Easy Chicken Tostadas: A fun taco alternative!

Easy Chicken Tostadas - This simple dinner is quick to make but makes for a fun family meal!

These chicken tostadas are easy to make and a fun alternative to tacos or nachos.  Set up a topping bar, and everyone can make their own tostada work of art!

Chicken Tostadas: An easy, fun dinner idea! #mexicanfood

This is a favorite dinner at our house. It’s amazing how something so simple can make for such a fun meal! The chicken in this recipe can also be used to top taco salad, fill quesadillas, or serve on its own. If you want a really quick dinner, use leftover or canned chicken instead of cooking the meat. These are even better served with Quick Guacamole. Dig in!

Chicken Tostadas: An easy, fun dinner idea!
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Chicken Tostadas: An easy, fun dinner idea! #mexicanfood

Chicken Tostadas

These easy chicken tostadas are a fun alternative to tacos. Top with guacamole, and enjoy!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 8 corn tostadas (crunchy flat shells)
  • 15 ounces refried beans (I use a Mexican brand if I can find it with real, live lard.)
  • 1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • finely shredded cabbage
  • optional toppings include salsa, guacamole, diced tomatoes, and sliced black olives


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat.
  2. Heat skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray (I like my 10″ iron skillet best). Cook chicken approximately 7 minutes per side, until brown and cooked through. Remove to cutting board and let rest a few minutes.
  3. While chicken is resting, arrange tostadas in a single layer on two baking sheets. Spread each tostada evenly with refried beans.
  4. Slice chicken into thin strips, and arrange on top tostadas. Sprinkle each tostada with 2 tbsp. shredded cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Serve with desired toppings and enjoy.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25

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Andi Gleeson


10 years ago

Thank you Andi. Have a great weekend.

10 years ago

Thank you, Liz!

10 years ago

Thank you Andi. Love the easy tostadas and tuna wrap. Have a great week!

10 years ago

Thank you, Liz! I hope you are having a good week too :)

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