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[toh-stah-duh; Spanish taws-tah-th ah]
noun, plural tos·ta·das [toh-stah-duh z; Spanish taws-tah-th ahs] /toʊˈstɑ dəz; Spanish tɔsˈtɑ ðɑs/. Mexican Cookery.
  1. a tortilla fried until crisp and usually topped with a variety of ingredients, as shredded meat or chicken, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.
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Also tos·ta·do [toh-stah-doh] /toʊˈstɑ doʊ/.

Origin of tostada

1935–40; < Mexican Spanish, noun use of past participle of Spanish tostar to toast1
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tostado (tɒˈstɑːdəʊ)

noun plural -das or -dos
  1. a crispy deep-fried tortilla topped with meat, cheese, and refried beans
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Word Origin for tostada

Spanish, literally: toasted, past participle of tostar
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Word Origin and History for tostada


1945, from Mexican Spanish, from past participle of Spanish tostar "to toast" (see toast (v.1)).

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