Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa

This is a delicious tostada recipe with sauteed shrimp and an avocado salsa. I used re-fried beans as the base for this tostada. I took some canned re-fried beans and jazzed them up a bit with added spices. I always find that canned re-fried beans are too bland for our tastes. Here I took cumin, oregano, cilantro, garlic and onion powder to add some much needed flavor to these beans. I added some water and simmered them while I prepared the rest of the food for this dish. The shrimp were seasoned with paprika, cumin, garlic and lime before sauteing. I then made the avocado salsa using ripe tomatoes, hass avocados and fresh cilantro. These shrimp tostadas were completely addictive. This recipe makes eight tostadas. If your really hungry, you might want to double the recipe. It was really hard to stop at just two, okay maybe I had three or four.

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Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa

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For the salsa

2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 onion, diced
3 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro
2 hass avocados, diced
the juice of 1 lime
a pinch of kosher salt

For the re-fried beans

1 can re-fried beans
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
a pinch of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup water

For the shrimp

1 lb peeled and de-veined fresh shrimp, tails removed
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
a pinch of kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
the juice of 1 lime

Additional Ingredients

Pre-made tostadas
Mexican blend shredded cheese


For the salsa

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well, set aside.

For the re-fried beans

Preheat sauce pan. Drizzle with olive oil and add beans. Add spices and water.
Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and simmer until beans have thickened again.

For the shrimp

Combine cleaned, pealed and de-viened shrimp with spices and lime juice. Toss well. (I also like to remove the shrimp tails for this dish)
Preheat skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Saute shrimp over medium heat until they are pink.

To assemble

Spread re-fried beans over tostada. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Top with shrimp and avocado salsa. Serve and enjoy!

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  26 Responses to “Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa”

  1. Monet — September 22, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    What a beautiful photograph! I was drooling already when I saw this in my reader…but when I actually came upon the picture…wow! What a delicious meal. I adore shrimp paired with avocado…something about the creaminess just sends me over the top. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Juliana — September 22, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    Wow, this picture is just so tempting…that I would love to have a bite of this shrimp tostada right now!

  3. Yemektat — September 22, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  4. Glinda Harrison — September 22, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    I am so going to try this one! RT @EclecticRecipes Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa

  5. Maria — September 22, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    Love the avocado salsa!

  6. MaryMoh — September 23, 2010 @ 3:45 am

    This sure looks very tempting. I’m eyeing at those prawns there….my favourite 😀 I love Mexican food. Have learned a few dishes recently. I would love to try tostadas, too.

  7. Cajun Chef Ryan — September 23, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    This looks so great, makes me want to eat one right now, at 7:00 AM EDT too, breakfast! There is something about shrimp and avocado that just marrys well, and in this tostada it is a perfect union!

    Bon appetit!

  8. Jason's BBQ Adventures — September 23, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    Love the freshness of the ingredients. Big fan of every ingredient in this recipe. Really amazed how you improved the flavors of the refried beans, never thought of doing that.

  9. Judimae — September 23, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    Angie, I love everything about this dish. I lived in California for 36 years and restaurants and family menu planning centers around fresh ingredients, and many places lean towards the southwest and Mexican style of cooking. I became accustomed to this and although I live in New York now, I am truly a California girl. This so reminds me of my time in California. This combo of avocado, tomatoes, and shrimp is superb. Many thanks for sharing this with us and making my day!

  10. Lee Sisters — September 23, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa

  11. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 23, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    Yum! I’ll take these for lunch!

  12. averagebetty — September 23, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    YUM! All my favorite flavors on a crispy corn tortilla. Pure heaven!

  13. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 23, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

    Wow, Angie! Another winning recipe! I love every single thing about this. From the tortilla to the refried beans to the shrimp and the salsa. I cannot wait to give this one a try. Great job.

  14. Foodierama — September 23, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa #foodie

  15. averagebetty — September 23, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

    YUM –>> RT @EclecticRecipes Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa

  16. Mags — September 23, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    Your recipes are always fantastic, but your photos are even better. Love your blog.

  17. catch_fish — September 24, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
    Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa

  18. Auntie E — September 25, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    That sound great and just up our alley here. I like refried beans.

  19. Barbara @Modern Comfort Food — September 25, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    You’re always cooking up something wonderful, Angie, and this recipe is right up my alley. Perfect for the still hot weather we’re having in Florida and a great way to use the fresh, wild caught shrimp available here. I might try grilling the shrimp for this recipe, just to see how it comes out.

  20. RavieNomNoms — September 27, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    Wow! I wish I was eating that for lunch right now!!

  21. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 30, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    These tostadas look amazing & I love how simple they are to prepare.

  22. Alta — October 7, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    Sounds like a great, easy recipe – perfect for a warmer weeknight!

  23. Fight the Fat Foodie — October 12, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    your tostadas look wonderful. I’ve never done them with shrimp.

  24. Alisa — January 30, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    What a delicious recipe!It looks great!

  25. joey sundvall — July 25, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    I made these last night for dinner and they were amazingly awesome. Not too difficult (which I like) and super de-lish!

  26. @Guacgrl — March 30, 2012 @ 1:19 am

    Great Recipe! The photography made me hungry! YUM Will share it with other avocado lovers on our FB Page/Recipes and Tips App with an incoming link. THANKS!

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