Ground Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Tostadas

Today, when I woke up, I discovered that the mild winter has vanished. It must have gone away with 2011. Today is cold. The Weather Network says that it will be around -15C in Toronto. For readers south of the border, that is 5F. Hopefully this cold snap will not last too long.

The kids are home all this week and go back to school next Monday. This year the kid’s holiday time is great. It is awesome that they have a week off after all the festivities so they can enjoy the gifts received at Christmas. Some years they have a week off leading up to Christmas and they pace the floor waiting for the 25th.

With the cold weather, I was craving something from a more tropical region than Canada. I decided to go with Mexican as you can really never go wrong choosing Mexican. My family absolutely loves Mexican food! It makes an appearance on our dining room table quite frequently. Usually we have tacos or nachos, but today I wanted something different on the table and something different to share with you.

Tostadas are a flat round crispy corn shell. Think of a hard taco shell but not shaped like a ‘U’. Our local grocery store sells bags of tostadas and I will often pick them up to have as a change of pace from tacos or fajitas. Also, instead of the standard ground beef mix with taco seasoning, I went with the healthier option of ground chicken. Many times I feel that ground chicken is a poor substitute for ground beef because it tastes nothing like beef. This time however, because ot the seasoning and other ingredients, it tasted amazing! All the kids loved it and had many helpings of it. The addition of the black beans and corn in the meat mixture was a huge hit.

In the recipe, I included guacamole as an optional topping. If you want to try to make your own guacamole, try my recipe found here. This was one of the first posts I ever made. As I looked back on it I realize I need to update the picture with something a bit more professional! LOL. Oh those days when I was a food blogging newbie! haha

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Steve Cylka


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cubanelle pepper , minced
  • 1/2 onion , minced
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 can black beans , drained
  • 1 cup corn (frozen or canned)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • guacamole (optional)
  • fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the cubanelle pepper, onion, garlic and ground chicken. Cook until the chicken is fully cooked. Make sure than you use a wooden spoon or spatula to crumble the ground chicken into small pieces.
  • Stir in the spice mixture, black beans and corn. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Spoon some of the chicken mixture onto a tostada shell. Top it with tomatoes, cheese, sour cream and guacamole.



About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. This sounds delicious! I’ll second that thought you left on my last post. We could share all this Mexican food you make too!

  2. I love mexican food and this looks so delicious!! Wow, it’s cold up there..our high today is 30 degrees, but I can’t complain cause 5 degrees F is insane!! Stay warm! I’m sure these tostadas will help ya 😉

  3. Thanks for visiting, and I love that I found your blog that way, your stuff looks amazing!

  4. So chilly here too, these flavors sound warm, though. Sounds simple too, love this!

  5. We enjoy mexican food at least once a week here. This is a pretty unique recipe for tostadas, definitely worth a try. I like the idea of the ground chicken-so many recipes use beef or pork.
    The sun is trying to warm up things here but it was quite cold this morning.

  6. I am a recent convert from ground turkey to ground chicken. Oh man I am totally addicted. I have made something similar to this, but not with tostadas or cinnamon. What an interesting addition. Happy New Year!

  7. You have us beat…we were an icy 12ºF…brrrr. My family would love your tostadas any time of year! YUM.

  8. Hi Steve, thanks so much for stopping by my blog – so I got to discover your great blog as well. I just spent some time browsing through it and found some great recipes that I’d enjoy, like this tostada! I think this is a recipe that everyone in my fam would love. Thanks for sharing!

  9. These look delicious. Love tostadas!

  10. These tostadas look amazingly comforting and colorful! I love the black beans and the fresh garnishes. I hear you about the cold weather.. we’ve had pretty cold weather the last few days too. I am already looking forward to spring. 🙂

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