Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tortilla or tortilla chip deep-fried until crisp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flat tortilla that has been fried or toasted, or a dish based on this. Usually associated with the cuisine of Latin America.
  • n. A bowl-shaped tortilla that has been fried and filled with various ingredients.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flat tortilla with various fillings piled on it
  • n. a crisp flat tortilla

Etymologies

American Spanish, from Spanish, feminine past participle of tostar, to toast, from Vulgar Latin *tostāre; see toast1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish tostada (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Either the shrimp tostada, which is loaded with shrimp and slices of avocado, or a shrimp cocktail.

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  • There were several surprises, not the least of which was the sausage mole tostada created by the team with Bosco syrup.

    A Cooking League of Their Own

  • (Pineapple juice sounds like an interesting (and delicious!) addition, though) There's a wonderful hole-in-the wall Veracruz-style Mexican seafood restaurant in my Texas hometown that first introduced me to ceviche on a tostada years ago, and I've been hooked ever since.

    Pickled shrimp with lime | Homesick Texan

  • For this reason, I think that olives and capers also go very well with fish, thus making this salsa a perfect topping for a Mexican fish dish such as a tostada or a taco.

    Fish tostadas, Veracruz style | Homesick Texan

  • And wonderful on a tostada with fresh slices of avocado!

    Pickled shrimp with lime | Homesick Texan

  • Other Blue Barn dishes include a $9 tostada salad with chopped romaine, toasted corn, black beans, jicama, cherry tomatoes, cheddar, pumpkin seeds and spicy chipotle-agave vinaigrette.

    Blue Barn

  • Or order a tostada/taco salad with beef or chicken minus the rice and beans and leave the tostada itself, just as you would a plate.

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  • Many foreigners shy away from these, but the gelatinous consistency of the trotters is a good contrast with the crispness of the tostada.

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  • Zora had never seen anybody handle a tostada with such finesse.

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  • Interestingly enough, one of our favorite local haunts serves delicious escabeche with the free appetizers (usually a mini tostada and something stuffed and fried - it varies every day).

    Cool off with hot jalapeno pickles | Homesick Texan

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