Pulled Pork Tostadas

These Pulled Pork Tostadas are a quick and easy way to break out of the boring dinner routine!

These Pulled Pork Tostadas are a quick and easy way to break out of the boring dinner routine!I like to think that we’re pretty social people.  We enjoy grabbing dinner out on the town, or just wandering up to Saratoga and walking the streets on a weekend.  But our favorite social activity is inviting friends over to our place.  Maybe it’s because both my wife and I like to cook.  Maybe it’s because entertaining in your own place is just more fun.  Whatever the reason, we’re always looking for an excuse to invite friends over for dinner and drinks.

These Pulled Pork Tostadas are a quick and easy way to break out of the boring dinner routine!Back when we lived in Atlanta (which is more years ago than I care to admit), we’d invite our grad school friends over once or twice a month for food, fun and general shenanigans.  (The shenanigans ranged anywhere from watching the Super Bowl to playing a board game to breaking out a pinata in the backyard.)  As I mentioned, we’re always looking for an excuse to invite folks over, and every May we host a Cinco de Mayo party.  In truth, it sometimes becomes a Seis de Mayo party or a Sieta de Mayo party or one time a Dieciocho de Mayo party.  (We were out of town the weekend before.)

These Pulled Pork Tostadas are a quick and easy way to break out of the boring dinner routine!So one of our last years in Atlanta, we decided to go all out for our Cinco de Mayo bash.  We *almost* hired a miriachi band to walk around playing music.  We seriously had their business card and all…but in the end, the fact that we were both in grad school led us to passing on the mariachi band.  The party was great.  We whipped up an epic fajita bar, and we had all sorts of Mexican drinks on hand.  But we noticed that two of our best friends didn’t show up.  Not a huge deal.  We figured that something else had come up.  Until the next night when they showed up for the party.  Uhhh…oops.  Turns out they had gotten the days mixed up for our party.  I guess I can’t blame them when our Cinco de Mayo party landed on May 18.

These Pulled Pork Tostadas are a quick and easy way to break out of the boring dinner routine!So what do these Cinco de Mayo shenanigans have to do with Pulled Pork Tostadas?  Not much.  Except that tostadas are a classic Mexican dish.  And they’re delicious!  We were craving some bright, fresh food the other night.  I had some pulled pork left over in the freezer from last summer, so I decided to serve it up on tostada shells.  But the real winner of this recipe is the Tomato-Onion topping that goes on top of the pulled pork.  It might still be winter here in upstate New York, but this indoor meal totally got us both in the mood for the warmer days ahead.  These Pulled Pork Tostadas have definitely earned a spot in the regular dinner rotation now!

These Pulled Pork Tostadas are a quick and easy way to break out of the boring dinner routine!What is your favorite way to use leftover Pulled Pork?

Have you ever hired a mariachi band?

These Pulled Pork Tostadas are a quick and easy way to break out of the boring dinner routine!

Pulled Pork Tostadas

These Pulled Pork Tostadas are a quick and easy way to break out of the boring dinner routine!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 401kcal


  • 8 6” corn tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp canola or corn oil

For the Onion-Tomato Topping

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes quartered
  • cup cilantro chopped
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 1 cup corn fresh or frozen
  • 1 14.5 oz can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice

For the Tostadas

  • 2 cups lettuce shredded
  • 3 cups pulled pork shredded and warmed (homemade or store-bought)
  • ½ cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • lime wedges


  • Prepare tostadas by brushing both sides of corn tortillas lightly with canola oil; place tortillas on 2 foil-lined sheet pans. Broil 6” from the heat source for 3 minutes. Flip tortillas and broil for 3-4 more minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, using a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the Onion-Tomato Topping; stir until well combined.
  • Divide the lettuce evenly across tostadas. Top with pulled pork, Onion-Tomato Topping, sour cream and feta. Serve with lime wedge.

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  1. David! I will love to be invited the the siesta de mayo party!! sounds like a lot of fun! or even dieciocho de mayo!! your tostadas looks so good! I am a big fan of pulled pork!

    1. Then come on over, Gaila! We’re all about any excuse to invite friends over and eat tasty Mexican food. Plus the timing is perfect for the beginning of warmer weather. 🙂 It’s coming soon…

  2. Hi David! Usually I make tacos or nachos but now I’m craving tostadas! Pulled pork can be used in so many different dishes and is really quite easy to make. One of my favorites is a pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw (with a nice cold beer)! Trust your curling tournament/trip was fun! 🙂

    1. We usually make tacos, too, Dorothy…but tostadas are a super fun way to mix it up a bit. Laura literally said this opens up a whole new world of combinations when I made these tostadas! The curling trip was indeed fun. We went 2-3 which is ok, but I would have liked to at least win as many as we lost. Either way, we had a lot of fun! Now I want a pulled pork sandwich + cole slaw (and beer!) for lunch today. 🙂

  3. David – you and Mrs Spiced don’t need to think of an excuse to have us over, Lil Shashi and I will gladly be y’alls dinner guests (or, more like anytime-meal guests) – we are packing our bags right now and heading there in a few – better keep some of that pulled pork handy! We’ve been craving fresh food too – I think it’s cos we had our first taste of spring yesterday with temperatures almost near 70 – so these tostadas are perfect – I’ll even hire a Mariachi band (for the first time) and bring them over to serenade you two new parents! 🙂

    1. Then get on up here, Shashi! We’ll be happy to host you guys…as long as you bring us some of your delicious kitchen creations! 🙂 Oh, and we’ve always got pulled pork handy. I smoke a ton of it every summer, and then freeze it for year-round nom-noms. Instead of hiring a mariachi band, how about you and lil Shashi just do it yourselves? Haha!

    1. Thank you so much, Marcela! We always keep pulled pork around in the freezer, and it usually turns into sandwiches…but now it’ll be tostadas instead! 🙂

  4. The main advantage of having guests over your place is…that you don’t need to go home once the party is over. Admit it, David! That’s why I prefer people came over our place. But if you send me an invitation (and promise you’ll make these delicious tostadas), be sure I won’t miss the date!;)

    1. Hey, that is totally an advantage, Ben! We love cooking and entertaining, but I also love not having to drive home at the end of the night. You caught me! Your invitation to the next party is in the mail! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Rahul! We usually just go with tacos, but tostadas don’t take much longer…and they’re a great way to mix up dinner a bit. 🙂

  5. This is a great use for leftover pork! I think you could start planning a Cinco de Mayo party for March instead of May! Of course, I don’t know the Spanish word for March…. Let me know when your next dinner party is scheduled….I’m coming! 🙂

    1. Hey, I like the way you think, Kathy! Let’s start doing a Cinco de every-single-month party. We love to entertain, so I am totally on board with this plan. Your invitation is in the mail! 🙂

  6. These pulled pork tostadas look really yummy. I love pulled pork! I like your story about friends coming to a party the day after you had the party, that has happened to me and my hubby too where a couple came to our house the day after a party we had.

    1. Hey, I can see how it would happen…especially if you’re busy. You think you know when the party is, but you never actually double-check it. Then the next thing you know, you show up a day late. Oops! Thanks so much, Dawn!!

    1. We totally should have hired that band! We still talk about it occasionally. The party was awesome, but the band would have taken it to a whole new level. We both share a love for Mexican food, Dannii…so I knew you’d appreciate our story! You and Dave should come over to the next Cinco-de-something party that we have! 🙂

  7. I just assumed you’d used queso blanco until I read “feta.” That’s an interesting choice. I bet it’s fantastic. But don’t feel like you have to serve tostadas when you invite me over. I’ll just scroll through your blog as if it were a menu, and recommend a dozen or so dishes. 😉

    1. Haha! Feta actually works decently well in place of queso blanco…I know, I didn’t believe it either. But in the summer, I make Mexican Street Corn, and I usually use feta instead. True Story. Now please go ahead and put your order together before you get here. This ain’t no short-order kitchen, pal.

  8. We almost always have leftover pulled pork in our freezer too! I like to make pulled pork sandwiches for an easy option and also love to throw it in a stroganoff. I’ve never thought to make tostadas though. I hope warm weather comes your way soon and I’ll be checking my mail for an invitation to this year’s Cinco de Mayo party!

    1. We love pulled pork sandwiches from the freezer stash of pulled pork! In fact, we had them last night. But I’ve been hunting for ways to mix it up a bit. I like the stroganoff idea! Oh, and I’ll definitely drop an invitation to you…but you gotta bring the beer! 🙂

  9. It was a terrible idea to read this post while I’m starving, because now ALL I want is these pulled pork tostadas! They look absolutely scrumptious, and your Cinco de Mayo party sounds like a blast. Can never have enough excuses to eat Mexican food 🙂

    1. Hahaha! That’s the funny thing about writing a food blog. You’re always hungry. I wonder why? 🙂 Thanks so much, Rachel!!

  10. Seriously, the issue I have with this is having leftover pulled pork…Just kidding, when I make a crockpot full of it, leftovers for days- Which is a good thing! I personally love eating them over mashed potatoes BUT now I have a new use!

    1. Mashed potatoes is a solid use for leftover pulled pork. We tried some on baked potatoes not too long ago, and that worked well, too. Next time, freeze some of the pulled pork, though. That way you aren’t eating it for days straight! Plus, it’s kinda nice to have dinner pretty much already made for you a couple of weeks later.

  11. Oh la laaaaa…let me get my sombrero and margarita because taco party is on! Love these pulled pork tostadas and reminded me of San Diego. When we used to live in LA, San Diego was our weekend getaway, aside from Vegas. And we never skip going to Old Town for a big margarita and mariachi in the background.

    1. Heck yeah! Grab your sombrero and a margarita and get out here for the party, Linda! I might even have a mariachi band this year…or maybe just mariachi music on Pandora. 🙂 Thanks!!

  12. You had me at pulled pork. Being a South Carolina girl we eat pulled pork or barbecue as we call it, on a regular basis. Adding it to tostadas is a win because I love Mexican food!

    That mariachi band would have been so cool, but I too was a grad student once and my budget was pretty non-existent so I get it. LOL! I’ve never hired a mariachi band before but I did attend my friend’s husband’s 40th bday party and she had a belly dancer there. It was so cool!!

    1. Yes! I wanted to call these Barbecue Tostadas, but I was afraid people would get confused. Good ole SC terminology! 🙂 Hmmm…a belly dancer at a 40th birthday party?? I think that might be a fun way to celebrate. Haha! That reminds me of a great belly dancer story that I need to write about here on the blog sometime soon.

  13. For living in San Diego we are these often, but after working in a catering company years ago I must say if I didn’t hear one more mariachi band I would be fine. I usually use Cotija cheese, but in reality, feta is the Mediterranean equivilant. I also give you props for not buying the corn tostadas, fresh and homemade is so much better. #WolfpackTaqueria

    1. Haha! I had no idea you were so opposed to mariachi bands, Kevin! Cotija cheese would totally be good on these, but that one is really difficult to find up here. I figured that out a couple of summers ago when I made Mexican Street Corn. Feta it is then! 🙂

    1. Hahaha! There is absolutely nothing wrong with a $1 tostada from Taco Bell. 🙂 But tostadas are surprisingly easy to make at home, too. Thanks so much, Heather!

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