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Tostadas de Pollo

How to Make Tostadas de Pollo

Tostadas de Pollo are a Mexican dish featuring shredded or diced chicken as the primary topping on crispy fried or baked tortillas.

Rooted in Mexican cuisine, Tostadas de Pollo highlight tender and seasoned chicken, often cooked with a variety of spices and herbs to enhance its flavor. The chicken is typically simmered, boiled, or grilled until cooked through, then shredded or diced to be used as the topping for the tostadas.

The crispy tortillas serve as a base for the chicken, providing a satisfying crunch. Toppings for Tostadas de Pollo commonly include refried beans, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, salsa, avocado slices, crumbled cheese, and a drizzle of crema or Mexican-style sour cream. These toppings contribute to a medley of textures and flavors, complementing the savory chicken.

Tostadas de Pollo offer a delightful combination of crispy textures from the tortilla and tender, well-seasoned chicken, showcasing the versatility and appeal of Mexican flavors in a handheld dish.

Key Takeaways

  • For Whom: Perfect for those who crave the bold flavors of Mexican street food.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in approximately 30 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: A protein-packed dish with a mix of fresh vegetables for added vitamins.

About This Recipe

Tostadas de Pollo are a versatile and customizable dish featuring shredded chicken, crisp tortillas, and a medley of fresh toppings. This recipe is a celebration of Mexican street food, combining savory, spicy, and tangy elements in every bite.

Equipment Required

  1. Skillet
  2. Mixing bowl
  3. Tongs
  4. Baking sheet


For the Chicken:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tostadas:

  • Corn tostadas (store-bought or homemade)
  • Refried beans
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced radishes
  • Avocado slices
  • Queso fresco (Mexican crumbly cheese)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Salsa:

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Season chicken breasts with cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook chicken until fully cooked and shred using two forks.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place corn tostadas on a baking sheet and warm in the oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Spread a layer of refried beans on each tostada.
  4. Top with shredded chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, avocado slices, queso fresco, and cilantro.


  1. In a bowl, combine diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix well and spoon over the tostadas.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Black beans

Storage Options

Tostadas de Pollo are best enjoyed immediately to maintain the crispiness of the tostadas. Store components separately and assemble just before serving for the best texture.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Chicken: Swap for shredded beef or pork.
  • Queso Fresco: Feta cheese can be a substitute.

Alternatives to This Meal

For a seafood twist, replace the chicken with grilled shrimp and add a squeeze of lime for a zesty kick.


Tostadas de Pollo bring the vibrant flavors of Mexico to your table. Whether enjoyed as a quick meal or a festive gathering, these tostadas are a celebration of delicious, fresh ingredients and the bold culinary traditions of Mexico. ¡Buen provecho!