Happy Tuesday friends! Today’s “Tasting” is one of my favorite lunches ever. It’s fresh and crunchy and citrus-y and salty…and satisfies my all-to-frequent Mexican food cravings in a relatively healthy way (and no,the cravings aren’t pregnancy-related…I get them all the time.) I make these baja chicken tostadas by layering refried black beans, lime-marinated slaw, shredded chicken and a touch of cilantro, but they’re also great with some avocado or pico de gallo thrown on, too. For summertime parties, I like to set up a tostada bar with all the toppings – beans, grilled corn, slaw, cherry tomatoes, guacamole, chicken, shredded cheese – and let guests build their own! Keep reading for more images and the recipe.

Baja Chicken Tostadas

*serves 4


  • 8 crispy tostada shells
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1 can refried black beans
  • 2 cups shredded roast chicken
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, stems removed
  • lime wedges


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey and oil. In a medium bowl, toss together cabbage, carrots and lime juice mixture. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. Warm black beans in a saucepan set over medium-low. I sometimes add a tablespoon of water to thin them out a bit.
  3. On each tostada shell, spread a thin layer of refried black beans, then top with marinated slaw and 1/4 cup chicken. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, and serve each with hot sauce and lime wedges.

*photos by Camille

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    desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | July 17, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Yummmmm! I can live off of Mexican food! It’s me absolute favorite!

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    Sal | July 17, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Yummy Yummy! I always look forward to your Tuesday tastings! Today on the blog I’ve featured a summer to do list and your blackberry lemon fizzes have made the cut =)


    xo Sal

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    Julia @ life on churchill | July 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

    my husband would love this. looks easy too!

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    Mia (Savor Everyday) | July 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Love the cinemagram!
    I love making Mexican food too – I find that homemade is often healthier and lighter than the cheese-laden restaurant versions! I make mine sans chicken, but with sweet red/yellow/green peppers, a hefty portion of guacamole and a little dusting of cotija cheese on top. Never had it with cabbage slaw though… must try it this week!

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    ANH Style | July 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I am such a slaw-fan- I will have to try this one!

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    Amy - While Wearing Heels | July 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I just made this for dinner and all I can say is YUM. Not only was it easy to make it was also delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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    Debra | July 27, 2012 at 10:12 am


    • Debra | July 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

      also the stacking photo at the top is super cool

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    marien | August 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I have to! I love Mexican food and it looks great

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    CarolAnn | November 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    In Love with these tasty Tostadas!

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