Pumpkin Avocado Tostadas

Pumpkin & Avocado Tostadas / loveandlemons.com

“They” say you should eat an apple a day – but according to everyone’s instagram feeds these days, I think we can all agree that the almighty avocado is the way to go. I don’t care if they’re trendy or not, the good fat that you get from avocados always makes for a delicious, nutrient-dense meal or mid-day snack.

In an effort not to show you yet another version of avocado toast – I have the next best thing – the avocado tostada. It’s like avocado toast in disguise.

I baked organic corn tortillas until crispy, layered them with an ancho chile pumpkin spread and topped them with crispy veggies, slices of Hass avocado and a few pinches of sea salt.

Pumpkin & Avocado Tostadas / loveandlemons.com Pumpkin & Avocado Tostadas / loveandlemons.com

If you’ve been following for long, then you understand my serious love for avocados. When I’m trying to avoid saturated fats, I sub in avocado instead of butter on my toast, or instead of cheese on my tacos… you get the idea (and if you don’t here are 61 other instances).

Pumpkin & Avocado Tostadas / loveandlemons.com

Today, we’re working with the The Hass Avocado Board to help spread the message that diets rich in fibrous foods (like avocados) potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Pumpkin Avocado Tostadas
Serves: serves 2 with extra sauce
  • 4 to 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup sliced romaine lettuce
  • 1 ripe Haas avocado, sliced
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges
  • coarse sea salt
  • your favorite tomatillo salsa, optional
  • hot sauce, optional
ancho chile pumpkin spread: (this makes extra)
  • 1 cup roasted pumpkin or sweet potato mash
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ small garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle paste or powder, or to taste* (see note)
  • pinch of cumin and coriander
  • up to ⅓ cup water, if necessary** (see note)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Make the ancho chile pumpkin spread: Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice a small pumpkin in half and scrape out the seeds and pulp. Bake for 1 hour, or until fork-tender. If using a sweet potato, bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool. Scoop out 1 cup of the pumpkin flesh and place it in a blender or food processor with the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, chile powder, chipotle paste, cumin, coriander, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add water as necessary to blend to a smooth consistency. Adjust spices to taste. Chill until ready to use.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the tortillas on the baking sheet and bake until crispy, about 15 minutes.
  3. Assemble the tostadas with the pumpkin spread, lettuce, avocado slices, radish, scallions, and pepitas. Top with a pinch of sea salt and a squeeze of lime. Serve with extra lime slices, salsa, and hot sauce, if desired.
  4. Store extra pumpkin spread in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Top it on tacos, serve with quesadillas, or use it as a dip for chips.
*if you’re sensitive to spice, start with less and add more to taste
**The water is necessary if you’re using a blender. You will probably need less water if you’re using a food processor. You can also mash this by hand and skip the water.

This post was created in partnership with the The Hass Avocado Board. HAB has joined the American Diabetes Association® in the national Stop Diabetes® movement. Their goal is to help increase awareness about the role that good fats play in daily nutrition.

If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. Katie from whatskatieupto.com on said:

    Wow this looks so beautiful – really delicious and perfect for this season – so thank you for the recipe!!

    Love Katie

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  2. Arielle from scotchandnonsense.com on said:

    Well this looks like all of my favorite things combined. Tostadas, chipotle paste, avocados, pumpkin, and vegetarian. Will be trying this ASAP!

  3. Allyson from consideringtheradish.wordpress.com on said:

    Oh, this looks like one of my favorite quick meals- a black bean and sweet potato tostada topped with avocado. Yum.

  4. Mary from marydevinat.com on said:

    Your avocados look so fresh and this recipe should be really good. I think it’s perfect for a Saturday night with some friends :)

  5. annie from chasethatilove.com on said:

    Tostadas are a magic word around here! Did you say that ancho chili pumpkin spread makes extra? Oh darn, whatever am I gonna do with it? : )

  6. Kristin from eatflyloveblog.com on said:

    This looks absolutely lovely! I’ve tried a sweet potato and cauliflower version similar to this and loved it – have to add this to my must-make list!

  7. Yes avocado is definitely the new apple! I love the ancho chili pumpkin flavor combo here. I’ve been making a similar tostada but will definitely add the chipotle and apple cider vinegar next time.

  8. Kelley from vegetarianpdx.com on said:

    Do you think plain ol’ pumpkin puree from a can would work? If, say, I had a cup in my fridge that needed using ASAP?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Kelley, I’m not sure (I only tried the variation with a sweet potato). I’m not sure if it would be flavorful enough or too watery – but check out this pumpkin hummus recipe where I used part of a pumpkin can I had leftover – you could use something similar on these tostadas: http://www.loveandlemons.com/2014/10/27/pumpkin-hummus-quesadillas/

      • Kelley from vegetarianpdx.com on said:

        Ooh, perfect, thanks!

  9. Virginia on said:

    Did you make that lovely chili verde sauce in the picture. I’m wondering how to make that.

  10. Tori from gringalicious.com on said:

    OMG, why have I never put pumpkin with avo? I have to try these gorgeous tacos!!!

  11. gabriella from bygabriella.co on said:

    These look amazing! I need to add these to my meal plan for next week!


  12. Diane K from Www.figfoodin.blogspot.com on said:

    I have been eating an avocado a day for years. Avo toast is my favorite meal when I only have a minute, but a crunchy tostada may just have to be my new favorite. Thanks for the idea.

  13. Ashley on said:

    These were great, and wait to use the filling with other recipes!

    • Ashley on said:

      *can’t wait

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  15. Wan from cookingequipmentguides.com on said:

    I have to admit, I’d never considered using pumpkin in anything besides desserts. I consider myself a pumpkin lover, so I definitely need to give this a try!

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  19. Savannah on said:

    This sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it out! I would’ve never thought to use pumpkin in tacos, especially paired with avocado. It looks and sounds so yummy and healthy. I’m excited!

  20. LK on said:

    I am in love with your blog, its look, your recipes, etc. :)

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