Simply put good Mexican food is highly addictive. The flavors, spices, freshness and even aromas constantly having me coming back for more day after day, week after week. I could happily eat it 3 meals a day and be completely satisfied. One of the best breakfast I’ve ever had was on a trip to Mexico, these women made breakfast burritos with everything made from scratch, yes I still dream about those and the tamales they made with a masa prepared with fresh corn. Good Mexican food is loaded with fresh flavor and when made right, it’s never bland.
With Mexican dishes such as these tostadas I can sometimes get a little carried away. I like to get a little crazy with the toppings I pile on. Lets just say I pile mine high. There’s the perfectly crisp tostada shell, topped with beans, often followed by mexican rice, then a generous amount of the chicken (or other meat such as shredded beef), then I add the cheese over the warm chicken (so it will melt a bit), followed by the lettuce, green or red onions, tomatoes, cilantro lime ranch, sour cream, Mexican hot sauce (and as always, plenty of it), sometimes fresh salsa, and basically whatever else I see in the fridge or in my produce basket =). It sounds like an overload but somehow it all blends so incredibly well together. Of course you don’t need to add that much to it when you prepare these, just add the toppings you like. Enjoy!
- 1 recipe slow cooker shredded chicken, recipe found here
- 8 (8-inch) flour or corn tortillas
- oil for frying or baking tortillas (I like to use half vegetable oil & half olive oil)
- Tostada toppings:
- 3 1/2 cups prepared refried, pinto or black beans (if using canned from 2 - 15 oz cans)*
- 2 cups shredded cheese, such as Cheddar and Monterey Jack (cotija is also good)
- 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 avocados, diced
- 3 - 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
- sour cream
- Optional toppings:
- chopped red or green onions, cilantro and fresh limes for juicing or cilantro lime ranch dressing, hot sauce
- Prepare chicken according to directions listed. To prepare tostada shells, heat 1/4 - inch of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot (you can tell by adding the tip of a shell and if the oil sizzles around it, it's ready), add one tortilla and fry until golden on bottom, then using metal tongs, rotate tortilla to opposite side and cook opposite side until golden and crisp. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels and repeat process with remaining tortillas, adding additional oil to pan as needed and preheating oil before frying tortillas. If baking tortillas preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using about 2 Tbsp oil total, brush both sides of tortillas with oil then align in a single layer on 2 cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven 8 - 10 minutes, rotating once halfway through baking, until crisp and lightly golden.
- Spread warm shell with beans, followed by prepared and shredded chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados and other toppings desired. Serve immediately.
- *For homemade refried beans I like to use this recipe here just be sure you use the lesser amount of water mentioned. If using canned refried, pinto or black canned beans I like to heat them in a saucepan, and add a few dashes of chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper as well as a few tbsp of salsa. Also, if using canned refried beans I would recommend adding a few tbsp of water to thin.
- Recipe Source: Cooking Classy