BBQ Chicken Tostadas

There’s nothing better than turning a rotisserie chicken into epic weeknight meals and these BBQ chicken tostadas is how you demonstrate who’s the boss around the kitchen.

Mostly, because they are super simple to make, just like the other recipes inside the Taco Tuesday Cookbook, you’re gonna love this 10min meal. Check it out:

What are Tostadas

Tostadas are the crunchy, flat version of soft corn tortillas or the flat version of a crispy taco. Its round surface makes them perfect to load with toppings and they are one food you absolutely need in your life.

Traditionally tostadas are topped with beans, ground beef or another type of meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese but today, we’re doing something a little special.

Instead of the original toppings, this tostada recipe is loaded with shredded BBQ chicken, shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, and finished off with sour cream. The flavor and texture combo is out of this world and total success with my kids.

image: two chicken tostadas on a pan with sour cream and cheese

Are Tostadas Healthy?

While fried corn tortillas aren’t as low in fat as soft tortillas, tostadas are still an excellent idea for mealtime. You can include any of your favorite taco components like grilled meat, fresh veggies, cheese, salsa- it’s all about balance.

You can also make your own tostadas by baking corn tortillas coated with olive oil. Not only do they taste more authentic but it’s much easier than frying.

image: 4 tostadas on a sheet pan with a small bowl of sour cream

How to Make Tostadas

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and spray two large baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Lightly spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray and place them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Lightly season them with salt.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes, flip them over and bake for another 5-10 minutes until the tortillas are crispy like a chip.

Ingredients for Chicken Tostadas

These chicken tostadas require minimal effort, thanks to a rotisserie chicken, which I grabbed from the store, and a half-empty bottle of BBQ sauce. You can go the rotisserie chicken route or use leftover cooked chicken from a previous dinner. Here’s your ingredient list:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Crunchy tostada shells
  • Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
image: 4 tostadas on a sheet pan with a small bowl of sour cream - side shot image

How to Serve Tostadas

Essentially, filling and serving a tostada is like making a taco but with a flat, crunchy tortilla. First, you’ll:

  1. Toast the tostada
  2. Top it- see above for topping ideas
  3. Eat- see below
  4. Repeat!

Yes, you’ll need to toast the tostada you get from the grocery store too! Crisping them up will make them irresistible.

A note for the topping part, make sure you start with the denser ingredients like guacamole, black beans, and meat FIRST! Otherwise, nothing will stack upright, and you’ll definitely have a disaster in your lap.

How to Eat a Tostada

Accept the fact now that there is NO clean way to eat a tostada. You WILL eat it with your hands, and there’s a good chance you will wear a little of it on your face, but it’s so worth it. Just grab a napkin and carry on!

When it comes to technique, the best way to eat a tostada is with your hands. A fork and knife do not belong in this picture, and if you use either, you will be judged. Think of it like eating a piece of toast but stacked with toppings.

  1. Pick up tostada
  2. Brace yourself
  3. Take a bite
  4. Repeat

If you’re tostada breaks apart, be cool about it and eat the rest like nachos, it’s no less delicious.

Other Ways to Make Tostadas

If this recipe awakens your inner tostada love, which it should, I’ve got a few more ideas for you to try.

Check the Taco Tuesday Cookbook for the full recipe plus more amazing Taco Tuesday eats! What have been your favorite taco recipes so far?

2 thoughts on “BBQ Chicken Tostadas”

  1. Kiki says:

    Do you have any actual recipes available? I’d like to try some before I buy the cookbook, but everything is an ad for your cookbook. Disappointing because the recipes look great, but I’d like to try some first!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Hi Kiki, due to contractual obligations as an Author, I am unable to publish the actual recipe (for now). If you hop over to Amazon, you can read about what others have said regarding the recipes in the cookbook. It’s one that sits on my counter at home and use weekly myself.

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