Quick and Easy Tostada Buffet Menu

Chicken Tostadas
Chicken Tostadas. Linda Larsen

I think I like this quick and easy tostada buffet menu idea best of all. It's almost like a bake-your-own pizza party, but easier and more sophisticated at the same time. Follow the instructions in the Chicken Tostadas recipe to fry the tortillas and assemble the basic ingredients, then let your imagination take it from there.

There are some wonderful topping choices for these buffet recipes. I personally love 'faux' chicken nuggets. Now, don't make a face - they are really wonderful! They taste just like chicken, are better for you since they contain soy, and vegetarians can eat them too. Then, of course, there are the classic tostada toppings, like ground or shredded beef, shredded chicken, meatballs, guacamole, chopped tomatoes, or shredded lettuce and cheese. Or the real chicken nuggets, if you must!

This buffet should be set out in a certain order too. Place the crisp fried tortillas or tortilla shells first, followed by the refried beans, kept hot in a crockpot. Then place the hot toppings (like those chicken nuggets, or a thick chili), followed by salsas, cheese, lettuce, guacamole, peppers, other vegetables, and anything else your heart desires. Lots of napkins and some sturdy plates are a necessity.

Offer lots of beer, pop and sparkling water, some great candies, an ice cream pie, or cookies for dessert, and you have a fabulous party that's super easy on the host or hostess.

Quick and Easy Tostada Buffet Menu

Tostada Recipes

  • Chicken Tostadas
    This recipe is really wonderful. Adapt the ingredients to your own taste. And please try the faux chicken nuggets - they really are good, and I think they taste better than the real thing! You can use real breaded chicken nuggets if you prefer.
  • Fish and Slaw Tostadas
    It's hard to believe this recipe starts with frozen fish sticks, because it tastes so good. I love the combination of hot, tender fish with cool and creamy cabbage; it reminds me of Mexican fish tacos.
  • Tender Shredded Beef
    This luscious and tender recipe can be used as a sandwich filling, for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and even as an appetizer dip. It's versatile!
  • Ground Beef Tostada Filling
    This savory filling can also be used for tacos - or try it as a pizza sauce or as sloppy joe filling.
  • Shredded Chicken In Tomato Sauce
    Tender chicken is simmered in a rich tomato sauce for this fabulous tostada filling recipe.
  • Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili
    This great vegetarian chili is thick and rich; perfect for tostadas.

Dessert Recipes

  • Ice Cream Pie
    Using different kinds of crumbs and different ice cream flavors and toppings, you can create an almost infinite variety of super easy summer desserts using this easy recipe.
  • Coconut Drops
    After you taste this candy, you'll never buy commercial coconut candy bars again!
  • No Bake Rocky Road Bars
    This recipe will work fine with any generic frosting mix. I changed the recipe to use a graham cracker crust so there's no baking needed.
  • Mint Fudge Pie
    A chewy brownie base is covered with mint chip ice cream and chocolate topping in this decadent make ahead pie.
  • More Sweet Pie recipes