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Heart Tostadas with Shredded Chicken

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Why we love it:

It’s a fun Valentine’s Day recipe! If you aren’t making this in February or you don’t like hearts, by all means just use a round tortilla. If you don’t have a heart shaped cookie cutter, be sure to check out the Culinary Skills section for ideas.


  • 1 pound Chicken Breast
  • 112 cups Salsa (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt (divided)
  • 1 15-ounce can Black Beans
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 cloves Garlic (divided)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • 4 Tablespoons Canola Oil (divided)
  • 12 head Green Cabbage (or 3 cups slaw mix)
  • 12 teaspoon White Sugar
  • 12 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 14 cup Monterey Jack Cheese (shredded - or cheddar, optional, to taste)
  • 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 1 Avocado

Cooking Instructions

  • 2. CHICKEN

    Cube chicken into 1 -2” pieces and place in a small sauté pan. Add ½ cup water and 1 cup salsa and a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer and stir, then steady the heat around medium and cover. Simmer for about 12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Turn off the heat and use a fork or slotted spoon to lift the chicken out to cool in a bowl. If the remaining broth looks really watery, turn on the heat and let it boil until it reduces; you're looking for a consistency only a bit thinner than salsa itself. Turn off heat. When it’s cooled a bit, shred the chicken with your fingers or 2 forks and fold back into the salsa/sauce.

  • 3. BEANS

    Open and drain the beans and place in a small pot with a few tablespoons of water. Add the chili powder and ½ teaspoon of salt. Bring to a simmer and if desired, mash with a fork to the desired consistency.

    Mince garlic. Add ½ to the beans. Simmer beans, turning down heat until ready to serve.


    Cut a heart shape into the tortillas with a cookie cutter (or see Culinary Skills for the knife method). Use a cutter that is smaller than the tortilla, so the outer ring stays in tact too. Brush or rub the heart and the outer ring with about 1 Tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt. Line up on a baking sheet and roast, flipping halfway through, for about 6 - 8 minutes or until crispy and deeply golden.

  • 5. CABBAGE

    Shred cabbage finely.

    In a bowl, whisk together the other ½ of the minced garlic, the vinegar, a pinch of salt, the sugar, cumin and remaining 3 Tablespoons of oil. Add the cabbage and toss to coat

  • 6. SERVING

    Assemble! Plate the beans and top with a tostada, top with chicken and salsa. Garnish with cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocado to taste.

    If not showing off the heart shape, you can pile everything on top of the round tortilla, but for the hearts, we like to put the beans underneath.

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    omit sour cream or replace cheese
    you can use grilled chicken strips, or ground meat too
    you can use flour but I wouldn’t try to toast them, just make soft tacos!
    whatever you like - anything goes!

Kid Friendly Version

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How to Tweak This Recipe for Kids:

  • Meals like this are the best for kids. Which parts do they like? Let them assemble their own tostadas and adjust ingredients so there are a few new things too

For Toddlers

  • Chop up chicken and mash with beans or serve separately. Add mashed avocados. Serve with a broken up tostada or a soft corn tortilla instead

For Choosy Eaters

  • Make a cheese tortilla in between layers of the tortillas and cut that into a heart, or just top tostada with cheese and melt. You can poach the chicken with just water and stir the salsa in later for the other portions
  • Assemble with things they like or leave new bits on the side for tasting

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

  1. You can make the tostadas and store in a zip lock bag for a day. Reheat in the oven for a minute to crisp and gently warm
  2. Chicken and beans both also reheat very well
  3. Make the dressing for the cabbage but don’t toss it in as it will quickly wilt

Culinary Skills

To make a heart shape without a cutter, get a piece of scrap paper and fold it in half. Mark the diameter of the tortilla and draw on a half heart shape. Cut the paper with scissors, and use the paper stencil to trace out a heart on the tortilla.  Or just free form it! Picasso hearts are cool too.

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