Spicy Pork Tostadas

These easy pork tostadas are made with cubes of boneless pork that marinate while you prepare the other ingredients. After a quick pan-searing, the pork is layered atop crisp corn tortillas along with refried beans, lettuce, fresh salsa and crumbled cheese to make a flavorful one-dish dinner. Treat yourself to an icy cold margarita to go with them!

Spicy Pork Tostadas

Spicy Pork Tostadas

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A quick, spicy marinade for boneless pork and fresh tomato salsa combine to make this easy, fresh flavored tostada dinner.


  • 3/4 lb boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 corn tortillas, 6-inch
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • Leaf lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup queso fresco, crumbled (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • First marinate the pork. Combine the pork, oil, lime juice, onion and garlic in a bowl. Mix the cumin, cinnamon, salt, allspice, cayenne and a few grinds of black pepper in a small dish. Add to the pork mixture and marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • While the pork marinates, crisp the tortillas. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until crisp, 8 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Next, make the salsa. In another bowl, combine the diced tomato, scallions, jalapeño and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • To cook the pork, heat a large pan over medium-high heat, add the pork and cook just until done, about 2 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spatula and set aside. Add the refried beans to the liquid that remains in the pan from the pork, combine well and heat through.
  • To assemble the tostadas, spread about 1/4 of the refried beans on each tortilla and top with a serving of pork. Top with lettuce, tomato salsa, crumbled queso and a dollop of sour cream.

Tips for Making This Recipe

If you can’t find queso fresco, a low salt crumbled feta or shredded Monterey jack cheese would work just as well.
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