Budget-Friendly Chicken Tostadas

These chicken tostadas are a delicious dish that won’t break the bank. Save time by buying a rotisserie chicken, which you can often find on sale at a warehouse club.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tostada

  • Calories 280
  • Carbohydrate 20 g
  • Protein 27 g
  • Fat 10.0 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5 g
  • Sugars 1 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4 g
  • Cholesterol 65 mg
  • Sodium 225 mg
  • Potassium 460 mg

This Recipe Serves 4


2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
3 tablespoons salsa
½ cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
4 tablespoons reduced-fat, shredded cheddar cheese
4 tostada shells
½ avocado, mashed
1 cup lettuce, shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the chicken, salsa, and pinto beans.
  2. Place the tostada shells on a baking sheet. Top each tostada shell with ½ cup chicken-bean mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  3. Remove the tostadas from the oven and top each tostada with a spoonful of mashed avocado and ¼ cup lettuce.

Side Suggestion: Heat up some frozen peppers and onions by lightly sautéing on the stove. You could also add some cumin and chili powder to up the flavor of this veggie side dish.

MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE: Confirm all ingredients are gluten-free and this recipe can be made gluten-free.

Recipe Cost: $6.25

Photo: Chicken Tostadas. PNC Photography, Photographer: Peter Papoulakos.

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