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How to Make Tostada Shells

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

5 from 3 votes
Here's how to make the best crispy gluten-free tostada shells in the oven with flaky salt.
author: Alyssa
yield: 6 shells
stack of crispy tostada shells
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes



  • 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
cuisine: Mexican
course: Appetizer

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