Easy Chicken Tostadas are fun to make, and even more fun to eat! Crispy corn tortillas are topped with black beans, chicken, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese. They're perfect for easy dinners or Cinco de Mayo celebrations!
What Are Tostadas?
Tostadas are corn tortillas that have been baked or fried and topped with flavorful veggies and protein. They're similar to tacos, but lay flat instead of being folded into a pocket. Anything you would put on a taco works well on a tostada!
Tostada is the Spanish word for 'toasted' and perfectly describes the base of this popular hand-held meal. Homemade tostada shells are easy to make and recommended if you're craving authentic Mexican flavor. They're especially delicious with a Blueberry Sriracha Margarita!
To make Easy Chicken Tostadas, you'll need the following ingredients:
- corn tortillas - fried for a crispy and crunchy base
- corn or vegetable oil - used to fry tortillas
- rotisserie chicken - easy to dice and sauté
- taco seasoning - the perfect amount of spice
- black beans - mashed and cooked until creamy
- salsa - added to black beans for flavor
- tomatoes - diced for topping
- lettuce - shredded
- cilantro - adds great flavor
- queso fresco - a mild and crumbly cheese
- sour cream (optional) - the final drizzle
Making tostadas couldn't be easier! You can assemble them before serving, or set out ingredients in separate bowls and let guests make their own.
Start by frying corn tortillas in a little oil. Fry until completely crispy, then remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
After frying the tortillas, add diced rotisserie chicken to the skillet along with a packet of taco seasoning. Sauté for a few minutes and place into a serving bowl.
Stir black beans along with cilantro and salsa in the skillet. Sauté over medium heat until thick and creamy.
To assemble tostadas, set out the fried tortillas. Layer with black beans, then add chicken. Top with tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro and queso fresco. Drizzle with sour cream if desired, or other toppings of your choice.
Tostadas are made of corn tortillas that have been baked or fried in oil. You can purchase tostada shells pre-made, but they are much better if made from scratch.
Tostadas are basically an open faced taco that lay flat instead of being folded or shaped. They provide a crunchy base for the same toppings you would put on a taco.
It's easiest to use your hands to eat a tostada, and take small bites. Using a fork is not recommended since it's hard to cut the shell and toppings without shattering the tortilla.
- Use corn tortillas that are a few days old for best results. If moist, dry them on a sheet pan in a 275 degree oven for 5 minutes before frying to ensure crispness.
- Turn your tortillas into a fiesta by creating a Tostada Bar! Set out fried tortillas with bowls of toppings and encourage guests to build their own tostadas.
- If you can't find queso fresco, feel free to substitute cojita or feta cheese instead.
- Add other toppings to the mix, such as roasted corn, refried beans, onions, avocado, salsa verde and sour cream.
- Serve with lime wedges to enhance the flavor.
- Make tostadas vegetarian by omitting chicken.
- Serve alongside Skillet Mexican Street Corn for a fun and budget-friendly dinner.
Planning a fun Fiesta or Cinco de Mayo party? Add these Mexican inspired recipes to the lineup for a perfect celebration!
- Green Burritos
- Baja Chicken Tacos
- Fiesta Rice Bowl
- Sheet Pan Taco Bake
- Skillet Mexican Street Corn
- Easy Chicken Taco Bake
- Blueberry Sriracha Margarita