Think back of when you were a kid. What’s the food that comes to mind? Believe it or not, for me it’s frijoles with queso fresco (beans with fresh cheese). I remember coming home from elementary school and always having fresh frijoles on the stove. Sometimes we’d eat the frijoles plain with tortillas or on a tostada shell. So tell me, what food takes you back to your childhood?
Have you heard of Dia del Niño? If not, you can read about it here. It’s basically a fun day for kids to celebrate with lots of eating, playing games, eating, playing sports, eating, piñats, eating, face painting, oh and did I mention eating? Yeah, the eating various foods is the part that I like the most! My cousin in Mexico City is a teacher and she as well as the other teachers dress up as a character for Dia del Niño. Kids also dress as certain character or in their Sunday best. What a fun tradition to have during the school day!
With Dia del Niño (Kids day) coming up on April 30th, I asked my parents why we never celebrated Dia del Niño. My parents are from Mexico and migrated to Arizona 43 years ago but as time went by they lost a lot of their Mexico customs. I am however grateful for some of the traditions they did hold on to. After hearing many fascinating stories about Dia del Niño from some of my relatives; I of course wanted to get in on the celebrations myself.
I decided to cook up a simple meal that I grew up with; beans with queso fresco & Tinga tostadas. Tinga is shredded chicken with Chipotle seasoning. Of course, if you know me, I am not big on cooking from scratch like my mom. Since I’m a single parent constantly on the go, I prefer to make my meals quick and easy. I made the Tinga Tostadas with HERDEZ® Sauce which brought back memories of my youth.
Tinga Tostadas with HERDEZ®
1 Whole Chicken or 6-8 chicken boneless skinless chicken breasts (In a super big hurry, use a cooked rotisserie chicken)
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
2 Small Onions
1 Jar HERDEZ® Chipotle Mexican Cooking Sauce
Cook and shred the chicken, unless you’re like me and like things easy, then just shred the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. Cut the onions in half and chop into 1/4 inch slices.
Heat 1-2 tbsps of oil in a skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and onions. Sauté until the onions begin to brown. Once the onions are softened, mix in the shredded chicken
Finally stir in the HERDEZ® Chipotle Mexican Cooking Sauce. Simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes stirring frequently.
That’s it. Super Simple! Just assemble your tostada with beans, tinga, lettuce, queso fresco and top it with HERDEZ® salsa.
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Many thanks to HERDEZ® Brand for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to further celebrate Día del Niño!