by Olena

Chicken Tostadas

by Olena

5 from 16 reviews

Tostada served on a platter

Tostada

How to make healthy chicken tostadas and homemade tostada shells in 20 minutes. SO EASY and GOOD!

I love Mexican food like every other sane person on the planet, however I don’t love a bazillion bowls with different fixins its serving requires. Nor do I appreciate the mess. These Mexican shredded chicken tostadas can be on your weeknight dinner table in 20 minutes.

What Is a Tostada?

Tostada is a Mexican dish traditionally made with deep fried tortilla, seasoned beans, meat and vegetables.

Are Tostadas Healthy?

These are! We will make healthy tostada recipe today by using super easy homemade tortilla shells. And the toppings are healthy because you have control over all ingredients, can add as many veggies and as little cheese as you like.

Chicken tostadas with avocado, black beans, tomato, red onion and garnished with cilantro

What Are Tostada Ingredients?

All ingredients are highly customizable in this chicken tostada recipe. And I recommend to use what you have on hand.

  • 15 oz can of black or healthy refried beans
  • Easy guacamole (recipe below)
  • Shredded chicken
  • Feta or Cotija cheese

Tostada is perfect for quick and healthy dinner! Add this recipe to your rotation.

Ingredients for chicken tostada recipe including black beans guacamole,shredded chicken, feta cheese, homemade tostada shells

Chicken for Tostadas Recipe:

How to Make Tostada Shells

You can use store-bought tostada shells but be aware they contain artificial colours, hydrogenated oils, and are impossible to find organic. You can, I mean not the end of the world, but if you have time I highly recommend to make your own – super easy!

  1. Line large baking sheet with silicone mat and arrange tortillas in a single layer. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt on both sides.

    corn tortillas on a baking tray or how to make tostada shells

  2. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes per each side. They come out so crunchy!

    homemade tostada shells

How to Make Chicken Tostadas

  1. While tostada shells are baking, make easy guacamole salsa by combining tomato, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and lime juice. Get other ingredients ready.
  2. To assemble tostadas, top each shell with guacamole, beans, chicken and cheese.

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Chicken Tostadas

5 from 16 reviews

How to make healthy Chicken Tostadas and Homemade Tostada Shells in 20 minutes. SO EASY and GOOD!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tostadas 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas or tostada shells
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 4 medium avocados, diced
  • 3 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Lime, juice of
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup feta or Cotija cheese
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. To make tostada shells, line large baking sheet with silicone mat and arrange tortillas in a single layer. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt on both sides. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes per each side.
  2. While tostadas are baking, make easy guacamole salsa by combining tomato, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and lime juice. Get other ingredients ready.
  3. To assemble tostadas, top each shell with guacamole, beans, chicken and cheese.

Notes

Store-bought tostadas shells are full of artificial colours and preservatives. I prefer to make my own but you can use pre-made.

Healthy brand of refried beans instead of black beans is welcome

Adjust salt in guacamole to taste depending on whether you use store-bought tostada shells, salted canned beans and store-bought or homemade chicken.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This is great! I like to use refried beans because they act as a glue for the other toppings. One other topping I added was a low-fat sour cream for a nice tang – or add a slash of fresh lime juice for a bright, fresh flavor.

    If people wish to use a sous vide, cook for an hour at 150º, let sit for 10 minutes, drain any liquid and shred. You can add some flavor to the chicken first if you’d like by adding 1/4 c salsa to your sous vide bag, or rub a spice blend over the chicken first. I used boneless, skinless breasts.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Mine didn’t turn out as pretty BUT they were amazing and our family loved them!! Definitely adding to our weekly meals!!

  3. I LOVE this recipe! I am going to make this again and again! Delicious and satisfying!

    Added note 1: I used a salt-grinder when salting the corn tortillas, which made the salt really “pop.” The only additional side I served at dinner was a rather bland plate of watermelon slices. The salt from the tortilla shells really saved the watermelon!

    I recently started using the “fooducate” app, and I published this recipe. I hope it’s okay that I made it public. I cited “ifoodreal” in the recipe title and noted “Taken from ifoodreal.com” in the notes. If you want me to make this recipe private (so that only I can see it on the app), just let me know. Thank you!

  4. Loved this! added a twist and added mango to the salsa! It was so good will definitely be making this again.

  5. It Look so delicious. Super amazing recipe.
    Loved the presentation .
    Thanks for sharing !!
    Keep Posting !!
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    I hope you will like it and find it helpful.

  6. I make these tostadas once a week and my family loves them and so do I! I’m Mexican and I no longer buy tostadas, I bake them! I will sometimes add quinoa, if I have leftovers of it. Adding a salsa also makes them great. Your recipes are simple and delicious. Thank u!

  7. Simple and sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family tonight, including two little ones. I’m going to try my hand at making my own tostadas too!

    Thanks from momofwarhearmyroar.com

  8. absolutely delicious! We have this once a week ever since discovering it. Every recipe on your website has been very delicious, thank you!

  9. you inspired me to make a version of this! thank you. I had sprouted tortillas – 2 min in the microwave made them crispy just like tostada shells, soooo goood! i did not have chicken, but tofu – just pan fried crispy and then had everyone assemble to their liking. My 5 yo just had the shells with beans and we had everything else, it was so good.
    thank you for your delicious inspirations!
    btw I love your new layout of the site….

    1. Aw, thank you! Anything works with tostadas! My 7 yo had tostada with beans too haha. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration and a kick…

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