tostadas-6There is something new in my pantry that works wonders. Seriously. I bet the flavor of any ingredient can be enhanced by the intense smokiness of this magic powder. Is anybody here as enthusiastic as I genuinely am about the spicy mix for fajitas Old El Paso?

I recently told you that for me tofu is somewhat too blend and insipid to be in my top 50 favorite foods. When I decided to become vegetarian I used to dislike food for vegetarians but the more I experimented with a greater variety of ingredients the more I learnt how to cook vegetables and season all those foods that are considered too good for you to be seriously yummy.  

tostadas-1No ingredient should ever be underestimated, I learnt. A pinch of the right herb can provide an interesting nuance and elevate a dish to a totally another level of flavor. For example this stir fried tofu, onion and pepper on a layer of herbed Greek yogurt and crispy baked tostadas, would not work without this spicy mix.  

The seasoning provides an intense and scrumptious grilling taste to tofu cubes that I haven’t actually grilled. Believe me, I totally forgot that I was just tasting a soy bean curd. Instead, I felt more like if I was celebrating the summer season barbecuing outside with friends 🙂. Cool stuff!

tostadas-3There’s another plus side to this recipe: a very little preparation is required to it. Tofu is ready in no time – let’s say 5 minutes – because it is not necessary to marinate it overnight.  The spicy mix has just the right depth of flavor to make tofu flavorful after a quick stir fry. The tortillas don’t need more than 5 minutes in the oven to become low-calorie tostada shells. That’s how the recipe goes if you keep yourself focused in the kitchen and do not forget your food in the oven.

tostadas-5These pics here show you the outcome of my third attempt at baking the tortillas to reach the typical tostada crispiness. At the first attempt I reached the consistency of a dark ceramic plate. At the second try, I didn’t even know what I was thinking of… whatever, opening the oven was like deactivating an atomic bomb.

Moral of the story#1. you can barbecue 365 days a year, in any weather, if you have the right spices and a pinch of immagination.

Moral of the story#2. Four states of matter are observable in everyday life: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Burning the tortillas until the fifth state of the matter is reached, is possible but makes sense ONLY if you are a frustrated physicist like me.

Deep Smoky BBQ Tofu Tostadas


  • 4 medium tortillas
  • 1 big pepper
  • 200 gr tofu
  • 1/2 cup green beans optional
  • 2 tsp spicy mix for fajita I used Old El Paso
  • 8 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coriander finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint
  • 4 tablespoons corn kernels
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • olive oil and salt to taste


  • To prepare the herbed yogurt sauce finely chop the coriander and mint. Add to the yogurt and stir well. Set aside.
  • Wash and slice the pepper, cut the onions.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pepper, onion, green beans and stir fry for 3-5 minutes. Add the spicy mix seasoning, tofu and corn to the same skillet and cook about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit/204 degrees Celsius. Brush both sides of the corn tortillas lightly with vegetable oil. Sprinkle with salt. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and bake for 3-4 minutes or until tortillas turn crispy, with light to medium golden-brown color.
  • Remove the tostadas from the oven, spread over each tortilla 2 tablespoons of the yogurt mixture, then add the rest of the toppings. Season with salt and olive oil on top. Serve immediately.


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  1. Soybean curd, lol. I’ve never heard it described that way but it’s true. Your pictures are just beautiful and are making me crave tofu! That rarely happens.

    I will have to impress Brandon by telling him the four states of matter that are observable in everyday life. He’ll never guess I learned that from a food blog. 🙂

  2. I felt the same way about tofu. It needs lots of spices, but with the right ones it becomes very tasty! I will have to buy that spice next time I’m in town 🙂