tos·ta·da (tō-städə) also tos·ta·do (-dō)
n. pl. tos·ta·das or tos·ta·dos
1. A tortilla or tortilla chip deep-fried until crisp.
2. A dish made by topping a tostada with various ingredients, such as refried beans, cheese, lettuce, meat, guacamole, salsa, or sour cream.
[American Spanish, from Spanish, feminine past participle of tostar, to toast, from Vulgar Latin *tostāre; see TOAST1.]
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