Tofu Tostadas

By Maria Lichty

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Tostadas are one of our go to meals. If we aren’t in the mood to cook, we always agree on tostadas. They only take minutes to make and are so good. We usually make Black Bean Sweet Potato Tostadas or Black Bean Mango Tostadas-depedning on what we have on hand.

The other night I asked Josh what he wanted for dinner, he said he didn’t care and didn’t have any ideas, so I immediately called it a tostada night. This time I mixed things up by making Tofu Tostadas. I was a little nervous Josh wouldn’t like them as much as our staple tostadas, but he loved them and so did I! They are getting added permanently to the tostada rotation.

We always make homemade baked tostada shells. They are so easy and much healthier than the fried tostada shells. I cooked up a little tofu mixture with onion, garlic, red pepper, chili powder, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro. The mixture smelled so good while it was cooking on the stove top. I am glad it didn’t take long to make because my belly started growling like papa bear as soon as it smelled those delicious spices.

We topped our baked tostada shells with the tofu mixture and garnished with tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice. You can go wild here and add whatever toppings you like-cheese, beans, salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, etc.

If you are looking for an easy meatless meal, give Tofu Tostadas a try! They are A-Ok!

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Tofu Tostadas

Tofu tostadas make a great meatless meal for any night of the week!
4.67 from 6 votes


  • For the tostada shells:
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt
  • For the Tofu:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper seeds removed and diced
  • 12 ounce firm tofu drained, pat dry and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Garnish:
  • Grape tomatoes cut in half
  • Avocado seed and skin removed, diced
  • Fresh cilantro chopped
  • Lime juice


  • 1. To make the baked tostada shells, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray each side of the corn tortillas with cooking spray. Season with salt. Place tortillas on a large baking sheet and bake until tostadas are lightly browned and crisp on one side, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the tortillas. Place back in the oven and cook until lightly browned and crisp on the other side, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
  • 2. Pour olive oil into a large heavy bottom skillet and place over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in the red pepper and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  • 3. Add tofu and season with chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper, to taste. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the tofu and cook until tofu is brown on each side, about 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh cilantro.
  • 4. Place tofu mixture on top of a crisp tostada shell. Garnish with tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, lime juice-if desired.
  • Note-Feel free to add your favorite toppings to the tostadas. Cheese, black beans, salsa, sour cream, and hot sauce are also great!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love tostadas and yours look wonderful!! I never had tofu, but now I think I want tot try it!!

  2. What a great idea for a meatless meal! I love tostadas – and quesadillas t00 (on the panini press!) – for a super quick and easy weeknight dinner.

  3. This looks so fresh and easy to prepare. I’m always looking for vegetarian menu ideas for my vegetarian son. This one I’ll certainly try!

  4. You and Josh are pretty smart cookies, even when you aren’t making cookies. I love, love, love tofu, its a texture thing.

  5. Love tostadas for the ease of getting them together. We’ve never tried them with tofu but I can’t wait to do that!

  6. You are good! I am not a fan of tofu (texture thing for me) and you have made me have a sudden craving for tofu tostadas. They look excellent.

  7. I’m trying to work up the nerve to buy tofo at the store. This might be a good way to try it for the first time. I think you set a new record for how many times one can say tostada in a small paragraph. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Tostadas are such a great go-to meal! I’ve never tried cooking with tofu before but it doesn’t sound too bad ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. uh-may-zing… I want to serve this to all my vegetarian friends AND all my omnivore friends! I love those half-cherry tomatoes! Perfect sweet bite to the deliciousness and savory-ness of the tostada ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. We eat a lot of tostadas and tacos at our home too. These tostadas look so colorful, healthy and delicioso.

  11. these look SO good and a great alternative to meat. i am a lover of tofu so this is definitely going on my list to make soon!

  12. This looks delicious and easy. I like to pan-fry the tofu first if doing something like this. And add some crushed cashew nut or peanut would have good texture too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I’ve never made tostadas but these look delicious. I’ll be pinning these and hopefully making them soon!

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  14. Yum! My husband recently stopped making fun of tufu and decided it was good ๐Ÿ™‚ so we’ve been eating it every couple weeks. Plus, my almost 2 yrs old son love it. Tostadas are also a staple in our house so I’m excited to try this recipe. Thanks!

  15. Made these last night! Didn’t have red peppers or cilantro but they were still soooooo delicious! Ate these in class and annoyed everyone with my crunchy tostada…

  16. Made these tonight for dinner. I added some bell peppers and onions and made them “fajitas” style. Really liked these and so did the family!

  17. Tried these tonight – really delicious! I didn’t have any chili powder, so I subbed half and half cumin and cayenne pepper. Topped with some cheese, chopped tomato, lettuce, cilantro & hot sauce. Loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

  18. LOVE these! Seriously great. I press the tofu first, so it’s a bit denser, and I use a different taco seasoning recipe, but I keep all else the same. I’ve made them twice in a week. Fantastic. Thank you so much!

  19. I recently started eating vegan foods, and I have to say, this recipe got my attention. ๐Ÿ™‚ The chili powder is a great addition!

  20. I can not thank you enough for this recipe. WE ARE OBSESSED! Ever since I discovered this recipe about a year ago on your website, I have been making this 2-3 times a month. Thankfully my husband craves these as much as I do! We love so many of your other recipes as well, thank you for sharing them. And, your sons are adorable!!

  21. 5 stars
    Happy to read this recipe, because my kids love tostadas and I was searching for a good recipe to make tostadas at home. Now I’ll try this on weekend.

  22. 5 stars
    Tonight I had a taco bar setup for dinner in my community of 12 people. I made the tofu as one of the proteins. Everyone loved it! Thank you so much.