tos·​ta·​da tō-ˈstä-də How to pronounce tostada (audio)
variants or less commonly tostado
plural tostadas also tostados
: a tortilla deep-fried in hot oil
also : a tostada tthat is topped with a mixture of ingredients (such as seasoned meat, cheese, and lettuce)

Examples of tostada in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But no need to choose one: Order small portions of several mariscos to purchase along with some crisped tortillas for make-them-yourself tostadas. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2024 Tacos El Gordo, which doles out wallet-friendly tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and other Mexican favorites, is among our favorites, as is the Instagram-worthy Cafe Lola, which dishes out sweet and savory breakfast and lunch staples (think crème brûlée challah French toast). Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2024 Another favorite of mine was Pier 7, a restaurant in Surfside that served raw-tuna Buddha bowls, mango-lime shrimp tostadas and other dishes. Ceylan Yeğinsu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2024 The sparse menu — four meats served as tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and mulitas — was painted on the wall. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Hurtado’s crossover menu offers items such as birria tacos and brisket tostadas. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4 Mar. 2024 There also are burritos, tostadas and more — and the portions are huge. Jerry Rice, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Most items like tostadas come with large portions of seafood, so come hungry or bring someone to share with. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2023 Cetina serves them now for every tostada on the menu; a dedicated tortilleria spends six hours making 150 raspadas a day. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2023

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Word History


Mexican Spanish tostada, from Spanish, feminine of tostado, past participle of tostar to toast, roast, from Late Latin tostare — more at toast entry 2

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tostada was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Tostada.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


tos·​ta·​da tō-ˈstäd-ə How to pronounce tostada (audio)
: a fried tortilla

Mexican Spanish tostada, a feminine form of tostado "fried," from Spanish tostado "toasted"

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