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March 8, 2022

by Alyssa

How to Make Tostada Shells

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Here is everything you need to know about how to make tostada shells with gluten-free corn tortillas, avocado oil, and flaky salt for your favorite toppings.

stack of crispy tostada shells

If you haven't made your own tostadas before at home, you're in for a treat.

This recipe for how to make tostada shells sets you up to make the best crunchy meal with your favorite toppings. Once you know how to make the shells (with just three ingredients), the possibilities are pretty endless for dinner!

tortillas for tostadas

Ingredients for Tostada Shells

You only need three super simple ingredients for this recipe:

  • Corn tortillas. You an also use flour if you prefer. You'll want the small 3-inch tortillas.
  • Oil. I recommend using a spray oil like olive or avocado for a uniform coating.
  • Sea salt. The big, flaky salt adds a nice layer of crunch and texture.
crispy tostada shells with lemon

How to Make Tostada Shells

These shells are baked in the oven, where they get super crispy and golden.

uncooked tortillas on a baking sheet

Start by arranging the tortillas on a baking sheet. Spray them evenly with the oil and sprinkle with salt.

Place a metal wire rack on top of the tortillas to keep the tortillas flat in the oven. Bake the tortillas for 8 to 10 minutes, until they're golden brown and crispy.

baking sheet with tostadas and a wire rack on top

And yes, that's it!

You can enjoy your tostadas hot out of the oven or let them cool on a wire rack. They'll get crispy as they cool.

tostadas on a baking sheet

Toppings for Homemade Tostadas

Once you have these crispy and golden tostada shells, you can add your favorite toppings. Here are some of my favorites:

tostada shells on a wire rack

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If you make these Tostada Shells, be sure to leave me a comment below!

How to Make Tostada Shells

Here's how to make the best crispy gluten-free tostada shells in the oven with flaky salt.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 shells
Calories 57kcal
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stack of crispy tostada shells
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  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Place the tortillas on a rimmed baking sheet and spray with avocado oil. Sprinkle with salt. Flip and repeat on the other side.
  • Place a stainless steal cooling rack on top of the tortillas, with the bottom facing up.
  • Bake the tortillas for 8 – 10 mintutes until they are golden brown and crispy.


Serving: 1shell | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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