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I randomly made these chicken & refried bean tostadas and now I will not eat anything else because they’re so. damn. good.

I grocery shop every Friday. I make a rough meal plan, then make a grocery list based off the ingredients I’ll need to make those meals. Prior to doing this, I check and see what’s on sale at Whole Foods so I don’t end up spending seven hundred dollars on groceries.

And it turns out that A Dozen Cousins beans were on sale. I also discovered that you can purchase these beans at a discount on Amazon (here).

And here’s the thing: this post is NOT sponsored. I am certain A Dozen Cousins have no idea who I am. But I know who they are, because as it turns out, their beans are FREAKING AMAZING.

But a little backstory.

I went pretty strict paleo/Weston A. Price back in 2010. No grains, no beans, just meat, seafood, fats, broth and veggies for the most part.

Of course, even though the food was delicious, it was too restrictive, and unnecessarily so. I could’ve incorporated more grains and been fine. I could’ve eaten beans, and should have!

Beans don’t agree with everyone, but if they don’t bother your digestive process – enjoy them!

Food does NOT have to be so complicated.

I still love the paleo/WAPF way of eating, and still participate in it. Now I just also incorporate white rice, a small amount of oats, and now – beans!

And let me tell you, beans are GOOD. a Dozen Cousins also makes refried black beans, which I can’t wait to try next. But for this recipe I used the pinto beans. And I love pinto beans.

*A note on beans and protein – there’s a pervasive myth that beans are good source of protein. They’re not. A 1/2 cup of beans is equivalent to 5 grams of protein, when the average adult should be consuming at least 25g of protein per meal. In contrast, a 1/2 cup of chicken is about 20g of protein, 4x more than beans.

Beans are great, but they aren’t a legitimate source of protein.

Benefits of these chicken and refried beans tostadas:

  • high in fiber, a 1/2 cup of the pinto beans contains a whopping 8 grams of fiber
  • high in protein – NOT from the beans, but from the chicken
  • low carb
  • full of healthy fats to help stabilize blood sugar, balance mood and support sex hormones
  • rich in antioxidants from the vegetables
  • a great recipe to support beneficial gut bacteria and overall gut health

Tips for making this recipe:

  • to make this recipe low-carb, paleo and keto, try my eggplant refried bean recipe
  • feel free to use any protein you have, beef, pork or shrimp would be delicious
  • add avocado or guacamole (my avocados weren’t ripe enough!)
  • add your favorite hot sauce
  • if you can’t find grain-free tortillas, use gluten-free corn

Chicken and Refried Bean Tostadas

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course dinner, main
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 tortillas (Siete or corn)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked chicken (grilled, rotisserie, baked, whatever you like!)
  • 1 package A Dozen Cousins refried beans
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce


  • Heat 1/4 tbsp of olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the tortillas and cook for 20 to 30 seconds, until the tortilla is browned and crispy but not burned. Do this for each of the four tortillas.
  • Heat the refried beans according to package instructions. Add about 2-3 tbsp per tortilla.
  • Top with 1/4 cup chicken on each tortilla.
  • Add 1/4 cup pico de gallo on each tortilla.
  • Cube the avocado and add 1/4 to each tortilla.
  • Top with romaine lettuce. Feel free to add sour cream and hot sauce too!
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