chicken tostadas

Many years ago, I worked at a Mexican Restaurant in Wisconsin Dells. It was really my first experience in the food industry – the good, the bad, the partying, the learning swear words en español, the ridiculously bright shirts we had to wear and eating Mexican food 5-6 times a week. Needless to say, between the partying and excessive amounts of chips and salsa I wasn’t in the best shape of my life. (Although I will say that it was a very fun summer!)

But that phase is long behind me – my friends now call me Nana, I’m at my healthy weight and thankfully I no longer own any of those ridiculous shirts, but every now and then I get those cravings for the Mexican food that I subsided off that summer.

I obviously had to rotate meals, but the tostadas was always one of my favorites and I always love a meal that can be customized!

Chicken Tostadas - 4 servings

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 oz salsa verde
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • tostada shells*
  • toppings: lettuce, tomato, green onions, salsa, sour cream

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place chicken in glass container and cover with salsa verde.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. (I always over-cook chicken, I blame it on my Food Microbiology class)

Let cool and shred chicken.  Heat beans.

Put out toppings, beans and tostada shells and build your tostada!

*I made toastada shells by cutting sprouted tortillas into circles and then baking them at 400° F for about 2 minutes per side.


  1. says

    We do some version of tostados or tacos once a week. I usually have black beans and refried beans and several toppings and we all build our own. It is one of the messiest meals (toddlers and very breakable corn shells = instant mess), but they love making their own dinner.

    I went to the Dells once when we lived in MN, it was a hoot.

  2. says

    I do love a good Mexican meal! Even though it is typically so heavy, I love that Mexican food can be lightened up very easily. This looks so delicious… now I’m craving Mexican LOL

  3. says

    i would look forward to our family vacation to the dells and noah’s arc each summer. all i can think about now when thinking of the dells is how many kids must pee in the giant water park pools each day. gross!

  4. says

    i worked as a hostess at Ruby Tuesday’s one summer, where i gained weight because i would incessantly steal their oh so delicious croutons from the salad bar when i worked. then i got caught, and that stopped :)

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