Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas

Tostada Tuesday! (shhhh.)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas / Bev Cooks

Not only that, slow cooker tostadas. Slow cooker chicken and bean tostadas. Slow cooker chicken and pinto bean tostadas with fresh pico on top! Ugh.

And the cheese? Chipotle cheddar.

I give up now.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas / Bev Cooks

This is one of those you-know-everything-will-work-out-in-life meals, because a) it’s a bunch of chicken and beans and corn and spices and salsa in a slow cooker for 500 days.

But it’s also compleeeeetely weeknight friendly because you can also make the pico in the morning before you head off to work! OR you could make it when you come home at lunch while you catch up on This Is Us from the night before. (omg)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas / Bev Cooks

OR shoot – just make it after work while you’re sippin’ a glass of sauv. It’s yo’ thang. Do whatcha wanna do.

(But do catch up on This Is Us, because omgggg.)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas / Bev Cooks

I know you can save some extra calories by making your own tostada shells, and that’s great! But I got lay-zay this time around and used the trusty store bought kind. I actually like the texture more, I think. They’re always slightly crispier, sturdier, but with a delicate, encouraging whisper of, “Hang in there, mama. Day’s almost done.”

Oh, your food doesn’t send you inspirational heart messages while you cook? Oh.

This post is short. Mostly because I woke up sick in the middle of the night. Worst sore throat, insano runny nose, and a brain fog that quite resembles the Headless Horseman. It’s a lovely look for me.

But listen, get started on these here slow cooker tostadas prontoooo because your tongue and face and stomach and family will praise your existence for the rest of ever. (and your house will smell boss.)

Goodbye forever.

Or for a few minutes.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas / Bev Cooks

You may now begin this ^^^.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas
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  • 22 oz chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 14 oz chicken breasts
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (11 oz) can Mexican corn (Mexicorn)
  • 3 Tbs. salsa (jarred)
  • 1 Tbs. cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 8 tostada shells
  • 1 (8 oz) block Chipotle cheddar cheese, grated (regular cheddar is fine)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice from half a lime
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. n a slow cooker, combine the chicken, beans, corn, salsa, and spices (including the pinch of salt). Gently toss and cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 4 - whatever works for your schedule. Once it’s cooked, shred the chicken with two forks and give it one more light stir.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chopped tomato, onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine. You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge as long as you fancy.
  3. Preheat the oven to broil. Using tongs, place a mound of chicken on each tostada shell. Evenly sprinkle the cheese over each mound of chicken. Slide the tostadas into the oven and broil until the cheese is melted and started to brown and bubble, like two minutes. If that!
  4. Serve with the fresh pico on top, and extra lime wedges for last-second squirting. (sorry i just said squirting.)
  5. Serves about 8! Maybe 9.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas / Bev Cooks

Tostada Tuesday! (plus wine)





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12 Responses to Slow Cooker Chicken and Bean Tostadas

  1. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb October 11, 2016 at 7:18 am #
    feel better!!! :( ^^ that looks DE-lightful.
  2. Lindsay October 11, 2016 at 8:38 am #
    Yummmmmm!!! These look amazeballs, but alas, not many of the ingredients are available here. I'll just weep softly, while stroking my phone screen. I also have to wait to watch This Is Us until Wednesday (#veryunusualkoreaninternetproblems), but I cannot wait. I was starved without it last week! Imma sob my face off again, right? Gah!
    • Solitaire Online July 5, 2020 at 6:06 pm #
      This article clears my mind. Writer has done great job. Best thing about this blog is its simplicity.
  3. Denise October 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm #
    Totally making these! I ate tostadas everyday last week in San Diego and am completely hooked now! Thanks for the killer recipe ... wonder if they would be great with Rose?
  4. Sween Chao December 27, 2016 at 12:09 am #
    I have try to use the slow cooker recipe. It's pretty good for me . But some guys don't have slow cooker. So before your cook. you should be pick up a slow cooker.
  5. Elizabeth S February 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm #
    These are dreamy and so darn easy. A high protein meal that feels healthy and light and so very satisfying! I amp up the seasonings just a tad. Delicious! Thank you!
  6. Sarah February 21, 2021 at 5:52 pm #
    These were delicious. Restaurant quality!!! Will mame these always.


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