Chicken Tostadas

Chicken Tostadas
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Chicken Tostadas

Denise Woodward and Laudalino Ferreira

Chicken Tostadas

My smashed (aka refried) bean recipe is simple. Lard-free. Spicy. Full of texture. I like to use pinto beans that I have cooked ahead of time and stored for a hunkering of delicious. A couple of times a month, I pick a bean, and cook up a big pot. They freeze wonderfully and can be used for recipes like this or to toss into soups and stews.

If you don’t have the time to precook a big pot of beans, feel free to use canned. I cook up some yellow onion, garlic (I used green this time), and serranos, until slightly soft. Then, I pour in the beans with their nectar. Cook, stir, cook, stir. Once the mixture is slightly thick, I start smashing with a potato smasher. I do not make the bean mixture completely smooth, I leave a lot of whole beans in there. They are texture. That is really it. So good.

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For the beans

Gently heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic, stir, and cook until soft, about 3-5 minutes, depending on the heat of your stove. Stir every so often. Add the serrano, stir, and cook for 1 minute.

Add the beans with three-fourths of the cooking liquid, reduce the heat to a simmer, stir, and cook until reduced slightly, about 5-8 minutes. Using a potato masher, gently mash. Do not overmash; leave about half of the beans whole. (A little texture is great.) Add the lime juice and season with salt, to taste. Stir and gently heat for 1 minute.  

For the tostada

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, stir, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken and the stock, stir, and gently cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and make your tostada: Smear the beans on the tortillas and add the chicken mixture on top. Top with some salsa and serve.


Calories per serving:

1,034 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 22g 33%
  • Carbs 152g 51%
  • Saturated 5g 24%
  • Fiber 34g 136%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 10g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 59g 118%
  • Cholesterol 53mg 18%
  • Sodium 737mg 31%
  • Calcium 311mg 31%
  • Magnesium 399mg 100%
  • Potassium 3,049mg 87%
  • Iron 12mg 64%
  • Zinc 6mg 42%
  • Phosphorus 1,096mg 157%
  • Vitamin A 29µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 24mg 39%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 101%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 33%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 41%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 78%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,026µg 256%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 9%
  • Vitamin K 16µg 21%
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