Cheesy Frico Fried Egg Tostadas

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Hey there, fellow fried egg enthusiasts! Brace yourselves because your breakfast just hit a whole new level of amazing. Picture this: a crunchy base of caramelized cheddar and pepper Jack cheese topped with zesty pico de gallo, all nestled under a perfectly fried egg. These cheesy frico fried egg tostadas are about to rock your world, whether it’s breakfast or a quick weeknight dinner.

Let’s talk fricos, shall we? Originating from northern Italy, fricos are essentially cheese crisps that make for delicious snacks. While traditionally made with Montasio cheese, we’re giving them a Tex-Mex twist using a blend of cheddar and pepper Jack cheese. Crack an egg right in the center as the frico cooks, and voila! You’ve got yourself a crispy, cheesy egg tostada that’s out of this world.

Now, making a frico egg tostada might sound intimidating, but trust me, it’s a breeze. Start by melting a mix of freshly shredded cheese in a nonstick pan over medium heat until it bubbles. Crack an egg in the middle and let it cook until the egg sets and the cheese caramelizes. Using a large flexible spatula, gently transfer the frico egg onto a plate. It may seem a bit soft at first, but don’t worry—it’ll firm up as it cools.

Cheesy Frico Fried Egg Tostadas

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 4


  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño finely chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1/4 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus extra
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese about 1/2 cup
  • 2 ounces shredded pepper Jack cheese about 1/2 cup
  • 4 large eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper optional


  • In a medium bowl, mix together tomato, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside for serving later.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Toss cheddar and pepper Jack cheese in a small bowl until combined.
  • Spread 1/4 cup of cheese mixture evenly in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Let it melt and bubble for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Crack an egg into the center of the cheese, season with salt and pepper if desired, and let it cook until the egg white starts to set and the frico turns deep orange-brown, about 2 minutes. Cover the pan and cook until the egg white fully sets, about 1 more minute. Uncover and cook until the frico is firm enough to lift, around 1 more minute.
  • Carefully transfer the frico egg to the prepared sheet using a nonstick spatula. Let it sit for 2 minutes to harden. Repeat the process with the remaining cheese mixture and eggs.
  • Serve your frico eggs topped with the pico de gallo mixture you prepared earlier. Enjoy the cheesy goodness!

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