Chicken Tostadas

19 Jul

Chicken Tostada

One of the things I miss most about California (aside from my parents and that glorious constant 65 degree weather) is good, cheap Mexican food. For the last thirteen years I have been on a constant hunt for those hole-in-the-wall, the-grimier-the-better Mexican food shops.  I have yet to find any that compare, but What I did find was $12 chicken and rice burritos and fajitas.  In California, burritos are $5 and I can pretty much say with certainty that I had never come across a fajita until I moved to New York.  Oh, you want to charge me $20 for what is essentially a deconstructed burrito?  Oh sure (and really, I mean sure because I have fallen for this about a million times). Fool me once fajitas, shame on you; fool me dozens of times? Shame on me.  Really shamed over here.

So to make up for the lack of that type of cuisine, we try to recreate some of the dishes and flavors at home.  This is a version of a tostada, that is great for an easy weeknight meal.

Chicken Tostadas

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup salsa

1 teaspoon vegetable oil + 1 teaspoon for brushing

18 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1/2 head iceberg lettuce

4 yellow corn tortillas

pinch of chili powder

salt to taste

1/2 cup shredded mexican cheese

For the chicken: Place chicken breasts in a slow cooker, top with salsa; cover and cook on low for five hours

Remove chicken and shred with two forks; set aside

For the tostada shells: Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Brush both sides of tortillas with vegetable oil; place on cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle chili powder and salt over the tops

Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until they start to brown; Remove from oven

Tostada Shell

For the refried beans: Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan over medium-high heat; add beans and lime juice

With a ricer or the back of a ladle, smash the beans in the pan; allow the beans to cook for two minutes and carefully flip them and cook for an additional two minutes; set aside

Refried Black Beans

Refried Black Beans

Cut the lettuce into thin strips

Tostada lettuce

Layer the ingredients onto the tostada shells: Shell-Refried Beans-Lettuce-Chicken-Cheese

Chicken Tostada

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