Mexican Pocket Bread Tostadas

Notes: Strips of grilled chicken or beef, available in supermarket meat sections, add low-fat protein to this quick take on a tostada.


Makes 4 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 487
Caloriesfromfat 14 %
Protein 32 g
Fat 7.6 g
Satfat 3.7 g
Carbohydrate 74 g
Fiber 8 g
Sodium 2078 mg
Cholesterol 38 mg


4 pocket breads (6 to 6 1/2 in.)
1 can (16 oz.) nonfat refried beans
6 ounces sliced grilled chicken breast or sliced grilled tender beef steak (see notes)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 can (7 oz.) diced green chilies
1 cup (1/4 lb.) shredded light or regular Mexican blend cheese or shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
3 cups finely shredded cabbage
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
About 3/4 cup tomato salsa
Salt and pepper


1. Arrange pocket breads slightly apart on a 14- by 17-inch baking sheet. Spread 1/4 of the beans evenly on each round.

2. Top beans equally with chicken, onion, chilies, and cheese.

3. Bake in a 425° regular or convection oven until pocket breads are crisp and cheese is melted, about 8 minutes (6 minutes in a convection oven). Transfer each round to a plate. Mound cabbage equally on rounds and top with cilantro. Serve tostadas with salsa and salt and pepper to add to taste.


January 2001
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