Simple Shrimp and Guacamole Tostadas

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We have 7 days left until Christmas. Does that give anyone else gas?

I have to say, I’ve been quite the little miss holiday spirit cheerleader this season. I’ve charmingly entertained my husband with my best inebriated Kermit THE Frog impression singing Feliz Navidad, 33 times. I used tinsel as dentil floss and was all, “THIS IS THE WAY THE ELVES DO IT AT THE NORTH POLE.” to the people in Target. And I even took the leftover wrapping paper and made a nifty little pant suit to wear to a party.

You wish.

But now I need simple. I need simple so bad even my pancreas hurts.

Well, whadduyaknow!? Tostadas heard my cry for help. They reached out to me with guacamole dripping off their shrimpy arms and they rescued me from Santa suffocation.

There, there. Do you need a holiday hug from shrimpy tostadas too? Maybe 600 gallons of guacamole would help quiet the voices in your head?

You know what? Just cry it out.

Simple Shrimp and Guacamole Tostadas:

* While you’re busy crying this out, you might need to check out my first CRAFT post from yesterday! I made simple DIY rice sack heating pads that would be puuurrrfect for last minute gifts. RA RA SHISH KOOM BA FOR CRAFTS!

(someone lock me up)

What it took for 6 tostadas:

* 6 corn tortillas
* cooking spray
* 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
* 2 avocados
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
* juice from 1 lime
* 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
* 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 Tbs ground cumin
* 2 Tbs chili powder
* 1 tsp crushed red or green pepper
* 1 tsp garlic salt
* 1 red bell pepper, cut into small slices

Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly coat both sides of the corn tortillas with cooking spray. Bake for 4 minutes on each side. Switch oven to broil. Evenly divide the cheese over the tortillas and broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, 2-ish minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the avocados, cilantro, lime juice and a pinch of kosher salt. Mash up with a fork until you get guacamole. Go ahead and eat a few bites for your well being.

Toss the shrimp with the cumin, chili powder, crushed pepper flakes and garlic salt.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high. Sear the shrimp on one side for 2 minutes; flip and sear 30 more seconds. Remove from pan.

To the pan, add the sliced red bell pepper. Saute for 2 minutes, scraping the browned bits from the pan, seasoning the peppers. Sprinkle in a leetle salt.

Spoon the guacamole over each cheesy tostada, followed by shrimp and red bell pepper. Garnish each tostado with cilantro and give another good squeeze of lime juice over each one.

Oh, you just won’t believe it.

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73 Responses to Simple Shrimp and Guacamole Tostadas

  1. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    these look PERFECT!

    I want the filling part…and the GUAC. I’ve never met an avocado I didn’t love!

  2. Maria December 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Tostadas are a staple in our house! Love your photos!!

  3. Julie @ Table for Two December 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    sh!t. this looks goooood. guacamole is something I could eat as a meal every day for the rest of my life, 600 gallons — bring it! and that shrimp looks BANGING. what a well-rounded dish. i’m hungry now. like really hungry. and craving mexican. too bad i’m stuck at work for the next 7 hours. wahhhh

  4. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I made tostadas once, but bought a pack of 100 from Sam’s Club so I have about 96 of them left in my freezer. This is perfect!

  5. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen December 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Yep, this is what I want to make with the shrimp I just picked up! YUM! P.S. Can I get a photo of that pants suit? Funny stuff.

  6. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. December 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    omg looks great

  7. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum December 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Gahh, your photos. Love them.

  8. Deborah December 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Seriously. I think this is what’s for dinner tonight!

  9. Lauren December 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Now you have me wanting to make tostadas and weird little bean bag things. Guess what I’m doing today…

  10. kimberlyloc December 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    i heart tostadas.i also heart little shrimp. :)

  11. Jenny December 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Hmmmm been craving mexican….I might have to make a version of this without the cilantro…….you know me and that herb. We just don’t get along!!!

    These photos make it all look so lovely!

  12. Em (Wine and Butter) December 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    MMMM – shrimp tostadas! One of my FAVOURITE parts of visitng my mom in Cali. Going out and getting drunk with my mom on margaritas whilst eating shrimp tostadas in a bar.

    Isn’t my mom the best???

    You’ve made me want to make this recipe for myself soon though!

  13. Deanna B. December 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    I eat avocados plain, but shrimp and crispy tortillas make everything better. Every time I hear the 12 Days of Christmas, I sing the “ba dum bum bum” after 5 golden rings that is in the Muppet Version. Gets me weird looks. And I’ve taken to singing Don’t Be a Jerk under my breath while shopping.

  14. Cassie December 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    You are a crack up. Your first paragraph totally made me picture you as the crazy black Friday Target lady! I love the simpliciy of this.

  15. Asmita December 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Delicious! Would love to make and eat those.

  16. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe December 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    LOVE! I want one right now. Please?

  17. Shaina December 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Holy guacamole!

  18. Cookin' Canuck December 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Oh my goodness, those tostadas look ridiculously good and your photos are stunning! Bookmarking this for sure.

  19. Renee December 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Bev, you are such a breath of fresh air. The recipe looks great. Will try. Fo shizzle.

    And the Italian wedding soup? Incredible. All I think about is chicken meatballs now, so thank you very much. xoxo

  20. Simply Tia December 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Beautiful job on these…they look just amazing and yummy!!

  21. Mellissa @ I breathe therefore I'm hungry December 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Shrimptastic! Pinning it! Making it! Eating it! …Soon!

  22. DessertForTwo December 20, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    Oh honey, I adore each and every one of the 600 voices in your head!

    And I hope hubby knows how lucky he is to have you as constant entertainment!

    Miss ya (do I say this everytime? Sorry, it’s true)


  23. marla December 20, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    Simple is great & this shrimp looks fantabulus!

  24. Cindy December 20, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    Drooooooling here! Def. putting this on the holiday food to make list!

  25. nicole {sweet peony} December 20, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    mmm these tostadas look so super good! amazing photos too :)

  26. Anna December 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    These look like the perfect antidote to Christmas baking overload! Also, your first line made me lol. I love that.

  27. kate December 22, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    i just half-assed these and they are freaking awesome!! well done.

    • Bev Weidner December 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Awesome!! So glad you dug them!

  28. Shannon December 22, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    I want one of these right now!

  29. AMY December 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Made these last night for dinner. Family went nuts. These are a must try…

  30. Mimi Avocado December 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    These will be perfect for our New Year’s Eve! We raise avocados and have some on the kitchen counter that will be ready on Saturday! Can’t think of any better way to party with the guacamole!

    Every day we share top avocado recipe posts on our FB page…yours is going to be featured today! Facebook/Avocados.Direct or

    Thank you for this great idea!

  31. Christy August 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I just clicked over to your site from Pinterest. Your Simple Shrimp and Guac Tostadas sound delicioso! I’m about to pee my pants laughing at your description of you being the “Little Miss Holiday Spirit Cheerleader!” :) Thanks for the laugh.


  32. Teresa Turner August 14, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    This looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try it.
    Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

  33. Dyandra October 15, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Made these tonight and OMG!! Can these get any better? NOOOOO!! My brother ate 5 tostada’s alone!!! So so so good!! Will be making these again soon!!

  34. Kristin Davidson November 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I love the simplicity of this recipe, I think it really makes your fabulous ingredients stand out. I am going to make this for a thanksgiving appetizer, as a twist. I have some great recipes on my site that you may want to check out as well. ( Thanks for sharing!

  35. Irma December 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Making these right now :)))) Can’t wait to eat them

  36. Vita S December 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    I just made these tonight for myself for dinner (kids had teriyaki .. Not fans of avacadoes!)! It was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I have a new favorite that i will be eating ALOT from now on i feel lol! I loooove avacadoes, cheese, and shrimps! This is perfect!! Thank you so much for the recipe!!

  37. Lokness @ The Missing Lokness February 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Shrimp tostadas sounds good for dinner next monday! Juicy shrimps with crispy tortilla… Yum!

  38. Ana August 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi! Are the tortillas supposed to get crispy?

    • Bev Weidner August 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Hey, Ana! They won’t TOTALLY crisp up like packaged tortillas, but a little crisping is expected!

      • Sally February 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

        I am allergic to shellfish but will substitute fish or even chicken maybe , the rest is great

  39. Kathy Manganiello May 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    Bev, I made these amazing Shrimp and Guacamole Tostadas tonight. They were so delicious! My mom, husband and I gobbled them up! Thanks for all your fabulous recipes! BTW my husband has a twin sister. I know his mom didn’t take very many photos. Your photos are adorable…just love seeing those beautiful babies grow.

  40. MAYA @ MAYA- KITCHENETTE February 26, 2015 at 1:49 am #

    This Shrimp looks so freaking awesome. LOVE this recipe! Going to try Very Soon.. :)


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