Easy Chicken Tostadas

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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!

corn tortillas smothered in toppings.
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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!

four chicken tostadas on a tray.

Ingredients

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
instructions on how to make chicken tostadas

Instructions

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.

Recipe FAQS

What are tostadas made of?

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.

What’s the difference between a tostada and a taco?

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.

How do you eat a tostada?

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.

tostadas after cheese has been added.

Serving Tips

  • 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.
plate of tostadas with sour cream on top.

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chicken tostadas topped with beans, chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.

Easy Chicken Tostadas

Easy Chicken Tostadas are perfect for easy dinners or Cinco de Mayo celebrations!
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 297kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup rotisserie chicken diced
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 can 15 oz black beans, drained
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups lettuce shredded
  • ½ cup cilantro diced
  • 1 cup queso fresco crumbled
  • ½ cup sour cream optional

Instructions

  • In a skillet, fry corn tortillas in vegetable oil over medium heat until crispy (about 1 minute per side).
  • Drain tortillas on paper towels.
  • Add diced chicken to skillet and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Sauté for a few minutes, then move to a serving bowl. 
  • Add black beans to skillet and mash until most beans are broken. Add salsa and a little bit of the cilantro. Sauté over medium heat until beans are thickened and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • To assemble tostadas, start with the fried tortillas. Spread black bean mixture on tortillas, then add chicken. Top with tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro and crumbled queso fresco. 
  • Drizzle with sour cream if desired, or other toppings of your choice. 

Notes

  • Use corn tortillas that are a few days old for best results. If tortillas are moist, dry them on a sheet pan in a 275 degree oven for 5 minutes before frying. 
  • If you can't find queso fresco at the grocery store, feel free to substitute cojita or feta cheese instead.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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4 Comments

  1. I whipped these up for dinner tonight and they are delicious! I am on an eating plan so I substituted a Joseph’s flat bread for the tortilla and made myself a low carb chicken burrito. Thank you for the recipe. I will be making these again!

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