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Chicken Tostadas

Chicken Tostadas

These appetizing crunchy CHICKEN TOSTADAS are all you need to satisfy your Tex-Mex cravings. Mixing the salsa, guacamole, and cheese flavors perfectly complement the toasty tortilla and the tender flavorful shredded chicken. It’s so easy and affordable to make, you can easily make some any time you want!
Course Appetizer, Main
Cuisine Tex Mex
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Calories 444kcal
Author Imma


Toasted Shell

Tostada Toppings

  • 2-3 cups shredded chicken , (see notes for options)
  • 2 cups refried beans , Homemade version here
  • 1- 1 ½ cups shredded Jack cheese or Monterey Jack , (see notes)
  • 1 ½ -2 cups iceberg lettuce , thinly sliced
  • 1 large or 2 medium avocados , peeled and pitted, diced or guacamole
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes , diced

Optional Toppings

  • ranch dressing , (homemade here)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1-2 green onions , diced
  • cilantro , chopped
  • lime wedges


Baked Version Tostadas

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F, then spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Lightly spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray. You can equally brush with cooking oil.
  • Place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly season them with salt.
  • Bake for 3 minutes, flip them over and bake for an added 2-3 minutes or until the tortillas are crispy and slightly turn brown. Keep in mind that they will dry out and firm up a little once they have cooled. Be sure to keep a close eye on it!

Fried Version Tostadas

  • In a deep fry pan, add enough oil to go fill about 1/4-inch upside of the pan.
  • Place on medium heat. As soon drop of water sizzles in oil, it is good. You can equally use thermometer and measure 360 Degrees F.
  • Gently add tortilla, cook for about 30 seconds to a minute per side. Use metal tongs to plunge the tortilla in the oil as it cooks. (If the tostada brown too quickly, reduce the heat and let the oil cool for a minute before continuing.)
  • Remove and place on paper towel, it should be crisp and slightly brown. Continue with remaining tortillas.


  • Make sure the refried beans, and chicken are at room temperature or warm before assembling the tostadas.
  • Layer your fried/baked tostada with either the refried beans or shredded chicken. Then followed by the rest of the other toppings. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


  1. If you don't have time to prepare this shredded chicken HERE, you can always use any leftover rotisserie chicken. Simply shred them using two forks by hand or using your stand mixer.
  2. Asie from Monterey Jack cheese, you may also sub it with crumbled Feta or Cotija cheese, grated Mozzarella, or Queso Fresco.
  3. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1tostada | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 910mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 3mg