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Main Dish | May 4, 2017

Family Style Chicken Tostadas

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and avoid spending a small fortune eating out? Gather everyone in the kitchen and get the fiesta started making Family Style Chicken Tostadas!

Family Style Chicken Tostadas

5 reasons you’re going to love ABK’s recipe for Family Style Chicken Tostadas:

1. Instant Pot Strikes again

-The chicken is cooked using the  Instant Pot ! I’ve also included other methods of cooking the chicken (in case you don’t have an Instant Pot)  in the recipe notes. If you have an Instant Pot, you are going to love this recipe! I threw the chicken into the Instant Pot COMPLETELY FROZEN, set the timer for 12 minutes, let the pot naturally release the pressure and just like that, fork tender chicken. Unbelievable. Complete instructions on how to cook frozen chicken in the IP on this post.  If you don’t have the IP yet, you need to get one, I promise it’s the best $78.27 you’ll ever spend. Take a look at this post if you’re still wondering why you need the Instant Pot,  and for links to some of our favorite Instant Pot recipes.

Family Style Chicken Tostadas

2. Something for everyone!

-Everyone in the family  will love this recipe –  it can be made without meat for vegetarians in your home. Gluten free? Family Style Chicken Tostadas are made with mini corn tortillas! Make sure to read labels when choosing the beans for the refried bean portion of the meal. If your people aren’t tostada fans, they can create a salad and top it with guac. No one will be reaching for cereal during this meal.

Family Style Chicken Tostadas

3. Helping hands

-Family Style Chicken Tostadas is a recipe everyone can get involved and help prepare.  Even the littles can grate cheese, wash the veggies and tear the cilantro off of the stems. If you’re going it alone,  it will take a few extra minutes to chop and prepare everything needed for this meal, but no more than  about 20 minutes. I prepare the chopped portion of the meal while the chicken and beans are cooking!

Family Style Chicken Tostadas

4. Celebrate without going broke

-Kids love to celebrate fun holidays like Cinco de Mayo and cooking at home is the perfect way to allow the whole family to celebrate without breaking the bank! Research shows that even for costly meals,  servings are rarely more than $5 per person at home. I can’t remember the last time I saw anything at a sit down restaurant for $5 per person…

Family Style Chicken Tostadas

5. Cook a meal. Create a memory

-When you cook a meal together as a family, you also create a memory! This has been my mantra, motto, tag line forever. It’s true. My kids will tell you over and over again about their best memories in the kitchen, and the traditions we have created around cooking and food. If there is good food, people remember a good time.

Game plan

Now that you’re convinced to gather your family and friends for Cinco de Mayo, here’s the plan:

  • Turn the radio to your favorite Latino station or ask Alexa to play a Latin dinner party mix.
  • Cook the chicken using IP, slow cooker, or oven.
  • Start the beans on the stove.
  • Gather family and friends, make guac, chop the veggies place in bowls or cups or arrange on a big cookie sheet or platter. Grill or fry the tortillas.
  • Place the chicken in a large bowl. Spoon the beans into a bowl.
  • Don’t forget the chips and salsa!
  • Serve with a big pitcher of Fruit Filled Virgin Sangria or bottled Jarritos (found at most grocery stores in the ethnic food aisle).


5 from 5 votes

Family Style Chicken Tostadas

Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 4-5 chicken breast halves skinless, boneless
  • salt pepper
  • 1 cup green chile salsa any brand
  • 2 fresh limes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 16 oz cans pinto beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper 1/2 teaspoon each or to taste
  • 1 lb grated cheese Monterey Jack or Colby Jack
  • 4 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro rough chopped
  • 1 red or other onion chopped
  • lettuce 1/2 head, chopped
  • 2-3 ripe avocados
  • garlic salt
  • 2-3 limes cut into quarters for buffet
  • sour cream
  • 1-2 packages “Street Tacos” 4.5 inch 24 per package


  1. If using an Instant Pot, Place the frozen or thawed chicken breasts into the IP. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour 1 cup of green chile salsa over the chicken. Place the lid on the pot, lock into place and set time for 12 minutes. When the timer goes off and the chicken is finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 10-15 minutes, then remove lid.
  3. When the pressure has released, remove the lid and shred the chicken with two forks. Squeeze the juice of two fresh limes over the chicken and add about 1-2 tablespoons of honey to the chicken. Fold chicken gently with the liquid (including lime and honey) in the pot. Set aside and keep the chicken mixture warm until ready to serve. See recipe notes alternative cooking instructions for chicken.
  4. While chicken is cooking, make the refried beans.
  5. Place two tablespoons of olive oil into a saucepan over medium low heat.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, be careful to not burn garlic.
  7. Add two cans of pinto beans, undrained, to the garlic mixture. Add chili powder, coriander, cumin salt and pepper to the beans. Mix well.
  8. Cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
  9. Using a potato masher, smash the beans until fairly smooth while cooking. As the beans cook, they will thicken and will continue to thicken as they cool.
  10. Remove beans from heat, place in a bowl or keep warm until ready to serve.
  11. Prepare the remaining ingredients by chopping and placing in bowls. To make the guac, peel and smash the avocados and place in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the avocados, add a bit of garlic salt and mash until desired consistency. Place in bowl.
  12. When ready to serve, arrange on a counter or table, turn on griddle and heat to 350 degrees.
  13. Spray griddle with cooking oil after griddle is heated and cook tortillas on each side for about 1-2 minutes. If you like your tortillas crispy, fry the tortillas in a little canola oil in a frying pan until golden, flip and cook on opposite side and drain on paper towels after removing from grease.
  14. Stack tortillas on a plate until ready to use.
  15. When ready to assemble, let each person make their own tostadas by spreading with beans, meat, and any other desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

-If you do not have an Instant Pot, you may use a slow cooker. Place the chicken in the slow cooker fresh or frozen with about 2 cups of salsa. Season as directed. Cook on low for about 4 hours. When the chicken is done add the lime and honey as directed. Keep warm until ready to serve.-This recipe is easily adaptable to your like and dislikes. Add or omit any of the topping ingredients.

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  1. If I double the recipe, do I need to adjust the IP time? Also, can I use a regular pressure cooker (not instand pot brand) and follow the same instructions? Thanks for all your great recipes. Haven’t found one I don’t LOVE. Thanks!

  2. If I double the recipe, do I need to adjust the cooking time in the IP? Also, can I use another brand of pressure cooker instead of the IP? Thanks for the great recipes. I haven’t tried a recipe that I don’t love!

    1. Sara,
      If you double the recipe, make sure you don’t fill the IP too full. For safety reasons, all grain and legume recipes (including their cooking liquid) should not fill your pressure cooker more than half-way; all other recipes no more than 2/3 full. I have only cooked using the Instant Pot. You may have to adjust the time with a different brand. Please let me know how you like the Tostadas!
      Thanks for reading ABK.

  3. 5 stars
    I am needing to switch things up for dinner time so I came to your website. I have heard amazing things. This was my first recipe to try. They were sooo good. We loved them. I just did the chicken in the crockpot and it was great! Thanks. Can’t wait to make more.

    1. You’re welcome Laura, and I’m glad you found ABK! I love recipes like this that are easy to make and something the whole family will love. Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK,

      1. Let me start by saying I love all your recipes!! I used frozen chicken breasts as noted and was worried the cook time might be too short…it was. 1st pas they were raw. does the cooking time need to be adjusted? I used high pressure/natural release. thanks!

        1. Hi Liz, did you cook for 12 minutes on the manual setting? If you did, try cooking for 14-15 minutes. Let me know how it turns out and thanks for asking!

  4. 5 stars
    I used the crockpot for this and it was so easy to throw together after a busy day! Thanks for making your food so delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    I bought tostadas at the store and decided we would try them this week. We were NOT disappointed. I’ve made green chili salsa chicken dishes in the past – this recipe just took it to the next level. I used black beans instead of pinto and seriously – this was so good. Thank you for this recipe! It has been saved!!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this about a month ago and it is now in our regular rotation. Making it again this week. Quick, easy and tasty. The best kind of week-night meal for a busy family.

  7. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite go to recipes!! It always tastes so fresh, is fairly simple to make and has delicious flavor that everyone in my family can enjoy! So thankful for all the helpful tips and tricks! A crowd favorite at our house and a constant on our meal plans!