BBQ Pulled Chicken Tostadas with Cole Slaw

Doozy-ville Central Town Tostadapalooza of 2012.

That’s pretty much what we have on our hands here, folks.

Minus the keg stands. Ew.

Look, the weekend is upon us, and you have important things to do I’m sure, like play with your kids, watch a football game, wash the cars, fertilize the yards, being all fallish and sickeningly adorable, ugh.



I have important things to do too! Very important, like ignore mowing my lawn so that I can search the interwebz for a stylish kindle cover, and continue to obsess over 13 zillion different shades of potential fall hair colors whilst harassing my friends with 297 gazillion different pinterest links to help me decide:

“omg bangs or no bangs?”

“will I look jank?”

“but my forehead is weird.”

“okay so yay or nay on the ombre?”

“super dark or caramely or streaky or stay blonde or what do you think omg?”

“this is happening in like TEN DAYS and I already can’t feel my face.”


I’m not overwhelming at all.

Have I ever told you how Crock Pots were invented? Oh, oh. Saddle up.

Something like 18 or 100 moons ago, the executives were sitting around a huge table filled with dirty ashtrays and jet black coffee, scribbling ferociously on tattered notebooks, when one dude looked up over this thick black-framed glasses (I think his name was Geoffrey), dropped his pencil, letting the cigarette fall out of his mouth and onto the floor, “I’ve got it. Listen, listen, listen. Okay, Bev is going to need all kinds of time to freak out about her new fall hair color and whether or not she would look good with dramatic bangs. She’s gonna need the time, I tell you! We have to come up with a pot that she can dump a bunch of stuff in, set it on a low heat, walk away from it for hours so that she can concentrate on these vital perplexities in life, come BACK to it hours later and dinner. is. done. We’ll call it . . . the Crock Pot.”

“Why would we call it the Crock Pot?”

“Because if we call it the Crack Pot she’ll be onto us.”


Bottom line: Your mouth is seriously in for it. IN FOR IT.

And PS: that cole slaw has Greek yogurt in it. Oh yes she doooooooo.

I guess I should wash my car too.

BBQ Pulled Chicken Tostadas with Cole Slaw:

What it took for 6:

for the bbq chicken:

* 6 chicken thighs and 2 chicken breasts (about 2.5 pounds)
* 1/2 onion, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
* 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
* 3 Tbs cider vinegar
* 2 Tbs. honey
* 1 Tbs. tomato paste
* 1 Tbs. smoked paprika
* 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
* 2 tsp dry mustard
* 1 tsp chili powder
* 1 Tbs. brown sugar
* 1 jalapeno pepper, minced

for the slaw:

* 1/2 head green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
* 1/2 head purple cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
* 2 carrots, sliced into ribbons (using a vegetable peeler)
* 1/4 cup cider vinegar
* 2-3 Tbs. plain Greek yogurt
* 1 Tbs. sugar
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper

for the final dish:

* tostada shells
* fresh cilantro for garnish

Combine all of the bbq ingredients in a Crack Pot, I mean Crock Pot and let it cook all day! Or 6 hours, whatever.
After about 5 hours, shred the chicken with 2 forks. Put the lid back on it and let it cook 30 minutes to an hour more.

Combine the vinegar, yogurt, sugar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the sliced cabbage and carrots and toss to combine. Stick in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

Place a good amount of the bbq pulled chicken on top of each tostada shell. Top with cole slaw and garnish with cilantro.

Heaven should probably help us.

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33 Responses to BBQ Pulled Chicken Tostadas with Cole Slaw

  1. Ashley September 14, 2012 at 8:26 am #
    God help me - I NEED some slaw and chicken right now!
  2. Brian @ A Thpight For Food September 14, 2012 at 8:41 am #
    Bev, I know I can always count on you for a good laugh. You are one hilarious writer... And I adore you for that. Thanks for making me laugh... And for torturing me yet again with a fabulous recipe! Mwah! B
  3. Debbie September 14, 2012 at 8:46 am #
    YOU ARE HiLaRIOUS. And that looks so yummy, and I have chicken breasts and thighs in my fridge right this very moment and plenty of time to let my best friend (crock pot) do all the work. THANK YOU!
  4. Tracey Evans September 14, 2012 at 10:12 am #
    I love this recipe!!! Oh and nay on the ombre, I for some reason just do not like it on anyone, too trendy I guess, and I like classic. You look fabulous as a blonde, so I say stay blonde!! :) Bangs are fine in my book if they are long ones that blend in with your cut. There is so much you can do with your hair if you keep the bangs longer I think. Any who, you will look beautiful either way I'm sure of it! :)
  5. GingerMae September 14, 2012 at 11:15 am #
    Soo making this this weekend. I happen to have a bunch of cabbage and carrots in my garden that I need to do something with. Perfect recipe!
  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 14, 2012 at 11:20 am #
    Yes times one million. And yes again.
  7. Christina September 14, 2012 at 11:51 am #
    Wish I had a crock pot right now. Broke mine last winter. Don't ask. Now I have to figure out how to make this with a normal pot. Sigh...
  8. Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa September 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm #
    One of my favorite meals! I made these the other day and topped them with a roasted tomatillo salsa. The bomb!
  9. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease September 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm #
    bbq and coleslaw is my favorite combo....and then a mexican flare Wowzer! YUM!
  10. carrian September 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm #
    MMMMM THese look fantastic and I love the addition of the greek yogurt. Your story of the crockpot, I'll make sure I pass on the word. Who knew that's how it came about! ;)
  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm #
    Wow, you've really outdone yourself here, Bev! This is such an awesome combo, and I'm so excited to make this for Jason. He is going to be thrilled!
  12. Cassie September 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm #
    I definitely need these gorgeous things!
  13. Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm #
    That chicken looks so saucy. Soooooo saucy. Lovin it.
  14. Katie September 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm #
    That history lesson made my day. Now if I just had some of that dang slaw.
  15. Kari@Loaves and Dishes September 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm #
    I heart tostadas; all kinds of tostadas. These tostadas are no exception! (did I say tostadas enough?) Tostadas!
  16. Julie @ Table for Two September 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm #
    I love the way you arrange all your ingredients. It's always so different and pretty. And yes, my dear, we are totally on the same wavelength ;) me likey!
  17. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. September 15, 2012 at 9:39 am #
    oh too good Bev!
  18. Ali | Gimme Some Oven September 15, 2012 at 10:18 am #
    Yes, yes, yes on the dramatic bangs! And oh - a BIG yes on these tostadas too. :)
  19. Kevin (Closet Cooking) September 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm #
    Those BBQ chicken tostadas are looking so good!
  20. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel September 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm #
    Bev, I blame you for ruining my keyboard. I mean, technically it was MY drool, but still. Also, if they were such geniuses, couldn't they come up with self-cleaning cars, too?! UGH. Also #2: bangs rule.
  21. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 16, 2012 at 1:43 am #
    I must get myself a crack pot. I mean crock pot. STAT. These look ridonkulously delish. Plus, any kitchen gadget that gives me time to do other terribly useful things (like Pinterest) = winning! Yeah, I said it.
  22. Divya September 16, 2012 at 11:06 am #
    I've always wondered how to make pulled chicken, but never found a recipe that inspired me to do it at home. I think this one is a winner. Bookmarked!
  23. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm #
    You had me at bbq then lost me at a double tomato. Oh nooo. Maybe if I cheat and just do plain ole bbq and nothing resembling tomatoes we'll be okay ;)
  24. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids September 26, 2012 at 6:15 am #
    Oh my goodness yumminess! I was sitting here missing you and the pictures of your amazing food alone just had me drooling on my computer!
  25. Ruthie September 17, 2014 at 8:48 pm #
    Add oregano, yummy!!
  26. Penny August 19, 2018 at 8:43 pm #
    Followed the recipe and I have tasteless soupy chicken.


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