Marisa’s Spicy Chicken Tostadas

Marisa's Spicy Chicken Tostadas


If there’s one nice thing about conference week for teachers, it’s that people like to feed us.

I don’t even have to do anything special.  When parents come in, they take one look at the droopy-eyed lady (wait, lady? omg.) that is their child’s teacher and they can tell I’m in need of a good meal.

So when sweet, lovely Marisa handed me a bag of still warm shredded spicy chipotle chicken with fresh salsa, chopped lettuce, and crispy tortillas, I was really. really. really. excited. 

This meant I didn’t have to make dinner.

And I didn’t have to eat a frozen pizza this week (but I still might anyways because I kind of love frozen pizza).

This also meant my spicy tastebuds got some lovin.

Let’s talk spicy.  I’ve made spicy food a few times.  Then Marisa made me spicy food and I realized that I’ve really never made anything even close to spicy.  Poor Bjork ate the first tostada that I assembled – complete with a generous scoop of salsa over the top.  Woopsies. Keep the milk handy for this one, friends.

Red lipstick?  Don’t need it.  My lips had a nice natural bright red glow to them after inhaling two three four of these.

PS.  Don’t be fooled for one second by that fork.  This is a down n’ dirty eat with your hands kinda meal and Marisa and me – my new BFF – wouldn’t have it any other way.

Marisa's Spicy Chicken Tostadas

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Marisa's Spicy Chicken Tostadas
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  • 1 whole chicken (could sub pulled rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 bottle chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 8 medium tomatoes, very ripe
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • lettuce, queso, crema, and tostadas
  1. Boil the whole chicken with 1 coarsely chopped onion and 1 clove chopped garlic. When cooked through, shred chicken and set aside.
  2. Wash whole tomatoes and place them in a pan on the stove (no water, no oil). Heat them until the skins get roasted and the insides are soft, turning them frequently.
  3. Put tomatoes, chipotles, and 1 clove garlic in the blender. Salt to taste and a little bit of water. Puree until smooth or to the consistency that you like.
  4. Cut the other onion into large chunks or long, skinny strips. Saute the onion in a large pan with a little oil until translucent. Add tomato mixture and bring to a boil. Add shredded chicken and heat through.
  5. Assemble tostadas with chicken mixture, queso, crema, salsa, and lettuce. Enjoy!

No matter how much I love my students and their families (which I do, a lot), I don’t love being at school from 8am-9pm.

I hereby make it Friday for the rest of my life.

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  1. Yum! I love spicy chicken :)

  2. I love spicy so much and these look so delicious! Conference week must be completely exhausting but I’m glad you get treats like this to make it bearable!

  3. I may have to give a hint at conferences for food. My 1/2 a peanut butter sandwich and pretzel M&M’s didn’t cut it! What a nice gesture for a long day! I hope your conferences go well. I have one night down and one more to go next week! Best to you!

  4. Damn– I never get food like this from my students!! Looks amazing!

  5. Love the simplicity of this dish! It looks amazing! Tostadas are quick and easy, great for a weeknight :)
    PS – I bet you are the best teacher!

  6. Soo @ Little Miss Fitness says:

    Whoa! This looks amazing…and hot! I love the lip burning spicy. It’s so different from the mild casseroles I grew up with. :)

  7. blog is the new black says:

    I think I have all the ingredients to make these! DELISH!

  8. Note to myself: So THIS is what a good tostada looks like?! ;)

  9. How sweet is that!!! Wow!

  10. YUM! I love tostadas. Or just Mexican food in general. It looks delish! I am doing better with spicy things now. I made a chili last night, which I thought to be too spicy and my husband was like…. meh! But he has worked at a Mexican restaurant, so I guess he doesn’t count… (:

    Gonna give this a try soon! Happy weekend (:

  11. This looks absolutely delicious! When I have kids some day, I’ll totally feed their teachers :)

  12. Ah the perks of being a teacher! This meal beats frozen pizza any day!

  13. Thank you!!!

  14. Man, I think I miss out on all the good parts of teaching because I teach high school. Parents don’t seem to worry about my food and coffee intake…or their kids’ grades. I maybe should have rethought that grade level choice. This looks fantastic!

  15. I love this. I’ve featured it in this weeks inspiring recipes post here pop over sometime and take a look.

  16. Carissa Trujillo says:

    Thnaks for this recipe! My husband is hispanic and it’s hard to please him with authentic tasting mexican food, and he LOVED this! He’s requested it at least once a month :) Thank you again for sharing. It was so yummy.

  17. Made these this weekend and OMG they were amazing!! We ended up added about 1/2 cup water and salt to taste at the end to the pot of chicken & tomato mixture to cut the spice, but they turned out great. Thank you for the recipe!

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