Oaxacan Baked Tostadas with Tomatillo Serrano Guacamole – Oil-Free, Authentic, Vegan

Oaxacan Baked Tostadas with Tomatillo Serrano Guacamole – Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Spicy, Mexican, Vegan Appetizer and Dinner Recipe





Medium |  Servings: 6  |  Ready In: 20 minutes |  Yield: 12 tostadas

Based on a classic Oaxacan pork dish, this vegan version of tostadas uses smoky bulgur for healthy flavor.  Skip the grease and deep-frying by simply baking the tortillas in the oven.  A dollop of creamy, spicy Tomatillo Guacamole knocks this out of the park!  Serve these at your next party, enjoy for a Mexican breakfast, or simply enjoy for an easy, plant-based dinner!


For the Tomatillo Serrano Guacamole:

  • 4 medium tomatillos
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 serrano pepper*
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
    Yield: 2 cups Guacamole

For the Tostadas:

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Bulgur
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, to garnish

How it’s Done

To make the Tomatillo Serrano Guacamole:  Preheat a small non-stick pan over medium-high heat.  If possible, use cast iron or even a griddle.  Husk, rinse, and halve the tomatillos.  Halve the serrano pepper.   Lay the tomatillos in cut-side down.  Lay in the unpeeled garlic and serrano pepper.  Cook until lightly charred, about 3-4 minutes.  Flip and char the second side, another 2-3 minutes.  Remove the garlic from the peel.  Place the tomatillos, garlic, and serrano in a blender.  Set aside for a few minutes to let cool.  This is a good time to prepare the tostadas and bulgur.  Once the tomatillos have cooled, add the cilantro, avocado, salt, and ¼ cup of water.  Puree.  You may need more water (up to ¼ cup) to get a thick, yet smooth, consistency.  Set aside until ready to assemble.

To make the Oil-Free Baked Tostadas:  Preheat your oven to 400F.  Spread the tortillas into a single layer on 2 baking sheets.  Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.  Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

To make the Smoky Bulgur:  Place the bulgur and all of the spices (smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper) in a heat-safe container.  Using a microwave or a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Pour the boiling water over the bulgur and let sit for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, fluff with a fork.  Taste to adjust seasoning.

To assemble the Oaxacan Baked Tostadas with Tomatillo Serrano Guacamole:  Place 2 tortillas on a plate.  Scoop on about 2 heaping tablespoons of the Smoky Bulgur.  Dollop about 2 tablespoons of the Tomatillo Serrano Guacamole.  Place a few pieces of the diced tomato on top.  Place a piece of fresh cilantro on top.  Serve and enjoy!

Yield: 12 tostadas

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Serrano Substitutions:  If you can’t find serrano pepper, you can also use half of a jalapeno.  If you want less spice, simply omit or use ¼ of a green bell pepper.

Gluten-Free?  Bulgur is a member of the wheat family so it contains gluten.  If you’re avoiding gluten, you can swap the bulgur for cooked quinoa, brown rice, or even black beans.  You’ll need about 2 cups of whatever you substitute to replace the bulgur.

Homage to Chef Rick Bayless: This recipe is based off a Chef Rick Bayless’s recipe.  Bayless has done incredible work educating fellow chefs and the population about the beautiful, authentic cuisine of Mexico.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (5.2 ounces).
About 2 Tostadas

Calories 244.05
Calories From Fat (17%) 42.09
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 5.1g 8%
  • Saturated Fat 0.72g 4%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 300.11mg 13%
  • Potassium 383.54mg 11%
  • Total Carbohydrates 47.41g 16%
  • Fiber 9.23g 37%
  • Sugar 1.72g
  • Protein 6.08g 12%
  • Calcium 22.12mg 2%
  • Iron 23.92mg 133%
  • Vitamin A 558.87IU 11%
  • Vitamin C 536.45mg 894%

Shopping and Gear List

  • Duru Medium Coarse Bulgur #2 – 2.2lb
  • Starwest Botanicals Organic Garlic Powder, 1 Pound
  • Simply Organic, Cumin, 2.31 oz
  • CHIQUILIN Smoked Paprika, 75 GR


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