Avocado Shrimp Tostadas


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Tostadas are one of my all time favorite dinners because they’re just so damn fun! Plus, I’m kind of obsessed with frying my own tostada shells and then making a few homemade chips for snacking too 🙂

I’m getting into full on avocado mode here in LA because it’s ALMOST spring. Never mind the fact that I’m literally sitting here writing this blog post in a full puffer jacket… March is around the corner and let’s hope the 70 degree weather is coming with it!

So while I fantasize of spring dinner parties outside, let’s make tostadas! These babies are made with my spicy refried bean recipe because ever since making that all those years ago, I’ve been making them in bulk and using them in just about everything! On top of the beans, I piled some charred corn, mashed avocado with lime juice and chives, pico and some spicy garlic sautéed shrimp.

These are also perfect for entertaining! You can make all the toppings and set them out on your counter and let your guests create their own tostada creations. Whip up a few freshly squeezed margaritas if that’s your thing and call it a party!

Check out some of my favorite Shrimp Recipes here:

  1. Spanish Paella

  2. Coconut Curried Shrimp with Coconut Rice

  3. Creamy Goat Cheese and Shrimp Pasta

  4. Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp

  5. How to Cook Perfect Shrimp Every Time!

  6. Shrimp Scampi with Couscous

  7. Shrimp and Crab Seafood Rolls

  8. Zucchini Noodles and Grilled Shrimp

  9. Arugula Pesto Pasta with Garlic Shrimp

  10. Avocado Shrimp Quinoa Bowl

  11. Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro Pesto

  12. The Ultimate Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Avocado Shrimp Tostadas

5 from 3 votes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4


  • 4 small corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 2 ears of corn grilled and kernels removed
  • 1/2 pound medium sized shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • In a skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat until almost smoking. Add the tortillas into the oil, one at a time, and fry on each side for about 2 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Remove with tongs and set aside to dry on a paper towel. Repeat process with other corn tortillas.
  • In a small bowl, place the avocado and chives and lime juice. Mash with a fork, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Toss the shrimp with the cayenne and garlic powder as well as salt and pepper. Sauté in a medium skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil for 2-3 minutes on each side until pink and cooked.
  • Spread the 1/4 cup of refried beans on top of each tortilla.
  • Sprinkle on the charred corn
  • Spread a layer of the mashed avocado chive mixture on top.
  • Top the mashed avocado with the pico
  • Finish with a few shrimp.
  • Season with salt and pepper if needed.

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  1. Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    mmmm, so fresh and summery! i love tostadas too…it’s been way too long since i made them!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Gaby the photography is so vibrant. Love all the colors. Wow, looks sooo yum!

  3. Anya

    MMM!!!! My two favorite things, shrimp and mexican food, how wonderful!!

  4. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Amazing. Now craving refried beans, and tortilla, and avocado, and shrimp…gah! My brown bag lunch will not live up to this post. 🙂

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  6. Allison [Girl’s Guide to Social Media]

    Eating as many avocados as you can? Tough job, but someone’s gotta do it 😉 Eating California Avocados is also helping our State economy, yay!

  7. Marla

    These tostadas look awesome & I very much wish I had some for after my swim today 🙂

  8. Deseree

    Oh my. These look wonderful. I am a huge fan of anything with shrimp and avocado. I like the addition of cayenne too I bet it gives it just enough heat. 🙂

  9. Cookin’ Canuck

    Oh my, now this is a dish I can get behind. The grilled corn would add the perfect smoky flavor.

  10. Becki (Becki’s Whole Life)

    One of my favorite restaurants here in Raleigh does great tostadas and these look very similar. My mouth is now watering – yum!

  11. Allison

    These look and sound amazing!!! I don’t have grapeseed oil though, any other oils that would work just as well?

  12. [email protected]

    It’s been ages since I’ve made tostadas and these look fantastic! Definitely will have to make your spicy refried beans to go with them!

  13. Kathy – Panini Happy

    This just went onto the menu for next week! 🙂

  14. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    This looks so good, I wish I had one for breakfast!

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  16. Peggy

    We actually just had some chicken and black bean tostadas for dinner earlier in the week – this shrimp and avocado version will definitely be next on our list!

  17. Wenderly

    Those look so divine! Literally *everything* that I love! YUM!

  18. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme

    A perfect summertime recipe! Adding it to my to-try list for next weekend.

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    This may be our Cinco de Mayo dinner for tonight- looks amazing!


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  23. Heather Christo

    oh yum!! those shrimp look perfect and I love the idea of SPICY beans!

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  25. Michelle

    These are great! And totally adaptable for a weeknight meal. I microwaved the corn on the cob (no judging!) and then cut off the kernels and cooked them in my skillet. We put all of the fixings in bowls on the table and everyone made their own, just to their own liking. It was perfect!

  26. Ihavagram

    5 stars
    Huge compliments when I made this dish . Loaded with flavors and yet easy to make !