JUL
31

Easy Chicken and Bean Tostadas

Appetizers and Snacks, Beans and Legumes, Mexican, Poultry | no comments

I like to keep my pantry well stocked with lots of canned beans because they’re one of my favorite pantry staples and go-to ingredients for quick, inexpensive meals.

Beans are perfect when you have a small amount of leftover meal that you’d like to stretch a little a little further, which is exactly what I did in these Easy Chicken and Bean Tostadas.

 

Easy Chicken Tostadas

I’ve recently been experimenting with more than just your traditional culinary beans in some of my recipes. I have been a big fan of Bush’s Culinary Beans for years, because I honestly don’t think there is a better canned bean for out there for your recipes. Bush’s also have great varieties of other bean options, such as Chili Beans, Baked Beans, and more.

In this recipe, a simple chicken Tostada gets a make over with these Bush’s® Bold & Spicy Baked Beans. These Easy Chicken and Bean Tostadas are super simple to throw together and they’re perfect for lunch or a quick dinner thanks to the help of Bush’s Beans.

Easy Chicken Tostadas

These Bush’s® Bold & Spicy Baked Beans have a hint of  spice thanks to the seasonings of cilantro and cumin that are paired with bacon and brown sugar, making them a fun addition to these Chicken Tostadas.

Toasted flour tortillas are topped with your favorite guacamole or even just smashed avocado, lettuce and cilantro, shredded chicken, and Bush’s® Bold & Spicy Baked Beans.

You can garnish them however you’d like, but I chose to add sliced green onion, diced red pepper and sour cream on top of mine. Other topping options might include sliced jalapeños, shredded cheese, sautéed onions, olives, or really anything else that you have on hand!

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Easy Chicken Tostada

Yield: 8 tostadas

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Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
8 small Flour Tortillas
2 cups Guacamole or Mashed Avocados
2 cups Shredded Lettuce, such as Romaine or Iceberg
2 tablespoons finely chopped Cilantro
3 cups Shredded Chicken, cooked and warm
1 can Bush's® Bold & Spicy Baked Beans
1/3 cup Salsa Verde

Garnish:
Diced Red Bell Peppers
Sliced Green Onion
Sour Cream
2 limes, cut into Lime Wedges
salt and pepper, if desired

Directions:

To prepare the tortillas:

Heat a skillet or late griddle (a grill works well too) to medium heat. Brush each side of the tortillas with olive oil and cook until crispy and toasted, about 1 minute per side. Set aside.

To prepare the toppings:

Combine the lettuce and cilantro. Set aside. Add the beans to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until hot, turn heat to low and simmer until you assemble the tostadas.

To Assemble:

Layer the ingredients in order: guacamole, lettuce mixture, chicken, beans, salsa, and your desired garnishes, making sure to divide the ingredients evenly between the eight tortillas. Serve each with a wedge or two of lime for squeezing on top. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.

Notes:

Leftover grilled chicken or rotissere chicken works great in this recipe. Shredded Tex-Mex Crock-Pot Chicken also works well if you have that on hand. This recipe is great for making a big batch of and storing in the freezer.


This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans. All opinions are my own.

JUL
28

No Bake Mango Lime Cheesecake with Fruit Salsa

Dessert, Fruit Desserts, Puddings and Custards, Seasonal Recipes, Summer Recipes | 2 comments

No Bake Mango Lime Cheesecake

When my friend Becca and I made the Strawberry Mango Salsa a few weeks ago, we did so with the intention of also using it as a topping for a new dessert – No Bake Mango Lime Cheesecake. One of my favorite, easy summertime dessert recipes that I have shared here on GoodLife Eats is [...]

JUL
24

School Nutrition Association ANC 2015 Recap

Lunch | no comments

SNA conference Exhibit Hall

I recently had the opportunity to attend the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference in Salt Lake City. Prior to attending this conference, school lunch is not something that I really knew a lot about. Due to Logan’s peanut allergy and history of picky eating, he has always felt more comfortable bringing lunch from home. [...]

JUL
13

Hosting a Cheese Party & DIY Wine Cork Charms

Appetizers and Snacks, Entertaining | no comments

cheese tasting party

Hosting a cheese tasting party is so much fun! It’s a great alternative to a dinner party if you’re looking to do something a little different that still involves food but not worry about cooking and it’s also a great excuse to eat cheese (YUM). I’ve had a couple of cheese tasting parties this year [...]

JUL
08

3 Simple Salad Dressing Recipes

Kitchen Tips & Tricks, Sauces, Side Salads | no comments

3 Simple Salad Dressings

Salad dressing is so simple to make at home. It only takes a few minutes to combine the ingredients needed for a delicious dressing that will elevate any salad. These 3 Simple Salad Dressings are so easy that you can commit them to memory and whip them up in a matter of minutes. Your salads [...]

JUL
02

Caramelized Onion Bacon Blue Cheese Dip

Appetizers and Snacks | 1 comment

Caramelized Onion Bacon Blue Cheese Dip

This post is sponsored by Cape Cod® Potato Chips, but all opinions are my own. I had this awesome bag of Cape Cod® Potato Chips staring me in the face. They’re great served on their own but I really wanted to pair them with a dip. I had the idea in my head that I [...]