Chicken Tostada
Authentic Mexican Recipe

This crisp, casual salad is a perfect light lunch or summertime supper—and a great way to use up leftover chicken.


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1 recipe Guacamole
1 recipe Pico de Gallo Salsa
~ vegetable oil for frying
6 corn tortillas
2 cups refried beans*
1 ½–2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
8 ounces cooked chicken breast, shredded**
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup queso fresco cheese, crumbled***
1/2 cup sour cream
* You’ll save time with store bought beans but homemade Refried Beans will give the best flavor.** Purchase roasted chicken, use leftovers, or make the Beyond Wonderful Chicken Stock recipe that produces a whole chicken cooked to perfection and ready for shredding.*** Locate this cheese at Mexican or Latin American markets, or substitute feta or Monterey Jack cheese.

1. Prepare the guacamole and pico de gallo according to recipe instructions; set aside.

2. Pour approximately ½-inch of oil into a heavy-bottomed skillet and set it over medium-high heat until almost smoking.

3. Fry the tortillas one at a time for approximately 45 seconds on each side, or until crisp. Control the heat and carefully add extra oil as required. Set the tortillas on the baking sheet and blot off any excess oil.

4. Warm the beans and set aside.

5. Spread each fried tortilla with a layer of beans, then top with guacamole, lettuce, chicken, and onion.

6. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the six tostadas and top with a tablespoon or two of sour cream and pico de gallo salsa.

7. Place the tostadas on individual plates and serve.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes with pre-made guacamole and pico de gallo salsa.