Cooking Classics: Tostada Shells


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The Technique

Tostada Shells

Tostadas are crisp, flat circles of corn tortillas that may be topped with a variety of items ranging from ground beef, Homemade Salsa, cheese & sour cream to shredded chicken, Charred Salsa Verde made with tomatillos & queso fresco. Sounds simple enough – deep fry corn tortillas in hot oil until golden brown. There is definitely a technique that must be adhered to in order to achieve a perfectly golden tostada shell from the center to the edges. Oil temperature must be maintained as it will tend to creep up during the frying procedure & they must be submerged during cooking. Although tostada shells may be prepared with homemade tortillas, a quick way to make them is by using a commercial batch. They are deliciously crisp & taste super close to those from your favorite restaurant plus it’s an excellent way to get several additional meals from a batch if there are any leftovers from a recipe of Authentic Beef Enchiladas or Charred Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas. A few key steps along with a bit of patience will aide in success. Learn how to fry tostada shells in your very own kitchen perfect to use for a variety of weeknight meal solutions & entertaining needs.


Tostada Shells

makes 8 tostada shells

Vegetable oil
8 {5-inch} corn tortillas
Kosher salt

Pour the oil to a depth of 1-inch in a 4-quart saucepan with tall sides. Attach a thermometer to the side & bring it to 360 degrees over Medium heat. Add one tortilla to the oil using long tongs. After approximately 10 seconds, the tortilla will puff. Pierce a small hole in the center. Carefully & gently submerge the tortilla in the oil using the tongs as it fries. Turn after 30 seconds. Carefully & gently submerge the tortilla in the oil using the tongs as it fries for an additional 30 to 45 seconds. If the oil climbs during the cooking process, turn down the heat & add a bit of oil from the container to cool it slightly in order to maintain the temperature. Remove the tortilla & place on a paper towel-lined rack over a half sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining corn tortillas. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Use as directed according to specific recipe applications.  

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 How To Troubleshoot Frying Tostada Shells

Visually troubleshooting certain techniques is a wonderful way to gain insight as to what you are looking to avoid as indicted in this image. Learn how to prevent this unacceptable result with a few valuable pointers. Deep frying your own batch of Tostada Shells will deliver an authentic Mexican cuisine restaurant quality to meals particularly when entertaining is planned. 


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One of the vital steps to ensuring a crisp corn tortilla is being certain to pierce a small hole in the center once it puffs in the oil. It will happen quickly, so you must be alert. Use a small wooden pick or the ends of the tongs to achieve this result. Secondly, carefully submerging it during the frying procedure all over the tortilla will aide in establishing even, golden color. Otherwise, you will have a tortilla that is super dark along the edges & hardly any coloration change in the center indicating a flimsy texture. 

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