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
You can make this recipe even easier by substituting frozen sweet potatoes for the fresh variety.
Sweet Potato Carnita Tostaditas
- 1 Knife
- 1 Potato peeler optional
- 1 Large pot
- 1 Colander
- 1 Potato Masher
- 1 microwave
- 1 Large Pan
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
- 2 lbs Member's Mark Fully Cooked Pork Carnitas
- 1 can black beans
- 2 cups cheese of choce
- 2-3 cups shredded lettuce optional
- 1 tomatoes optional
- 1 jalapeno optional
- fresh cilantro optional
- salsa, guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce optional
- Preparing the Sweet Potatoes
- Peel the sweet potatoes.
- Cube the 3 large sweet potatoes. This ensures that they will cook evenly and become perfectly tender.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stir in ¾ cup of brown sugar. This will provide a delightful sweetness.
- 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.
Preparing Carnita Meat
- Microwave Member's Mark Fully Cooked Pork Carnitas for 5 minutes.
- 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.
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.
Preparing Tostadita Toppings
- Open and drain 1 can of unsalted black beans. Place in a microwave-safe dish and microwave for ~ 90 seconds.
- Chop preferred vegetable toppings (lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, etc.)
- 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.)
- Start with your tostada shell.
- Top with mashed sweet potatoes.
- Add black beans on top of the sweet potatoes.
- Top beans with Carnita meat.
- Add additional toppings.
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.
- Replace half of the carnitas with black beans to boost the fiber and protein content while reducing the saturated fat.
- Substitute chicken breast or ground sirloin to decrease the saturated fat.
- Skip the meat altogether for plant-based Tostaditas.
- Add antioxidant-rich vegetables like chopped red onion, bell peppers, or avocado.
- Skip the cheese and add guacamole or avocado slices.
- Replace the lettuce with spinach or kale for additional fiber and antioxidants.
- Use Greek yogurt or cottage cheese instead of sour cream: This will provide a protein and calcium boost.
- 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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Kathryn is a Registered Dietitian and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is also certified through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Weight Management. She has 20+ years of nutrition experience working in a variety of healthcare settings. Her passion is to provide evidence-based nutrition information that supports vitality and longevity!