Updated: Apr 1, 2022
Tostadas make a great low-carb meal as long as your portions are in control. It's delish, it's light once you top it up with some heart-healthy veggies! It could serve as a great addition to quick healthy meal plans!
Tostadas are a wonderful twist to traditional and high-carb pizzas. It's has a crispy thin crust, load it up with your favorite veggies on hand, fresh or frozen, or make it vegan by adding beans and tofu and top it off with cheese! Just re-create it every time you make it! It's one of the under 30 minutes for my household! :)
The word “Tostada” in Spanish means “toasted” and authentically, it's made from a deep-fried corn tortilla. Corn tortillas are also a great alternative as they are high in fiber. There are many wonderful options for low-carb tortillas available in grocery stores these days. My two favorite ones are 'Xtremen Wellness' and 'Carb Balance'. If you are not into low-carb, try whole-grain tortillas and they crisp up just fine!
Let's look at the recipe.
KETO friendly: use low carb tortillas (brands like 'Carb-balance' or 'Xtreme Wellness' or similar)
Prep time: 10 minute
Bake time (for tortillas): 10-12 min
Cook time (for topping): 10 min
4 medium-sized soft taco flour tortillas (or low carb variety as mentioned above)
4 cups fresh/ frozen veggies (diced onions, zucchini, bell peppers or quick-cooking veggies of choice)
olive/avocado oil, 2 Tbsp
extra-firm tofu, 1 cup
taco seasoning, 1-2 tbsp
turmeric powder, (1/2 tsp) or dry cumin powder, 1 tsp (optional)
salt to taste
green chilies (optional)
Serve with a side of - taco sauce
pierce a few holes on a flour tortilla with a fork to avoid puffing during baking.
toast the tortillas at 350F for 10-12 min till crisp (going over 12 min could burn them easily). Lightly spray them with olive oil spray, and bake them for five minutes. Repeat on the other side for 4 more minutes and let it cool.
cook onions in olive oil, and add all veggies subsequently. Cook for 5 minutes or so, and avoid overcooking. Add firm tofu or black beans, stirring gently. Remove from the stove.
pour the mixture onto the tostada. If adding tomatoes, add now. Broil for 2 minutes for the extra crunch.
A toaster oven or air-fryer works well too instead of the gas oven
It's recommended you toast the tostadas, fresh (no more than2-3 hours before eating). If pre-roasted, they lose the crunchiness and crispiness.
Turmeric and cumin powder just add another layer of flavor, it's optional though
Add the topping right before serving, otherwise, it gets soggy
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I would love to hear your re-created version for sure! :)