Maple-Adobo Tostadas


Tostadas are one of my favorite weeknight meals. My version is baked instead of fried and is piled high with beans, salsa, and spicy maple-adobo tenders. Even better, they only take about a half hour to make!

Maple-Adobo Tostadas // @HealthyDelishI’ve been obsessed with wings lately. More than I usually am. I’ve been on a self-appointed mission to make the perfect wing sauce: thick, with lots of body, and a slow burning heat. I think I finally nailed it with this maple-adobo sauce! It’s so good, especially when you pile it on top of these easy-to-make tostadas.

Instead of using chicken, I paired the maple-adobo sauce with gardeinTM  seven grain crispy tenders. If you haven’t tried it yet, gardein is a delicious meat-free option made from (non-GMO) soy and wheat, ancient grains and veggies. Not only is it healthier, but it’s also less expensive than chicken tenders – at least at the store I shop at. These tenders are so good, especially when you coat them in spicy sauce and pile them on top of these easy-to-make tostadas.


These tostadas are perfect for a weeknight! The frozen tenders and corn tortillas cook at the same temperature and are ready in just 20 minutes. Halfway through, you’ll flip the tenders and spread a layer of refried beans onto the tortillas. While they finish baking, whip up the maple-adobo sauce – it only takes a few minutes and you’re rewarded with a deliciously meat-free meal.

Be sure to visit the gardein web site to check out their new “meet chef” campaign and grab a coupon for $1 off. You can also follow them on facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. For more meatless meal inspiration, folow my #MeetChef board on Pinterest, where I’ve curated a collection of recipes that I know you’ll love.


Maple-Adobo Tostadas

Maple-Adobo Tostadas

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 package Gardein 7 grain crispy tenders (frozen)
  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • 8 tablespoons vegetarian refried beans
  • 3 chipotle peppers
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from can of chipotle peppers)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or butter spread)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • shredded lettuce and salsa, for serving


  1. Heat oven to 450ºF. Arrange the crispy tenders on one baking sheet and the tortillas on another. Bake 10 minutes. Flip the tenders over and spread 1 tablespoon of beans onto each tortilla. Bake another 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the chipotle peppers, adobo, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar. Blend until smooth. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Cook over medium heat 3-4 minutes or until thick. Whisk in the chipotle puree and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Brush the tenders with sauce (or quickly dip them in the sauce until lightly coated). Let sit 5 minutes. Dice.
  4. Top each tortilla with lettuce, salsa, and honey-adobo tenders.
Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 355Total Fat 13gCholesterol 9mgFiber 8gProtein 14g

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gardein . The opinions and text are all mine.

By on February 6th, 2015

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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