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How to Make Sweet Potato Carnita Tostaditas

Sweet Potato Carnita Tostaditas combine the divine flavors of sweet potatoes with black beans and pork carnitas.

I love this meal because it allows each person to customize their Tostadita taking into account both taste preferences and dietary restrictions.

It also makes for great leftovers that the whole family can enjoy throughout the week!

What are Tostaditas?

A Tostadita is a small, toasted tortilla typically served as an appetizer or snack in Mexican cuisine.

It’s a small form of “tostada,” which means “toasted” in Spanish.

Tostaditas are often served as an appetizer and can be topped with a variety of ingredients, such as refried beans, shredded cheese, protein, and vegetables.

I discovered Tostaditas at a local Mexican restaurant. My husband and I tried these and it became our usual order for all of our subsequent visits.

Unfortunately, this restaurant closed unexpectedly so I found myself trying to replicate their recipe.

An Explosion of Flavors

Imagine layers of warm, crispy corn tortillas piled high with creamy mashed sweet potatoes, savory carnitas, and a vibrant salsa fresca of juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce, fiery jalapeños, and fresh cilantro.

It’s a symphony of textures and tastes that will tantalize your senses and leave you wanting more!

Quick & Easy Hacks

I take a few shortcuts in this recipe by using Member’s Mark Fully Cooked Pork Carnitas and Old El Paso Tostada Shells.

You can make this recipe even easier by substituting frozen sweet potatoes for the fresh variety.

Sweet Potato Carnita Tostadita

Sweet Potato Carnita Tostaditas

Get ready for a flavor explosion with these Sweet Potato Carnita Tostadas! Imagine layers of warm, crispy corn tortillas piled high with creamy mashed sweet potatoes, savory carnitas, black beans, and a vibrant salsa fresca of juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce, fiery jalapeños, and fresh cilantro. It's a symphony of textures and tastes that will tantalize your senses and leave you wanting more.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 513 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Potato peeler optional
  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 Colander
  • 1 Potato Masher
  • 1 microwave
  • 1 Large Pan

Ingredients
  

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • large pot of salted boiling water
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup softened butter

Carnitas

  • 2 lbs Member's Mark Fully Cooked Pork Carnitas
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cups cheese of choce

Preferred Toppings

  • 2-3 cups shredded lettuce optional
  • 1 tomatoes optional
  • 1 jalapeno optional
  • fresh cilantro optional
  • salsa, guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce optional

Instructions
 

  • Preparing the Sweet Potatoes
    3 whole sweet potatoes
  • Peel the sweet potatoes.
    Peeling a sweet potato with a potato peeler
  • Cube the 3 large sweet potatoes. This ensures that they will cook evenly and become perfectly tender.
    Cubed sweet potatoes on a clear cutting board
  • Boiling the Sweet Potatoes
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add a generous pinch of salt.
  • Carefully place the cubed sweet potatoes into the boiling water and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Allow the sweet potatoes to simmer for 20-30 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they are easily pierced with a fork.
    Sweet potatoes in a white bowl on the stovetop boiling
  • Strain your sweet potatoes with a colander.
  • Mashing the Sweet Potatoes
  • Once the sweet potatoes are tender, drain them and transfer them to a large bowl.
    Cubed cooked mashed sweet potatoes in white bowl
  • Use a potato masher to mash the sweet potatoes until they are smooth and free from lumps.
  • Creating the Creamy Base
  • Add ½ cup of softened butter to the mixture and stir until it's well melted.
    Adding pats of butter to mashed sweet potato mixture
  • Stir in ¾ cup of brown sugar. This will provide a delightful sweetness.
    Bag of Brown Sugar
  • Slowly mix in ¾ cup of warm milk into the mashed sweet potatoes. Add the milk gradually and adjust the quantity as needed to reach your desired consistency.
    Adding milk to mashed sweet potatoes

Preparing Carnita Meat

  • Microwave Member's Mark Fully Cooked Pork Carnitas for 5 minutes.
    Member's Mark Fully Cooked Pork Carnitas
  • Transfer Carnita meat from microwave bag to large pan.
  • Cook the Carnita meat over low to medium heat for 5-7 min. Break up the meat into small pieces as it cooks.
    Carnita meat in a pan cooking on the stove.

Preparing Tostadita Shells

  • Heat 1/4 in. oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Cook 4 tortillas at a time, turning once or twice, until deep golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels; set aside.
  • Quick & Easy Method: Microwave your tostada shells per package instructions. I use this method for convenience.
    Old El Paso Tostada Shell Box

Preparing Tostadita Toppings

  • Open and drain 1 can of unsalted black beans. Place in a microwave-safe dish and microwave for ~ 90 seconds.
    Can of Black Beans
  • Chop preferred vegetable toppings (lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, etc.)
    Tostadita bar toppings - diced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, guacamole, chopped lettuce, crumbled queso fresco
  • Create a Tostadita bar, similar to a taco bar, allowing everyone to assemble their Tostadita as they prefer. Gather preferred toppings (guacamole, cheese, salsa, hot sauce, cilantro, sour cream, etc.)
    Tostadita Topping Bar

Assembling Tostaditas

  • Start with your tostada shell.
    Tostada Shell
  • Top with mashed sweet potatoes.
    Tostada shell topped with mashed sweet potatoes
  • Add black beans on top of the sweet potatoes.
    Tostada shell topped with sweet potatoes and black beans.
  • Top beans with Carnita meat.
    Tostada shell with sweet potatoes, black beans, and pork.
  • Add additional toppings.
    Assembled Tostadita with various toppings
  • Enjoy!
    Assembled Tostadita with various toppings

Notes

Calories are approximate and based on 2 tostada shells, 2/3 cup of mashed sweet potatoes (1/3 cup per Tostadita), 2/3 cup of black beans (1/3 cup per Tostadita), 1 ounce of cheese (1/2 ounce per Tostadita), and 3 ounces of Carnitas (1.5 ounces per Tostadita).
Keyword sweet potato carnita tostadita

How to Enhance this Recipe for Healthy Aging

You can turn your already delicious Tostaditas into a powerhouse of nutrients for healthy aging with some of these simple adaptions below.

  1. Replace half of the carnitas with black beans to boost the fiber and protein content while reducing the saturated fat.
  2. Substitute chicken breast or ground sirloin to decrease the saturated fat.
  3. Skip the meat altogether for plant-based Tostaditas.
  4. Add antioxidant-rich vegetables like chopped red onion, bell peppers, or avocado.
  5. Skip the cheese and add guacamole or avocado slices.
  6. Replace the lettuce with spinach or kale for additional fiber and antioxidants.
  7. Use Greek yogurt or cottage cheese instead of sour cream: This will provide a protein and calcium boost.
  8. Add chia seeds to the mashed sweet potatoes for added fiber.

Need some more dinner-time meal inspiration? Check out 7 Green Mediterranean Diet Recipes That Taste Great.

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