Spicy Chicken Tostadas with Black Beans & Guacamole

Crispy tostada shells are layered with fresh guacamole, spicy fajita chicken, black beans and all your favorite Mexican toppings! They’re the perfect option for an easy weeknight dinner!

Simple, easy and so full of flavor too! These delicious spicy chicken tostadas are perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

Fun fact: When I was little I used to think a tostada was just a Mexican version of a mini pizza… Which now that I think about it, it kinda makes sense…right?! Either way you look at it tostadas have quickly become one of my favorite dinners to make because they’re easy, cheap, are perfect for a quick meal and hit the spot every single time! And these spicy chicken tostadas with black beans and guacamole are some of the best I’ve ever made!

How to make spicy fajita chicken

This has been my family’s go-to fajita seasoning for as long as I can remember. It’s so easy to make and is packed with so much flavor that you’ll never want to buy another fajita seasoning mix again! (Plus it’s better for you too because there’s no weird chemicals in it either!)

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • ¾tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (only use 1/4 tsp if you don’t want your seasoning too spicy)
  1. Simply mix these spices together in a jar and sprinkle it over whatever you’d like!

*This seasoning is fantastic on chicken and shrimp!

How to make a quick & easy guacamole

One of the things I love about guacamole is that you really don’t need to follow a specific recipe at all! (Most of the time we just eyeball the amounts of our ingredients.) But it’s always nice to have a good “base” recipe to start with so the one I’ve listed below is the one we use. (You can also add a little more or less of each ingredients depending on your preferences too!)

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp green onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Garlic salt, to taste

Simply mash the avocado and stir in the rest of your ingredients! (Sometimes I’ll add some chopped tomatoes too but we were already having them as a topping for our tostadas. 😉 )

How to make your own tostada shells

If you’re having tostadas then you HAVE to have a crispy shell right?! And I’ll be honest, sometimes the store bought tostada shells just don’t have quite the crispiness factor that I’m looking for. So I’ve finally perfected making my own tostada shells at home and they’re insanely goods loves! And so easy to make too!

  • Corn tortillas (DO NOT use flour tortillas for this recipe)
  • Avocado oil spray (I prefer using avocado oil because it has a higher smoking point so it can handle cooking at high temperatures without burning. But you can also use regular olive oil spray instead too!)
  • Cracked sea salt (or regular salt)
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spray your tortillas with your avocado oil spray and rub it in with your hands. Place the tortillas on the sheet and sprinkle them with sea salt.
  3. Bake your tortillas for 15-18 minutes or until they’re golden brown. (I bake mine for 16 minutes exactly.)

The tortillas might look a little underdone when they first come out but they’ll crisp up more as they cool.

*Note: Every oven is different so the cooking time might vary a little. I would start checking the tortillas around 10 minutes to decide how much longer to cook them.

Topping Ideas:

This is the really fun part in my opinion! 😉 While some people put just a few toppings on their tostadas, I love to really load them up! So here are a few of my favorite toppings to pair with these chicken tostadas!

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cotija cheese (or your favorite shredded cheese)
  • Hot sauce! (always Cholula 😉 )
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Chopped red onions

I hope you all love these spicy chicken tostadas just as much as we do! Hope you’re having the best day loves!

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Spicy Chicken Tostadas with Black Beans & Guacamole

Crispy tostada shells are layered fresh homemade guacamole, spicy shredded chicken, black beans and all your favorite taco toppings! They're the perfect option for a quick weeknight meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black beans, chipotle chicken, gluten free, guacamole, tostadas
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

For the spicy fajita chicken:

  • lbs. chicken tenders
  • 2 Tbsp fajita seasoning* (see notes for my homemade seasoning recipe)

For the guacamole:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • garlic salt, to taste

For the tostadas:

  • Tostada shells (see notes for directions on how make your own)
  • 1 15oz. black beans, drained
  • Optional toppings: lettuce, chopped tomato, cotija cheese, etc.

Instructions

To make the guacamole:

  • Mash the avocado and stir in the cilantro, green onion and lemon juice. Season it with garlic salt to taste. Set it aside while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.

To make the spicy fajita chicken:

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and and spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place your chicken tenders in a ziploc bag and season them with your fajita seasoning. Shake the bag to make sure they're completely covered and place them in your prepared dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Once done, use 2 large forks to shred them.

To make the tostadas:

  • Layer the tostada shells with your guacamole, shredded chicken, black beans and all of your favorite taco toppings!

Notes

To make your own tostadas:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spray your tortillas with avocado oil spray (or non-stick cooking spray) and rub it in with your hands. Place the tortillas on the baking sheet and sprinkle them with sea salt.
  3. Bake your tortillas for 15-18 minutes or until they’re golden brown. (I bake mine for 16 minutes exactly.)
Homemade Fajita Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
Pour all of your spices into a jar and shake to mix them together. Sprinkle anything you want with your homemade fajita seasoning!

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