[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.

a tortilla fried until crisp and usually topped with a variety of ingredients, as shredded meat or chicken, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.

Nearby words

  1. tossed salad,
  2. tosser,
  3. tosspot,
  4. tossup,
  5. tost,
  6. tostado,
  7. tostig,
  8. tot,
  9. tot.,
  10. total

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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tostado (tɒˈstɑːdəʊ)

noun plural -das or -dos

a crispy deep-fried tortilla topped with meat, cheese, and refried beans

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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