How To Eat A Mexican Tostada (Video)

How To Eat A Mexican Tostada (Video)

By |2016-07-21T23:48:41-04:00July 1st, 2011|Food, Mexico, Videos|45 Comments

Today’s post offers an instructional video of sorts.

While at first it may seem completely pointless to demonstrate how to eat something as basic as a Mexican tostada, I have simply watched too many foreigners struggle with this staple of Mexican cuisine to remain silent any longer.

What is interesting is that the actual technique used to eat a tostada is not too important at all. What is important is being able to search deep within one’s self in order to summon the courage necessary to conquer the fear. What fear? The fear of making a fool of oneself.

Eating a tostada can be a messy ordeal. In fact, it SHOULD be a messy ordeal.

Let me give you an example…

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  1. Ana Laura Calderón July 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    jajajajajaj that was super Earl! Although I’m mexican and actually can eat a tostada without making that mess, you did a great job and made me laugh! Whenever I can, I look up to read you and I love the fact you love this country 😀 There is so so sooo much to see in Mexico and the best of it it’s thepeople but anyways, I’m glad to see you around.

    pd. I’m sharing this on fb 😛

    • Wandering Earl July 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Hey Ana – Gracias and I’m glad you liked the video! These days, I can eat a tostada in a much cleaner way, I guess it just took some practice 🙂

  2. Alana May 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Bahahahahaha!!! Tostadas are sooooooo good but definitely not something ya wanna order on a first date… unless ya just wanna let it all out from the beginning. Bahahahaha! Great demonstration

    • Wandering Earl May 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Hey Alana – You are right about that!

  3. […] I’ve eaten at Dona Mary’s local tostada cafe on Avenida 30, my absolute favorite eatery here, and I’ve already gone to the same nearby street […]

  4. shrie April 23, 2013 at 2:00 am - Reply

    lol..i love it, the video says sooo much bout how you live ur life..just go in and enjoy every bit of it..the good, bad, and uglyyyy..hehe..i’m new to ur blog bout three weeks and i’m lovin every crazy, informative, enteraining word. makes me yearn for a life full of new understandings..keep it up

  5. […] stay. From Dona Mary’s tostadas on Avenida 30th (where I made a video about how to actually eat a tostada) to El Fogon on Avenida Constituyentes, to the no-name quesadilla, salbute and panucho eateries […]

  6. […] me to find myself in a local tostada eatery (like the one where I gave a demonstration on how to stuff your face properly) or in a cafe without any foreigners around or in a park full of local vendors selling […]

  7. Craig O April 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    HA HA HA….you should have followed up the video by pulling out a razor to shave your armpits. Classic!!!!!! 🙂

    • Earl April 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Hey Craig – Maybe I’ll make that video this week…it’s time to shave them again 🙂

  8. […] often prove to be great places to meet and interact with people. Eating a simple meal of yummy tostadas and huaraches, while surrounded by a friendly group of customers and restaurant staff, always […]

  9. T-roy August 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    hahahahahaha, dude I was laughing out loud on this video man, so cheesy with the shit-eating-grin at the end, had me rolling man. You should post more videos man, would be nice to see a minute or two video on your site 2x a month or something. Just tostada fr your thought! lol 🙂

    • Earl August 20, 2011 at 2:35 am - Reply

      Hey T-roy – Yeah, yeah…go and make fun of me, that’s fine 🙂 How could I not add that grin at the end??

      And thanks for the confidence boost about my videos. I’ve been thinking of adding more but I wasn’t quite sure if I should do that. I like the idea of 2 videos per month.

  10. Matthew Karsten July 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    You my friend are a Mexican tostada professional. 🙂

  11. Raymond @ Man On The Lam July 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Very funny! I vote for Earl as the next Anthony Bourdain! 🙂

    • Earl July 15, 2011 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Hey Raymond – Haha…..well, that’s one vote at least!

  12. […] further evidence that there is even more to Playa del Carmen than hotels, tourist bars, good Wi-fi, divine tostadas and the white sand beaches that act as this town’s front yard. Now you know about the dozens […]

  13. Wifey of a Roadie July 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    How to eat a tostada 101! I don’t suppose a fork or chopsticks would be appropriate but I do think a napkin to wipe off the cream on your nose would have been. LOL!

    • Earl July 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      @Wifey of a Roadie: Perhaps a napkin would have been acceptable. Although, I would have had to use a napkin after every bite and that just seems like a waste 🙂

      And if a person was to use a fork, they would receive more stares from other diners than if they had their entire face covered in cream (which is much more common)!

  14. Dina July 9, 2011 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Man… I can’t have cream on the tip on my nose like that… it will drive me nuts! Better I get a nose cover if I’m going to eat a Mexican Tostada!

    • Earl July 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      Hey Dina – There just might be a market for tostada nose covers. Although, I think you’ll find that after one or two attempts, you’ll come to enjoy the cream on the nose!

  15. Dani | Globetrottergirls July 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Love this video!! We laughed so hard. You can’t eat a tostada without making a mess, but that doesn’t take away the yumminess of it 😉

    P.S. Thanks for making us hungry, and thanks for making us miss Playa!! We miss Mexican food so much!

    • Earl July 4, 2011 at 1:46 am - Reply

      Hey Dani – Haha…that was my goal. Since you made me miss Indian food after your talk about the Indian restaurants in Lisbon, I wanted to get you back by making you miss Mexican food 🙂

  16. eGear July 2, 2011 at 11:41 am - Reply

    How such a simple video can be so great 🙂

  17. Dave and Deb July 2, 2011 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I love it. That was one hell of a Tostada. Now I know what I must look ike when I am eating one 🙂

    • Earl July 4, 2011 at 1:49 am - Reply

      @Dave and Deb: It is the ultimate tostada that is served up at Dona Mary’s! And I’m glad to hear that you’re as messy as I am when you eat them. I think we are in the majority.

  18. Radita July 2, 2011 at 12:56 am - Reply

    cute. I don’t think I’ve ever had a tostada piled that high, yum! It reminds me also of eating avocado and creamcheese sandwiches (the quintissential california ‘veggie’) – the avocado always squirts out the sides of the bread and because I am already a sloppy eater I usually just avoid them. I am truly inspired to indulge in all messy culinary delights now

    • Earl July 2, 2011 at 1:09 am - Reply

      Hey Radita – It’s the only place I’ve found that serves tostadas loaded so high as well. It’s just a pile of perfection really.

      And I could see how avocado and cheese would cause a similar effect, especially if you’re already a sloppy eater. Luckily, it seems to be perfectly acceptable here in Mexico to be as sloppy an eater as one wants!

  19. Jaime July 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    That was funny cus I have grown up eating TOSTADAS & still can not eat them with out making a mess. I just think it’s one of the food that no matter how you try and eat it… its going to make a mess.

    • Earl July 2, 2011 at 12:49 am - Reply

      Hey Jaime – Okay, well that certainly makes me feel much, much better. I’ve tried dozens of different methods myself but they all seem to lead to the same result as well…that mess in the video. So like you, I just assume that a mess will be made every time I pick one up to eat!

      • Erica July 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm - Reply

        I just really liked how you picked up the bits with your hands at the end… reminds me of my taco eating.

        • Earl July 4, 2011 at 1:44 am - Reply

          Hey Erica – One of my habits is to eat EVERYTHING on my plate so no matter what I’m eating, there will never be anything left. With the tostadas, I’m not finished until every piece of lettuce and cheese is in my mouth!

  20. Cam July 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    HAH! That’s great – get in there!!

    • Earl July 2, 2011 at 12:47 am - Reply

      Hey Cam – Get in there indeed. That tostada went much further up my nose than it appears in the video!

  21. Erica July 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    BWHAHAHAHAHHAAa….ak;lsdksa; lol!

    Shaun gets so angry every time he orders a tostada because he hates how messy they are and doesn’t understand how to eat them without them crumbling everywhere.

    Thank you for this Earl. This made my day!

    • Earl July 2, 2011 at 12:46 am - Reply

      Hey Erica – I actually stayed away from tostadas for the first six months I was in Mexico because they were just too intimidating so I know how Shaun feels. But eventually I just stopped caring because the tostadas I saw always looked so good. And now, as messy as it tends to be, I love my tostadas! I’m sure Shaun will come around one day 🙂

  22. Dean July 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Well it looks like I’m doing things right when it comes to most Mexican food then, make a big mess! 🙂

    • Earl July 2, 2011 at 12:44 am - Reply

      Hey Dean – Good point. I could have made this video about any Mexican food and the result would have been practically the same. Whether it’s sour cream, cheese, beans or salsa, something always seems to end up on the face and quite often on the clothes! Glad to know your Mexican food eating skills are well honed.

  23. Cara Lopez Lee July 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    This video says it all about why I like to travel. No not the food itself, but the attitude… though the sour cream up the nose is a bonus. When I travel, I just ask myself what I would do if I weren’t afraid, then I do that. Thanks for making me laugh, and for the reminder that travel is best done with gusto.

    • Earl July 2, 2011 at 12:42 am - Reply

      Hey Cara – Being afraid just isn’t an option when we’re traveling, especially if we want to explore and learn as much as possible. We must be comfortable with being the strange person, the outsider, the odd looking person….or else we’d just hole ourselves up in our hotel room. Facing that fear is the way to go.

      And yes, sour cream up the nose is indeed a bonus!

  24. Nomadic Samuel July 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    LOL, this reminds me of the Carl’s Jr commercial slogan: “If it doesn’t get all over the place it doesn’t belong in your face.” Regardless, it looks delicious!

    • Earl July 2, 2011 at 12:39 am - Reply

      @Nomadic Samuel: That slogan does seem to fit perfectly with any tostada place in Mexico! And yes, they are delicious…so delicious that the staff at the restaurant now know me by name 🙂

  25. Kris Koeller July 1, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

    The video preview still pretty much says it all… 😉

  26. scott July 1, 2011 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I am not sure what to say about this, it is 7:45 a.m. and I feel like I need another shower.

    I do love Mexican Food!


    • Earl July 2, 2011 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Hey Scott – Haha…sorry about that. I warned you that it could get messy!

      I could eat Mexican food every meal, every day…which is basically what I’m doing now. Even those tostadas, I eat them at least 3 times per week…usually 4 or 5 times!

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