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an easy, insanely delicious dinner idea for any weeknight. shredded chicken, creamy refried black beans, crispy tostada shells, and melty cheese make the ultimate tex-mex dinner idea! crunchy chicken tostada stacks | a flavor journal food blog

an easy stacked tostada recipe

Crunchy chicken tostada stacks are a new favorite around here.  They’re insanely easy to make, they’re delicious, and you can make them to fit your exact tastes.  I like mine with some spicy black beans, melty cheese, and hot salsa. 🙂

an easy, insanely delicious dinner idea for any weeknight. shredded chicken, creamy refried black beans, crispy tostada shells, and melty cheese make the ultimate tex-mex dinner idea! crunchy chicken tostada stacks | a flavor journal food blog

Another bonus in this recipe is the use of leftover rotisserie chicken.  It’s so easy to grab a rotisserie chicken on the way home from work, but sometimes I run out of ideas for it by the end of the week.  🙁 Luckily, these crunchy chicken tostada stacks are now an instant shoe-in for my wheelhouse of rotisserie chicken recipes!

Two more of my favorite rotisserie chicken recipes are the ever-popular buffalo chicken sliders, and these shredded chicken caesar lettuce wraps.  They’re both super delicious, and way different than these crunchy chicken tostada stacks.  If you need some variety in your weeknight dinners, keep these guys in mind for future use. 🙂 

an easy, insanely delicious dinner idea for any weeknight. shredded chicken, creamy refried black beans, crispy tostada shells, and melty cheese make the ultimate tex-mex dinner idea! crunchy chicken tostada stacks | a flavor journal food blog

I use local, spicy salsa in my chicken mix for these tostadas.  I highly recommend using your favorite salsa, green chiles, or even fresh tomatoes or pico de gallo if you like!  It’s totally up to you – the recipe stays the same, but your favorite flavors make it yours!

an easy, insanely delicious dinner idea for any weeknight. shredded chicken, creamy refried black beans, crispy tostada shells, and melty cheese make the ultimate tex-mex dinner idea! crunchy chicken tostada stacks | a flavor journal food blog

Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you get the chance to make this recipe!  I love seeing what everyone is making!  Also, reach out to me via email with any questions you may have.  I’m more than happy to help you through anything!

an easy, insanely delicious dinner idea for any weeknight. shredded chicken, creamy refried black beans, crispy tostada shells, and melty cheese make the ultimate tex-mex dinner idea! crunchy chicken tostada stacks | a flavor journal food blog

And there are no wine pairings with this one, because I would rather sip on a couple of skinny margaritas instead. 🙂  Or maybe some blueberry cilantro margaritas!  I also have a paloma recipe coming your way tomorrow, so that’s another perfect cocktail option!

~    Sara

an easy, insanely delicious dinner idea for any weeknight. shredded chicken, creamy refried black beans, crispy tostada shells, and melty cheese make the ultimate tex-mex dinner idea! crunchy chicken tostada stacks | a flavor journal food blog
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5 from 11 votes

crunchy chicken tostada stacks

an easy, insanely delicious dinner idea for any weeknight. shredded chicken, creamy refried black beans, crispy tostada shells, and melty cheese make the ultimate tex-mex dinner idea!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken tostada stack recipe
Servings: 2 tostada stacks
Calories: 562kcal
Author: sara a.

Equipment

  • baking sheet
  • large sauce pan

Ingredients

For Creamy Black Beans:

  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 15.5 ounce can refried black beans
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne optional
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce optional

For Two Chicken Tostada Stacks:

  • 4 tostada shells
  • 2/3 cup creamy black beans
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup salsa your favorite
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • mashed avocado, cilantro, salsa, sour cream for toppings / garnish

Instructions

For Creamy Black Beans:

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened and very fragrant. Add refried black beans, and stir to mix into the butter, onions and garlic.
  • Once the beans are soft and creamy, stir in cumin and cayenne (optional). Stir in sour cream until fully blended, and stir in hot sauce (if using). Turn off the heat. Set aside.

For Chicken Tostada Stacks:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  • In a large bowl, combine shredded rotisserie chicken with salsa. Set aside.
  • Lay out four tostada shells. Spread about three tablespoons of creamy black beans over each shell, covering the entire surface.
  • Top the creamy black beans with 1/3 cup of chicken. Spread the chicken out to cover the surface of the tostada, as well.
  • Divide the cheese over the tostadas. (add more if you like!)
  • Stack one shell directly on top of another, and repeat with other shells. This will create two chicken tostada stacks.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, then switch to broil. Broil for about 2 minutes until cheese is bubbly and browned.
  • Remove from the oven, and garnish with desired toppings! I love guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, salsa ... but top with whatever you love the most!

Nutrition

Calories: 562kcal
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  1. Reply

    These tostadas look like a perfect weeknight dinner, and since they are customizable, everyone can get in on the act. Delicious!

    1. Reply

      5 stars
      Thank you, Colleen! I love dinners that are customizable … it’s such a win for everyone. And when you have so many easy ingredients, it doesn’t take an entire evening of just prepping!

  2. That chicken tostada stack looks incredibly delicious! We love crunchy, tasty, spicy, and this would be a great addition to our roaster of recipes.

    1. Reply

      Yes! We love all of those things, too! I really hope you try this one out soon – it’s such an easy go-to recipe!

  3. Reply

    These stacks are the perfect weeknight meal for when I’m tired after work and want something that’s easy and delicious!

    1. Reply

      Exactly! Rotisserie chicken is a LIFESAVER for those nights … and having easy AND delicious recipes in the rotation is such a win!

  4. Reply

    5 stars
    YUM! I love tostadas so your delicious chicken version is going on my must make list! Hubby loves tostadas too so I’m sure he’s going to adore this recipe just as much as I am.

    1. Reply

      Thank you SO much, Elaine! I really hope you both enjoy it as much as we do!! <3

    • Marisa F. Stewart
    • June 6, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    This is just the type of lunch we enjoy having. I can see me making up tostados whenever our kids and grandkids stop by. A quick and easy meal you can whip up in no time. We pick up rotisserie chicken often at the store. We’ll have to save some of the meat for the tostados.

    1. Reply

      I hope you get to save some chicken for these soon, Marisa! They’re so perfect for whipping up for the kids and grandkids!

  5. 5 stars
    I love the idea of stacking the tostadas – such a pretty plate! Loving all the flavors – look forward to trying these for sure!

  6. Reply

    5 stars
    This is a great weeknight meal! I never think to make tostadas, but I can’t wait to add this to the meal plan rotation.

    • Saima
    • June 8, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    I love these 25 minute chicken tostadas! Love the flavors and textures going on here -crunchy, spicy, all-melty with that cheese, yum! Your pictures are inspiring me to make this recipe.

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Saima! I appreciate such an awesome compliment! <3

  7. Reply

    5 stars
    This is such a great way to use up chicken, and I love that the tostadas are stacked, yum!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Anne! I LOVE having creating ways to use leftover chicken! Especially when they’re easy, too!

  8. I love tex-mex and easy weeknight dishes, and these tostadas look like just the thing for this week’s menu. Can’t wait to try these.

    • Bianca
    • March 21, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    What a great recipe I changed it up just a bit by adding taco seasoning to the beans, spanish rice on top of the beans and chicken and queso for the cheese.OMG my dining room turned into an authentic mexican restaurant. So good! Thank you!

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you liked the recipe, Bianca! I LOVE that you added the seasoning to the beans – and the rice and queso sound AMAZING! I have to try your version!

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