Easy Tostadas

It's been in the upper 90's around here the last few days - which is just crazy hot for New England. I'm not sure how we went from cold and rainy early Spring to super hot summer weather in a matter of days, but this Southern girl sure isn't going to complain about it!

Tostadas are one of my favorite easy meals in the dead heat of summer. I could eat Mexican-style food every single day of the week I think and never tire of it. When I'm not feeling in the mood for any real food, usually Mexican is what I end up settling on. I'm not sure why, but it is like my ultimate comfort food. So it's really no surprise that when I stared in the fridge today searching for something to eat, I came up with this. You can top your tostada with really anything you'd like - be as creative as you'd like!

Easy Chicken Tostadas

Ingredients (serves 1 hungry person!
2 corn tortillas
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 cup shredded chicken (I use leftover rotisserie or roasted chicken)
2 Tbsp salsa
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 roasted red pepper, sliced
1/4 cup monterey jack cheese
1 tbsp chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400. Rub both sides of tortillas with olive oil and place on a cookie sheet. When the oven is warm, stick the cookie sheet into the oven. After about 2 minutes, check the tortillas to see if they are brown on the bottom. You may see them start to bubble up - that's a good thing! When the bottom is brown, flip them over and bake them another 1-2 minutes or until golden and mostly crisp. They will crisp up a bit more once you take them out.

While your tortillas are heating up, mash your avocado with a fork and set aside. Mix chicken with salsa in a small pot on the stove and heat until warm. Alternatively, you can stick it in your microwave for a minute or so. 

When your tortillas are as golden as you'd like, pull them out and put them on a plate. Be careful - they will be hot! Spread 1/2 of your mashed avocado on top of each tortilla. Top it with your chicken and salsa mixture, roasted red pepper, cheese, and cilantro. Enjoy - and make it over and over and over again!