These Healthy Shrimp Tostadas Bites are a mini version of the popular Mexican dish. Baking the corn tortilla rather than frying them is a huge calorie saver! This fun bite-sized appetizer is gluten-free and could easily be made vegetarian OR with chicken! You’ll want to save the recipe for any future get-together!
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Tostadas are such a delicious snack or appetizer to serve friends and family. Especially with Cinco De Mayo and the Kentucky Derby right around the corner! This year because both fall on the SAME DAY, everyone is calling it Cinco De Derby! How fun!? If I wasn’t pregnant, I would absolutely serve these with a mint julep! The famous derby drink! But for now, a mint and club will suffice! 🙂
If you enjoy your typical ‘taco Tuesdays’, then I’m betting you’ll want to make the transition to ‘tostadas’ Tuesdays!
There is just something about “toasting” the corn tortilla that makes these bites extra yummy.
Tip* The best way to toast your corn tortillas is either in the oven on high heat or frying in hot oil. I chose the oven for this recipe to make these a healthier appetizer but it is your choice.
What Are Tostadas And Can I Make Them With or Without Meat?
Tostadas are like an open-faced taco!
“Tostadas” in Spanish means “toasted”. So to make a real tostada(s), you will need to do just that! Toast the tortilla!
A corn tortilla is typically used as the base and is usually topped with beans, veggies, meat, cheese, etc.
For these tostadas bites, I chose to use refried beans, guacamole, shrimp and of course sour cream…because it’s my favorite.
You could fry your tortillas like most tostadas call for OR you can bake them like I did.
Which leads me to my next question…
Can I Bake Corn Tortillas To Make Tostadas?
Yes! AND it is SUPER easy!!!
All you need to do it spray or brush with oil. Just don’t use olive oil. Olive oil is not meant for high temperatures especially if you are frying these.
Next, just bake at 400 degrees F for no more than 10 minutes! You will see they are ready when they start to curl up and brown like in this photo here.
You don’t even need to flip them. They will come out nice and crispy without the hassle of frying.
Not to mention, you save a lot of calories. If you want to make these super healthy, use coconut oil. They even have coconut oil SPRAYS these days! How awesome is that? Because coconut oil comes solidified, the spray makes it so easy. If you can’t find the spray, just melt coconut oil in the microwave for about 15 seconds and then brush it on.
If your making these for a party, I suggest doing a few things…
Offer a variety of tostadas:
- Make a few vegetarian tostadas by replacing the shrimp with some corn (grilled if possible) , cheese and tomatoes on top!
- Make a few meat tostadas by replacing the shrimp with some shredded chicken or ground beef!
Put together a tostadas bar:
- Kind of like a taco bar, set out at least 5 or 6 small bowls with corn, onions, sour cream, meat, guacamole, shrimp, beans, chicken, tomatoes, etc. Bake or fry the tortillas ahead of time and place them in a large basket with tongs. Then allow guests to make their own mini tostadas! TIP* You can use a mini crock pot to keep the meat/fish warm. (Check out my Amazon list below to get one! They are awesome!!!)
- Sear your shrimp/meat, cut your veggies, mash your avocados, mix your toppings, do anything and everything tedious ahead of time! Then store in the fridge in small Tupperware containers or bowls. Then assemble right before guests arrive.
- Brown your tortillas ahead of time and keep WARM in the oven until ready to assemble. Use the “warm” setting on your oven for this! You don’t want your oven temp any hotter or they will burn or get too dry.
Use Tostitos/Corn Chips Instead:
- Buy any bag of ROUND corn chips and use them instead of cutting your own tortillas! Although I do not think they taste the same, they are still delicious as a substitute for your own corn tortillas and are the perfect bite-size!
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Looking for another fun Mexican appetizer? Try my Mini Fish Tacos With Chipotle Cream!
Healthy Shrimp Tostadas Bites
- 6 Corn Tortillas ((I used 5-6"))
- 24 Medium Shrimp ((Cleaned and deveined))
- 1/2 Tsp. Ancho Chili Powder ((or chili powder))
- 1/2 Tsp. Paprika
- 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Tsp. Salt
- 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
- 2 Tsp. Chipotle in Adobo ((canned))
- 1 Tbsp. Chopped Cilantro (or Parsley)
- 1 Ripe Avocado
- 1 Lime
- 1 Tbsp. Minced Red Onion
- 1/2 Cup Refried Beans ((canned))
- Prepare your guacamole and chipotle cream first to allow time for flavors to meld. Keep in fridge until ready to assemble.
- Dry your shrimp off as much as possible with a paper towel before seasoning! This will help your shrimp brown nicely! Add shrimp to a small bowl with chili seasoning plus 2 tbsp of oil and mix. **You may use less seasoning if you do not like too much spice!
- Turn heat to high and when your skillet is nice and hot, add shrimp. Saute until just pink. (This should take no more than a few minutes on each side!) Set asides in a small bowl when finished.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and begin preparing your mini rounds by cutting your tortillas using a 2" cutter. I was able to get 4 rounds from each of my tortillas but you may be able to get more (or less) depending on your tortilla and cutter. As long as you have mini 24 rounds when done!
- Spray or brush both sides generously with oil Bake for 7-9 minutes or until tortilla edges start to turn up and brown.
- When ready, begin assembly by adding a layer of refried beans, followed by another layer of the guacamole and then a dollop of chipotle cream. Finally, top off each tostada with one whole shrimp and serve immediately! (Sprinkle more cilantro or parsley on top if desired!)
- Prepare ALL of your toppings ahead of time to make the assembly quick and easy!
- Store toppings in the fridge until your ready to assemble!
- You can cut and bake your tortilla rounds ahead of time and warm them up in the oven before guests arrive.
- You can make these vegetarian by removing the shrimp and adding corn, tomatoes and/or cheese instead.
- You can also make these with ground beef or chicken!