Tostadas are delicious, open-faced tacos of goodness. Set up a “make your own tostadas” bar and bask in the glow of your happy family and friends for your next game day!
My kids looked at me like I was a little bit nutty the first time I made chicken tostadas – “What are they?! Did you break the tacos, mom?” But it only took a quick bite for them to learn the wonderfulness of this easy recipe!
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- Corn tostadas – It’s a little strange that the name of the recipe is also the name of an ingredient, but what can you do? Corn tostadas are typically found in the same aisle as tortillas and will look like corn tortillas, except they’re crunchy instead of soft.
- Refried beans – We used Rosarita refried beans! Yum!
- Chicken – We used shredded baked chicken, but this is also a great opportunity to use up whatever leftovers you have on hand. Try it with ground beef, grilled steak, sliced pork, shredded pork, or even no meat at all!
- Mexican blend cheese – Some markets will call this Fiesta blend cheese. You could also just use cheddar.
- Tomatoes with green chilies – We used Rotel! (One of my favorite secret cooking weapons.) Buy an extra can and make our Mexican Lasagna recipe next!
- Avocado – If you’re not able to get your hands on a ripe avocado, check the refrigerated produce section for guacamole.
- Queso fresco – Our market carries queso fresco near the feta cheese. Probably because it’s very similar. If you can’t find queso fresco, feta will work as a substitute.
- Fresh cilantro – Some folks have strong feelings about cilantro. In our house we love it, but if you’re not Team Cilantro, try green onion instead.
- Optional garnishes – Cilantro garlic sauce, olives, sour cream, fresh or pickled jalapenos, fresh or pickled onions, roasted salsa.
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What is a Tostada?
A tostada typically means a crunchy flat or bowl-shaped tortilla. It can also refer to recipes, like this one, using a tostada as a base.
How to Make a Tostada (Step by Step)
⭐ First, place corn tostadas on a baking sheet and layer with refried beans, meat, then shredded cheese.
⭐ Then, bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.
⭐ Next, top with tomatoes & chilies, avocado, queso fresco, and cilantro.
⭐ Finally, enjoy immediately while warm.
Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
- Take your favorite recipe to a BOLD new level with Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies.
- Vine-ripened tomatoes, zesty green chilies, and a mix of spices are what give Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies its BOLD, adventurous taste.
- Combine Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies with soups, chili, queso, or any other recipe, and banish the bland.
- Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies contains 25 calories per serving.
- Don’t make compromises with your meals. Embrace the BOLD with the fresh taste of Rotel, the Bite with Bite.
Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans
- For over 70 Years, Rosarita has continued to make delicious Mexican-style products including refried beans, ingredient beans and cooking sauces. When it comes to your family’s Mexican night, serve them the taste of true Mexican heritage. Add Rosarita Traditional Refried beans for a delicious Mexican-style meal your family will love.
- Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans have 120 calories and zero grams trans-fat per serving.
- Add Rosarita Traditional refried beans for authentic and delicious Mexican inspired side dish.
Can I prepare tostadas ahead of time?
While the components can be made up ahead of time (cooking the meat, shredding the cheese, and so forth) the actual tostadas recipe should be put together and cooked immediately before serving for best results.
Corn or Flour Tostadas for Chicken Tostadas Recipe?
This recipe typically uses corn, but it can also be made with flour if you wish. If you are unable to find crunchy flour tostadas at your grocery store, soft flour tortillas can be baked or fried to crispy and then used.
Leftovers and Storage
How to store leftover Mexican tostadas?
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for one to two days in a sealed, airtight container. If you have several to store, use parchment paper between layers.
How do you reheat leftover tostadas?
Leftovers are best reheated in a toaster oven or traditional oven. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 – 10 minutes until warmed and crispy. We do not recommend using a microwave to reheat these leftovers.
Are tostadas gluten free?
Yes, keeping in mind to check the labels on all your ingredients. This recipe as written is gluten free.
Are tostadas healthy?
Tostadas can be healthy, but this will depend on two factors – first, what diet you are following and second what toppings you choose.
A tostada made with chicken breast, Rotel, fat free refried beans, and lettuce will be considerably lower in calories than one dripping in sour cream and cheese. But sometimes you need cheese and sour cream to feed your soul.
Complete your meal with these suggestions
Chicken Tostados can easily be a meal in and of themselves, but if you’re looking for the perfect side dishes, definitely try our black bean soup recipe, fresh Pico de Gallo, and a pineapple margarita to wash it all down!
More Mexican Inspired Recipes
- Bakers half sheet – It’s cool, we only have about six of these bakers half sheets because they’re good for absolutely everything. Cookies? Yes! Steak? Yes! Cake? Oh yeah! Roasted veggies? Uhhhh huh!
- Santuko knife – My favorite knife for cutting vegetables! This knife is the perfect size and shape, handles great, and is super reasonably priced. Also, I just love that it’s fun and colorful!
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How to Make a Mexican Tostada
- 6 - 8 corn tostadas
- 1 can refried beans (we used Rosarita!) 16 ounces
- 1 pound chicken or other protein, cooked/shredded
- 1 cup finely shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 1 can tomatoes with green chilis (we used Rotel!) 10 ounces (drained)
- 1 avocado thinly sliced
- 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
- Fresh cilantro rough chopped
- Other topping ideas: cilantro garlic sauce olives, sour cream
- Place corn tostadas on a baking sheet and layer with refried beans, meat, then shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Top with tomatoes & chilis, avocado, queso fresco, and cilantro.
- Enjoy immediately while warm.