On hot days Grandma always made tostadas

Tostada time

It must be Fall. It’s hot. Above 90 Degrees hot. Whenever we had these heat waves and it was a weekend trip for dinner at Grandma’s, she would often serve tostadas. All the prep could be done in the early morning before the house got too hot. And Grandma would get up at 5 am to crisp up the shells from fresh tortillas and cook the chicken.

I’m not going to lie. I did not get up early to make any of this. It’s the easy (cheater’s) way to make tostadas and you don’t even have to heat up the oven at all.

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I used purchased tostadas that are available in my local supermarket.


They are very crispy and easily crushed so make sure you examine the package carefully or you might end up with broken ones.

chicken and beans

I used purchased cooked chicken and doctored it up a bit. Added a sliced onion and tossed a bit of cumin and oregano. Then I added some chicken stock to keep it moist and warmed it up in the microwave.

I also opened a can of beans and warmed them up as well.

It is important to have the beans a little warm so they spread easily on the tostadas.

Just layered chicken, shredded cheese, lettuce, and some salsa and served them up.

platter of 6

What are your go to hot weather meals?