chicken or shredded cheese if desired
  5. Microwave for one to two minutes (until hot)
  6. Add the cold toppings like onion, arugula, and salsa
  7. Enjoy! 


Cook This Easy Tostada Recipe in Your Microwave

I’d like to take this moment to formally apologize to any Mexican who’s reading this easy tostada recipe and offended by my super lazy microwave version of it.

But the truth is, this easy tostada recipe is pretty damn good, filling, cheap, and so quick to make I just can’t help myself from throwing one together for lunch every now and then. Once you try them out, I’m pretty confident you’ll feel the same way. 

Still hungry? Check out the Digital Nomad Cookbook for more suuuuuper simple recipes for digital nomads on the road like my easy microwave sushi, this quick 15-minute chili, and more!


I’ve been traveling full-time for three years, these are the resources that make it happen:

➤ I exclusively use Airbnb for savings and security on long-term stays in furnished apartments.

➤ I use for short-term stays in hostels and hotels on weekend trips.

Skyscanner and the Scott's Cheap Flights newsletter help me find and book cheap flights and mistake fares.

Upwork allowed me to take the leap to travel full-time because they make it so easy to find freelance clients in any field. 

➤ The Superstar Blogging Travel Writing Course launched my travel writing career and helped me become a contributor at sites like Cincinnati Refined and International Living, and even get published in the Boston Globe.

➤ Finally, I love hosting my travel blog on SiteGround because they have helpful and responsive customer service and I love MediaVine and CJ for helping me make a living doing what I love!


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