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Hand holding one blue corn tostadas are topped with white bean puree, with salsa, tomatoes, and crumbly cheese arranged to resemble the red and white stripes of the USA flag.

Red, White, & Blue Corn Tostadas for Fourth of July

  • Author: Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These salty, savory, blue corn tostadas for Fourth of July are simple to put together and perfect for red, white, and blue celebrations!


  • 1 can unsalted white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed (3.5 oz / 100g) cotija cheese (can use queso fresco or feta cheese; use more cheese as desired)
  • 1/4 cup red salsa
  • 12 grape tomatoes


  1. For the tortillas: preheat oven to 400ºF/205ºC. Rub or brush a little oil on both sides of the tortillas, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 4 minutes on each side (8 minutes total) until the tortillas are crispy but not too brown.
  2. For the white beans: add the white beans, water, butter, salt, garlic powder, and ground cumin to a small sauce pan. Cook over medium-low heat until warmed through and soft enough to be easily mashed. You may need to add a little more water if you prefer a softer / looser consistency. 
  3. For the red, white, & blue corn tostadas:
    1. Spread a layer of white beans over the base of each crispy tortilla.
    2. Using a small spoon, spoon a small bit of salsa in strips across the tortilla to resemble the red stripes on the USA flag.
    3. From there, sprinkle the crumbled cheese between the strips of salsa.
    4. Finally, arrange the sliced grape tomatoes atop the salsa. 


Alternatives: skip the cheese and butter to make this dairy-free. Melt white cheese of choice atop the white beans. Choose salsa OR tomatoes, or feel free to use minced red bell peppers or pico de gallo. 

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Category: Snack, lunch
  • Method: Oven, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican-American

Keywords: fourth of july recipes, savory fourth of july, red white and blue foods, blue corn tostada, red white and blue corn tostada

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