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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chicken Tostadas ~ with Fresh Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

When I roast chicken breasts I like to do a large amount so I can use it in many dishes. I freeze it in portions after I cut it or shred it, then I can pull it out to add to soups, or casseroles, use in a stir fry, or I like to make tacos or burrito, and here I made tostadas. We love a good verde sauce at our house and I have made it from scratch or opened a can. I saw Marcela Valladolid make a fresh tomatillo-avocado sauce on Mexican Made Easy. I have always cooked the tomatillos before to make a verda sauce, so this sounded interesting and easy, and good! And I was right!

I wish I would of remembered to take a photo of the tomatillos with the paper cover they have on them. Oh well...peel the thin paper-like skins off and wash the tomatillos. Then just quarter or rough chop them. Same with the avocado, wash, slice, quarter or chunks in the food processor. When you add the green chile depending on if you like it hot you can leave the seeds, or remove them if you can't take the heat!

•Fresh Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa
•8 ounces tomatillos, husked, rinsed and coarsely chopped
•1 avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
•1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
•1 serrano chile
•1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
•Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Combine the tomatillos, avocado, cilantro, chile, and lemon juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Season the salsa with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours or until ready to use. I used it right away!

You use lemon instead of lime here because it works better with the fresh tomatillos. Whizz...

Warm the refried beans, and fry the corn tortillas until it's nice and crisp, but keep an eye on it so it won't burn. All it takes is for you to turn around and leave it for a second...

When it is just the right crispness that you desire, remove from pan and place on a plate with some paper towels to blot, I always add a touch of salt or seasoning at this time.

Spread some of the warm beans on the crisp tortilla. Then the chicken, and shredded lettuce. She added sliced radishes and sliced red onions, we chose not to.

Add the yummy verde sauce, and top with a little drizzle of Mexican Crema...yum!

Oops! I forgot the cheese! Duh! I can't forget the cheese!

We love Mexican cheeses, and for this we used blanco fresco, it crumbles nicely. You can use any mild white crumbly cheese if you can't find blanco fresco!
It makes enough for 8 tostadas, but we have a small family, and Maranda didn't use as much salsa as Wade and I did. The left over salsa verde was delicious on tortilla chips and taquitos. I also added it to some shredded chicken sandwiches for lunches this week. I'll make that again!

This post was linked to:Let's Do Lunch, Breakfast and Brunch


On this sunset we actually saw the "green flash" well except for Wade because he's color blind! He always misses it! Maranda and I have seen it several times, the conditions have to be just right.
Have you ever seen the green flash?


  1. Seriously. I can not tell you how much I want this right now.

  2. This sounds amazing! I love roast tomatillo sauce for enchiladas and I adore avocados :)

  3. Never used raw tomatillos...Green flash? Are you sure you just didn't eat too many tomatillos?

  4. Simple and nice! I wanna try this out too. Hope my kids will like it. hehe... You know, they're pretty picky! Just received you mail. Will chat later. I'm off to make some delivery later and a birthday party to attend tonight. Hope you're having a wonderful evening.
    Blessings, Kristy

  5. I have never tried this kind of salsa before!

  6. wow this looks amazing what a killer sauce

  7. Pam - I saved some for ya!

    Phyrra - This will definitely be on our dinner rotation. The sauce was so easy and good!

    Bo - That's the first I've had tomatillos raw too. I was surprised. Ha! You haven't seen the green flash? You have to watch real close just as it sinks...going...going...gone!

    Kristy - hope they like it! You sound busy too! Take care.

    tigerfish - I hope you get a chance to try it.

    Rebecca - the sauce did make the dish!

  8. We are able to enjoy such summery food as the days are getting longer and warmer everyday. Looks so delicious!

  9. Oh does that ever look good Lyndsey. I'm glad you showed the tomatillo husked, I've only ever seen them in pics with the husk on. They are VERY difficult to find up here but I saw them once at Whole Foods but have yet to cook with them. I was intimidated by them but I see now there's nothing to be intimiated about. :o)

  10. Can I come to dinner please? What is the green flash? Diane

  11. Lovely chicken tostadas. Tostadas are my favorites, over burritos and tacos. The tomatillo avocado sauce is quite tasty. Elegantly presented as well.

    I saw that green flash too, in Pirates of the Carribean At Worlds End.

    Be well

  12. 3HT - I hope you enjoy it. Our summer lasts a little longer here than some parts of the country.

    Brenda - you should try some next time you see them. Usually they are boiled or roasted. I liked them like this too. The avocado seems to smooth it out.

    Diane - sure you are always welcome! The green flash is seen at the end of the sunset just as the last light slips beneath the water. It might be more of a flicker, but they call it a flash...well sometimes it's a flash. I've been able to see it several times. The conditions have to be just right. Not too clear and not too hazy. HTH

    Lazaro - thank you so much. I do enjoy tostadas best too. The sauce was easy and good. Good you know what I'm talking about when I say the green flash!

  13. Never tried this before... sounds really cool....

  14. OMG Lyndsey! I'm ready to move down to Florida to sample your incredible cookery...WOW!! I can't tell you how much I'd love to have this magical yumminess right now :)

  15. - Oh thank you!

    Foodie Ann - I think you'd like it, it has a nice fresh taste!

    Jenn - you are too funny! Of course I'd love to cook for you when you come to Florida :D Thanks, you are so nice saying that!

  16. Lyndsey this look really yummy and tasty! love it gloria

  17. Great recipe Lyndsey! My guys would love it but I would have to skip the avocado. I always loved it until I was pregnant with my youngest, I developed an aversion to it during pregnancy and still can't touch it to this day!

    I'm guessing you will think I'm crazy but I have no idea what you are even talking about with the green flash - seriously!

  18. Another lovely dish, that sauce should taste good as a dip for chips, my boys love it, but i think I'll cook the tomatillos first:D Then again, can I find tomatillos here? hmmm..

  19. I love that kind of food! A scrumptious dish.



  20. Lyndsey, this looks very hearty and yummy...!!

  21. sounds amazing Lyndsey...wonderful try with great result...loved d fantastic click...

    Tasty Appetite

  22. Another amazing recipe that is making want to run out and get the stuff to make these. Lucky you seeing the green flash - I've seen it too but only a few times - nice suprise when you can see it.

  23. I love tostado's I bet my girls wound enjoy those! I have never used tomatillo's thanks for the inspiration, I will definitely try those at school, that salsa looks delicious!

  24. oh wow, the chicken tostadas look so tempting! i am always up for Mexican and I have to try your tomatilo-avocado salsa now! i recently made a roasted tomatilla salsa and added some avocados in it for a verde effect and loved it. Your method actually sounds simpler. Thanks for dropping by; yeah, I have been off for so long.... glad to be back now.

  25. The more I see the Mexican food on the blogsphere, the more I adore the cuisine. This looks totally delish!

  26. Gloria - thank you!

    Martha - you could do one with avo and another without, it's easy enough to make! :D Funny how some tastes change after being pregnant! You have to look very hard for the green flash!

    Rosa - thanks!

    Cooking Gallery- thank you!

    Jay - so kind of you to say!

    Ricepatty - thanks for the comment. Yes! thanks now maybe they won't think I'm crazy for seeing the green flash! ;D we look for it all the time!

    Chef Dennis - this would be right up your ally. It's so fresh and easy to make!

    PJ - nice to see you back! The avocado does make for a nice fresh salsa, a little brighter than the roasted tomatillo.

    Angie - We love Mexican food too and get a chance to find many of the ingredients and locals who have great recipes from home. I want to discover more!

  27. We cannot get tomatillos in England, but your salsa sounds delicious! I can just imagine how good it tastes!!

  28. This is a fantastic dish and it is in the spotlight at Let's Do Brunch, this week. Hop on over, tomorrow and take a peek. Bring a new recipe with you, if you would like. I know, we would like.

  29. Oops. I forgot. I came over to tell you that you are in the spotlight, this week at Let's Do Brunch. Come one over and look.


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