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.

25 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mo
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    You make such lovely meals – I don’t think I’d ever eat out. I also love your dishes and fun plates.


    • Emily
      Jan 27, 2011 @ 9:12 am

      Oh I eat out plenty!! :) Love a good restaurant!!


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    We love tostadas in our house! These look delicious!


  3. grace
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    i always prefer chicken over beef, must try this!


  4. Michelle @ Housewife in the Raw
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    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.


  5. Anna Weedman
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Those look amazing Emily! Now why can’t that be in front of me for lunch shortly?! LOVE the photo of you girls – too cute!


  6. Ann Helwig
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    “Many years ago”???? That was just yesterday,wasn’t it?? Cute pic and yummy food Em!


    • Emily
      Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:27 am

      Haha, it sometimes feels like yesterday!


  7. Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    These look amazing! I have a weakness for mexican food, but I do try to health it up as much as possible. Thanks for sharing!


  8. Dawn (HealthySDLiving)
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Mexican food is my favorite – this sounds delicious!

    I used to work at a Mexican restaurant as well and it’s disgusting how many GIANT carne asada burritos I consumed! lol


  9. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Mmmmmmm Mexican food! I just finished lunch, but tacos or tostadas sound SO good!


  10. Dana
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    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


  11. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Wow, those are some pretty bright shirts!

    I worked in restaurants for seven years and yeah, a definite party environment! Tostadas look yummy, I was thinking about making those soon.


  12. Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    Mexican food is one of my favorites!!! Your recipe is so healthy! Now I can have my Mexican food fix in a healthy way. :)


  13. sarah (sarah learns)
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    yum! i’m a sucker for some good mexican food & i love making healthier versions at home. this recipe looks great!


  14. kate
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    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!


    • Emily
      Jan 28, 2011 @ 9:13 am

      Yes, that is very disturbing to think about!!! Haha


  15. thehealthyapron
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    What a simple, yet refreshing meal!! Love the shirts hahaha looks like fun memories!


  16. LauraJayne
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    I love healthy Mexican food – and this looks delicious!


  17. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    This is really funny because we went to a dinner party at La Esquina in NYC last night and they had these. I have been trying to figure out how I was going to recreate them at home…and now I know!


    • Emily
      Jan 29, 2011 @ 11:44 am

      Perfect! :)


  18. Holly
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    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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