Easy Black Bean & Chicken Tostadas

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Serves: 4


  • Quick tip: a grocery store rotisserie chicken brings these tostadas together quickly or you can easily poach chicken – place in a pot with cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Cool and shred.

  • For the chipotle crema:

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 1 ½ tablespoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo)

  • For the black beans:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 cans or pouches (15.5 ounces each) organic Green Valley Black Beans, drained and liquid reserved

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1–2 chipotle peppers from a can of chipotle in adobo sauce, very finely minced (approximately 2 tablespoons)

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • For the tostadas:

  • 1 lime, quartered

  • 4 crisp tostada shells

  • 2 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce

  • 1 ½ cups cooked, shredded chicken (about 8 ounces)

  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. For the chipotle crema: Whisk the sour cream, adobo sauce, squeeze of lime juice and pinch of salt until smooth. Transfer to a zip top bag and set aside.

  2. For the black beans: In a large skillet over medium-high, heat oil until shimmering.

  3. Add the black beans, cumin, salt and minced chipotle and cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Add ½ cup of reserved black bean liquid.

  5. Using a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon, mash the beans to form a chunky purée or for a smoother puree use a stick/immersion blender.

  6. If the beans seem a bit too liquid, continue cooking to dry out. If beans seem too dry, add a Tablespoon or two of additional pinto bean liquid.

  7. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

  8. To assemble: Top each tostada shell with refried black beans, lettuce and shredded chicken. Snip a corner off the sour cream bag and pipe a drizzle of cream over each tostada.

  9. Garnish with a pinch of chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.

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