This gluten-free vegetarian tostadas recipe is a delicious plant-based spin on traditional Mexican tostadas.
Mexican is one of my favorite international cuisines, and luckily, it’s super simple to make gluten-free!
You’ll love the veggie-filled filling, crunchy corn tostada shell, and delicious homemade creamy honey lime sauce.
Keep reading for the best tips on how to prepare this delicious veggie tostada recipe or use the jump to recipe button below to jump right to the recipe card.
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Why You’ll Love these Gluten-Free Vegetarian Tostadas
These plant-based tostadas are a burst of flavor–so flavorful you won’t miss the meat. In these tostadas, you’ll love:
- The crunchy shell that’s perfectly toasted and topped with melty cheese
- The filling has an assortment of flavors from the chard, beans, and potato, and topped with the most delicious homemade honey-lime sauce (which, honestly, is the perfect topping for tostadas)
- This dish is high in folate, plant-based iron, vitamins C & K, and a variety of minerals
This dish is wholly perfect just as is.
Are tostadas gluten free?
If you’re wondering: is there gluten in tostadas? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no.
While this Mexican-style tostada recipe is, indeed, gluten-free as written, not all tostadas are gluten-free. While tostada shells are traditionally made of corn, which is gluten-free, some brands may use a blend of flours including some made of gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley, or rye.
It’s always important to check the nutrition label of the item you are purchasing to be sure it is made with gluten-free ingredients or if it has a gluten-free claim on the package (even better!)
Additionally, if you are eating out at a restaurant, you want to be sure that the food is being prepared to minimize cross-contact (including whether tostada shells may be fried in a shared fryer or if any seasoning may contain gluten).
If you’re curious what questions to ask while eating out to ensure a safe dining experience, check out my tips in this post.
Veggie Tostadas Ingredients
Most of these ingredients for these vegetarian baked tostadas can be found at your local grocery store. However, you can get a really great deal on some of these ingredients (like spices, beans and gluten-free corn tortillas) at Thrive Market.
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To make this vegetarian tostada recipe you’ll need:
- avocado oil. or other high heat oil. We like this avocado oil. Alternatively, you could use an avocado oil spray like this one to cut down on the amount of oil used.
- sweet onion.
- minced garlic.
- yukon gold potatoes.
- chili powder. Always double check that your spices are gluten-free. We typically buy the Badia brand at our local grocery store, but you can also find it on Amazon here.
- cumin. We buy Badia for this too.
- canned black beans. I used these from Whole Foods to make these black bean tostadas.
- swiss chard. I know depending on where you live fresh greens can be difficult to find depending on the time of year. If you need to sub something else, try rainbow chard, kale, or collard greens.
- Salt & pepper to taste.
- plain Greek yogurt. I used Chobani brand.
- honey. I’m a big fan of local honey, but if you can’t find it locally, this brand is really delicious.
- gluten-free corn tortillas. (see below for brand recommendations)
- white cheese cheese. We used regular mozzarella
- Cilantro. I love cilantro, but if you do not, try fresh parsley instead.
Can you make these into vegan tostadas?
This base recipe would make great vegan tostadas! You can sub gluten free vegan cheese shreds instead of the cheese on the tostada shells and top it with a delicious mango habanero salsa instead of the yogurt sauce. Or you could make the yogurt sauce with a gluten free vegan yogurt option.
Are corn tortillas gluten friendly?
In this recipe we use corn tortillas. As long as they are made only using corn (and not other grains that contain gluten) the tortillas are gluten-free.
However, there are also many brands that are certified gluten-free.
My family typically purchases Guerrero brand corn tortillas.
They are pliable (aka: do not crumble easily) and are very tasty. Plus, they are certified gluten-free! Find them on Amazon here.
Equipment to Make Homemade Baked Tostadas
To make these tostadas at home, you’ll need a few kitchen essentials:
- Cutting board. I like these cutting mats because they are color coded, helping to prevent cross contact.
- Chef’s knife.
- Mixing bowls.
- Large skillet.
- Sheet pan.
- Citrus squeezer. You can just juice it by hand, but I find one of these does a great job and it keeps seeds from getting in your food.
How to make tostadas in the oven
First, you’ll need to preheat your oven, prep your vegetables, and heat your sauté pan over medium heat.
You’ll sauté the onions in half of the avocado oil until they begin to be translucent (this will take about 3 minutes).
Then, add the potatoes and cook until they begin to brown. If needed, add a couple tablespoons of water into your sauté pan to keep them from sticking.
Add the chopped stems of the swiss chard, garlic, chile powder, and cumin and cook until the stems begin to soften and potatoes are fully cooked through.
Next, add the black beans to the pan and mix, cooking until the beans are heated through.
Lastly, add the leaves of the chopped swiss chard and mix together. Remove the chard, bean, and potato mixture from the heat. The chard will slowly begin to wilt even with the pan off the heat.
Baking corn tortillas for tostadas
Brush the tortillas lightly with olive oil and arrange on a large sheet pan, and cook in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes until the tops begin to get crispy.
Halfway through cooking, remove from the oven, top with grated cheese, and put back in the oven until the cheese is fully melted.
Preparing the Creamy Honey Lime Topping for Tostadas
While the corn tostada shells are cooking, juice your lime and mix with the yogurt and honey, adding salt and fresh chopped cilantro to taste.
Assemble Your Gluten-Free Tostadas
Assemble your gluten-free vegetarian tostadas by topping the cheesy tostada shells with a portion of the potato mixture, a dollop of yogurt lime sauce, and freshly chopped cilantro or other toppings of your choice.
What to serve with Vegetarian Tostadas
These gluten-free vegetarian tostadas would taste great with a side of rice, a side salad, or this gf + vegan Southwestern Quinoa Salad.
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Gluten-Free Vegetarian Tostadas with Honey Lime Sauce (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Plant Based)
- cutting board
- chef's knife
- mixing bowls
- large skillet
- sheet pan
- citrus squeezer
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 sweet onion diced
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 3 yukon gold potatoes diced small
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 can black beans drained & rinsed
- 1 bunch swiss chard chopped with stems separated
- salt & pepper to taste
Honey Lime Sauce
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
Corn Tostada Shells
- 1 tbsp avocado oil (or other high temperature oil)
- 8 gluten-free corn tortillas
- 8 oz Monterey jack cheese shredded
- lime slices
- cilantro chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Prepare the Tostada Filling
- Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté the onions in 1 tbsp of the avocado oil until they begin to be translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Add the chopped potatoes and cook for about 6 minutes until they begin to brown. If they begin to stick, add a couple tablespoons of water to the pan.
- Add the chopped stems of the swiss chard (not the leaves), minced garlic, chili powder, and cumin and cook for about 2 minutes, and season to taste with salt and pepper. If the potatoes are still not cooked through, add a few more tbsp of water and continue to cook.
- Once the potatoes are cooked through, add the drained black beans to the pan and mix to combine. Once the beans are heated through, add the leaves of the chopped swiss chard and mix together. Remove the pan from the heat.
Prepare the Tostada Shells
- Brush the tortillas lightly with olive oil and arrange on a large sheet pan, and cook in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes until crispy. Halfway through cooking, remove from the oven, top with grated cheese, and put back in the oven.
Prepare the Honey Lime Sauce
- While the tostadas are cooking, thoroughly combine the yogurt, lime juice, honey, salt to taste, and 1-2 tbsp of finely chopped cilantro (optional) in a small bowl.
Assemble the Veggie Tostadas
- Assemble your tostadas by topping the cheesy tostada shells with a portion of the potato mixture, a dollop of yogurt lime sauce, and freshly chopped cilantro or other toppings of your choice.
- ingredient and equipment suggestions & substitutions,
- tips for preparing the tostadas, and
- frequently asked questions
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Thursday 17th of November 2022
All of this looks so good! Bookmarked :)
Thursday 17th of November 2022
great! Let me know how it goes :)
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Saturday 15th of October 2022
This looks delicious and packed with flavor! I’m going to try this recipe.
Thursday 17th of November 2022
Let me know how you like it!