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Vegetarian Tostadas with Beans, Corn, & Zucchini

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These vegetarian tostadas are packed with the best summer produce for a filling and fresh meal. The key to this satisfying vegetarian tostada recipe is two things: different flavors and textures in the filling and flavorful (but soooooo simple) creamy salsa on top.

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These two things turn this from a veggie tostada to a HOMEMADE TOSTADAS recipe you need to make asap. Did I mention it takes just 20 minutes from start to finish?

Oh yes. SO easy. SO satisfying. SO nutritious. Add these healthy tostadas to your weeknight dinner rotation and your “best summer recipes” list and then be sure to try my ground turkey tostadas, black bean tostadas, and ground beef tostadas next time.

vegetarian tostadas

What is a Tostada?

A tostada is a flat taco! But really, tostada means “toasted” in Spanish so for this healthy tostada recipe, our filling is toasted, as well as the shell!

Tostadas are made from a crispy corn tortilla that is then topped with various toppings like beans, meat, and cheese and then traditional fresh taco toppings like lettuce, tomato, etc.

Vegetarian Tostada Recipe Ingredients:

These veggie tostadas are full of fresh and seasonal summer veggies!

  • Poblano peppers – Poblano peppers aren’t really spicy (although once in a while you might find one that is!) but they add a subtle smoky flavor. It’s the perfect addition to these Mexican tostadas.
  • Garlic – Necessary
  • Zucchini – When everyone’s trying to give away their zucchini, take it and make these! 🙂
  • Corn – A must in any summer dish in my opinion! It adds a nice pop of sweetness to the bean tostadas.
  • Pinto beans – The beans help add filling fiber and protein to the tostadas.
  • Creamy salsa – This tasty combo elevates these corn tostadas and it couldn’t be easier! Simply mix salsa and sour cream.
  • Tostada shells – It wouldn’t be a tostada without the tostada shells
    would it? These are essentially crispy corn tortillas, but they are flat!
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How to Make Vegetarian Tostadas:

This vegetarian tostada recipe comes together in just 20 minutes! It’s as easy as sautéing up the filling, which takes under 10 minutes.

So you’ll saute the peppers and garlic.

Then you’ll add in the zucchini and corn. We’re only going to cook this for about 5 minutes – we want our vegetables tender-crisp, not mushy!

pan of vegetarian tostada filling

Finally, add the pinto beans. They essentially just need to be warmed until hot, about a minute or two!

vegetarian tostada filling

While the filling for the healthy vegetarian tostadas is cooking, stir together that creamy salsa. (Don’t tell anyone how easy it is!)

How do You Eat a Tostada?

I’ve got three answers for this question!

One: GO ALL IN! Just pick it up with two hands and munch away. (Serve with plenty of napkins!)

Two: Break tostadas into pieces and use them to scoop the veggie filling and creamy salsa.

Three: Deconstruct them! If I’m serving tostadas to young kids (which I am doing 99% of the time) I’ll serve all of the components separate and they can eat them separately. (Read more about my philosophies when it comes to feeding kids here.)

three vegetarian tostadas

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Vegetarian Tostadas with Beans, Corn, & Zucchini

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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This vegetarian tostada recipe is ready in just 20 minutes! These vegetarian tostadas are a plant-based, vegetarian, EASY, HEALTHY weeknight dinner.


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 green zucchini 
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 15 oz. can pinto beans
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup salsa verde
  • tostada shells
  • 1/2 small watermelon (about 6 cups cubes)
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced) (2 Tbsp. juice)
  • 1/3 cup freshly chopped mint


  1. Prepare ingredients:
    Mince garlic.
    Dice zucchini.
    Chop poblano pepper.
    Drain and rinse beans.
    Chop watermelon cubes.
    Stir together sour cream and salsa.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and poblano pepper to pan. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add zucchini and corn to pan and cook until zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and a pinch of black pepper. Add pinto beans to the pan and toss to combine, heat another minute, or until beans are hot.
  3. Meanwhile, put mojito watermelon salad together. Toss watermelon with lime juice, lime zest, and fresh mint.
  4. Top tostada shells with zucchini mixture and creamy salsa verde.


  • Get your kids involved! They can: stir together sour cream and salsa, help squeeze lime juice over the watermelon salad, put mint on salad, build their own tostadas.
  • Shortcut: Use frozen corn instead of fresh.
  • Salsa verde: Can also use regular salsa.

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  1. Gail Dzurak

    I have enjoyed making and eating this recipe since I saw you prepare it on TCL 2 years ago. You introduced me to poblano peppers!
    I have added a few more adult flavors sautéed onion and a small jalapeno pepper which appealed to my husband. Sometimes I add 8 oz. of browned ground beef.
    This is a delicious meal.

  2. Kim

    This was great – my whole family loved! I did use refried beans instead since the kids like them better. I also added a red bell pepper and subbed banana peppers for poblanos because I had them in the garden, but it was a simple meal to make before soccer practice and we all enjoyed! The watermelon mojito salad was a great complementary dish also!