Crab Tostadas with Guacamole & Tomatillo Salsa

Yield: Serves 6

Chef: Chef Brian Streeter

Crab Tostadas with Guacamole & Tomatillo Salsa


  • 12 stale corn tortillas, cut into 2 1/2″ to 3″ circles
  • 1 qt. vegetable oil


  • 3 avocados
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 3 tomatillos, husks removed and minced
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime
  • Salt


  • 1/2 lb. tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1 dried Gaujillo chile, stem and seeds removed
  • 2 dried Arbol chili, stems removed
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • Salt

1/2 lb. Dungeness crab meat, cleaned


Heat oil in a large saucepan to 350°F. Fry tortilla rounds in small batches until crisp and brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Reserve.

To make the guacamole, remove the pit and peel from the avocado. Mash in mortar and pestle or with the back of a spoon in a bowl. Add the onion, jalapeño, tomatillo and cilantro and the juice from the lime. Stir to combine and season with salt to taste. Reserve.

To make the salsa, heat a large skillet over high heat, char the tomatillos lightly on all sides. Add the chilies and garlic and lightly toast without burning. Add a cup of water. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the chilies to soften. Add contents of the skillet to a blender jar and puree until smooth. Reserve.

To serve, place a small spoonful of the guacamole on each tostada, top with a spoonful of the crab and finish with a little of the salsa.

Enjoy with a glass of Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc