Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chipotle Chicken Tostadas

Ok so... seriously?

With this heat?

I can't even even.

I have no idea how Mr. Vittles works outside on days like this.  Although he must be a glutton for punishment because he just got home from work... and decided to go for a run.

Isn't that what everyone does when it's 96 degrees out?

But hey, the longer he's out of the house the longer I have to finish watching last night's episode of the Bachelorette on the DVR.

Er... I mean... who watches that garbage?

As you can probably imagine, Mr. V is not a fan of the show. 

I know he's right, it's hardly 'reality' and the couples never even stay together.  But that doesn't stop me from watching every silly episode of every silly season.

I just have to do it by myself.

Similarly, my husband's surprising distaste for these tostadas probably will not dissuade me from making them again. 

For myself.

He thought the chipotle was too much, I thought it was absolutely delicious.  But he also prefers more Americanized Mexican dishes and while I love me some sour cream and loads of shredded cheese, these were good in a totally different way.

Ah well.  We can't like all the same things.

Chipotle Chicken Tostadas

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken (about 2 breasts)
  • 2 small yellow onions, divided
  • 1/2 C. + 1 C. diced fire-roasted tomatoes in a can (14.5 oz), drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, divided
  • 1/2 one 7-oz. can chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 1 t. salt
  • 8 prepared tostada shells
  • queso fresco, for sprinkling (I used feta)

Cut one of the small onions in half.  Place one half in the bottom of a medium stockpot, and add 3 C. water, 1 t. salt, 1.2 t. minced garlic (or 1 garlic clove, cut in half) and chicken breasts.  Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Simmer 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken, but reserve stock for later.  Cool the chicken and shred.

In a blender, combine other half of onion, 1/2 C. fire-roasted diced tomatoes, chipotle chiles, and another 1/2 t. garlic.  Add 1/2 C. reserved chicken stock, and blend until smooth.  Set aside chipotle sauce.

Dice remaining onion.  In a large saucepan/skillet, heat 2 T. canola oil over medium heat.   Add onions and saute about 5 minutes until translucent.  Reduce heat if necessary, and add remainder of drained tomatoes.  Saute 5 minutes over medium-low.

Add shredded chicken and chipotle sauce, and increase temperature enough to bring to a boil.   Then reduce heat back to medium-low and cook 7-10 minutes until most of liquid is absorbed.

Serve on tostada shells with sprinkled queso fresco.  Serves 4 (2 tostadas each).

Recipe Adapted form Muy Bueno Cookbook


  1. I'm beginning to wonder if chipotle is a female-love, male-hate thing... I can't get enough and my sons won't even try it anymore! These Tostadas sound great to me:@)

  2. I like these tostadas-very tasty. I would definitely need to offset that spice with some sour cream though. Chipotle is my once in a while thing.

  3. I have never seen and episode of The Bachelorette but next season I am definitely going to, lol--everyone is talking about it and I feel left out!

    Your toastadas look delicious! :)

  4. Your Mr. V sounds just like my hubs. Straight from work to running AND he doesn't like tostada...but I do! Nice recipe!

  5. Oh my goodness, your cracking me up! How I used to stay up late with the bachelor after my husband and daughter went to bed, and reminded me how thankful I am to have some normalcy in my life. Good times....Good times.

    However, the tostadas look and sound so fresh and light. Not to much stuff to over power the ingredients. Love it!

  6. Another great dinner idea. Yummy! You crack me up. I am a fan of reality tv garbage. Any program with WIVES in the title and I am sold. Not to often I admit this. Haha!

  7. Great recipe! Love tostadas! They are great for summer!

  8. Chipotle rules!! Since you fessed up I will too, I try not to miss Keeping up With the Kardashians.

  9. @Pretend Chef I'm the same way!! I'm all over the Real Housewives!

  10. Handsome loves himself some chipotle so this is a must try - and he is my personal trainer... somedays whether I want it or not. >.> It is amazing that he can work all day out in the heat and want to come home and get the bikes out! It always makes me feel bad because my job is much less labor intensive.

  11. These look amazing! I totally have corn tortillas and should make these taco style. Or learn how to make tostada shells out of plain tortillas.

  12. I'm a reality tv whore myself... real housewives are my guilty pleasure! :)
    Love the tostadas!!

  13. I'm with ya, The Bachelor and Bachelorette are a secret obsession of mine... lol!! And this recipe... DANG! I'm in love, will DEFINITELY be trying these!

  14. Can't honestly say I like the Bacherlorette, but I'm alongside you loving these tostadas - for sure! Love chipotle! Thanks for sharing a great recipe :)

  15. I love the addition of chipotle in everything they add nice flavor to them. thanks for sharing Hearth and soul blog hop.


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