Chicken Tostadas

Tostadas de Pollo

Tostadas are crunchy tortillas like hard taco shells but flat. Tostadas also refer to a prepared dish in which the crunchy tostadas are topped with refried beans, shredded chicken, shredded iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced white onion, Mexican cream, crumbly cheese, and your favorite salsa.

We prepared these with our homemade salsa roja. Tostadas are so good and so easy to prepare!

Chicken Tostada Salsa Roja and Queso Ranchero
A chicken tostada, yum, yum, yum…

A Party Favorite

Tostadas are great for parties and get-togethers. Everything is prepped in advance so that everyone can prepare their tostadas to their liking. Don’t like cream? Want extra chicken? Extra salsa? Make em however you want.

Tostada Making Station

Set up your tostada making station for quick and easy preparation. Tostadas are great with any type of salsa. If you are serving them for a party put out a variety of salsas.

Consider any of these: salsa verde, cascabel salsa, or restaurant salsa. The beans are served warm and the rest of the ingredients at room temperature.

Chicken Tostada Ingredients
Ready to prepare some tostadas.

How to Make Tostadas Step-by-Step

I guess you don’t really make chicken tostadas you build them. Stack the ingredients and build flavor. Just follow the steps and then enjoy. Kids love making their own tostadas.

Making Chicken Tostadas 1
Start by spreading refried beans on a tostada.
Making Chicken Tostadas 2
Then add shredded chicken.
Making Chicken Tostadas 5
Add shredded iceberg lettuce.
Making Chicken Tostadas 6
Add thinly sliced white onion.
Making Chicken Tostadas 3
Add a few dollops of Mexican cream.
Making Chicken Tostadas 4
Sprinkle with some crumbly cheese, queso ranchero, or queso fresco.
Chicken Tostada Topped With Salsa Roja
Finally, top with your favorite salsa.
Chicken Tostada Topped With Salsa Roja
Looks tasty! Provecho!

Preparing the Chicken

You want the chicken to be really tender. To cook the chicken perfectly, start by adding the chicken breasts to cold water and then bring the water to a gentle boil.

Cooking Chicken Breasts 1
Add chicken breasts to cold water.

Cook for about 20 minutes until fully cooked. Remove them from the water and allow them to cool.

Cooking Chicken Breasts 2
Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

Shred by hand. Cut each chicken breast into thirds and then tear off thin strips of chicken with your fingers.

If you have never shredded chicken before at first it is really slow and tedious. After a few minutes, you will get the hang of it and be able to work must faster.

TIP: Make a double batch of shredded chicken and freeze half to use later.

Chicken Tostada Salsa Roja and Queso Ranchero
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Chicken Tostadas

Mexican chicken tostadas, crunchy corn tortillas topped with refried beans, shredded chicken, shredded iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced white onion, Mexican cream, crumbly cheese, and your favorite salsa.
Course Chicken Tostadas
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword avocado salsa, chicken, refried beans, tostadas
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 tostadas
Calories 398kcal
Author Douglas Cullen


  • 1 lb. chicken breast cooked and shredded and lightly salted
  • 1 16 oz. can refried beans / 2 cups homemade
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 1 medium white onion very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cream crema or sour cream
  • 4 oz. queso ranchero a white crumbly Mexican cheese
  • 2 cups of your favorite salsa: restaurant salsa salsa verde
  • 8 to 12 tostadas


  • Start by gathering all your ingredients.
  • Heat the refried beans.
  • Spread about 1 tablespoon of beans on each tostada.
  • Add shredded chicken.
  • Add shredded lettuce.
  • Add sliced onion.
  • Add 1 tsp. of cream.
  • Add 1/2 oz. crumbled or grated cheese.
  • Top with salsa to taste.


  • Any of these cheeses are good for preparing tostadas: queso ranchero, queso panela, queso fresco or grated mozzarella.
  • Red onions add a colorful touch.


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1313mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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