Do you love chicken tacos? Here’s an easy chicken tinga taco recipe.
This chicken tinga recipe is a variation from Chef Rick Bayless, who is my go-to for Mexican cuisine (sopa de lima, anyone?) because he shares really easy but awesome Mexican recipes and he seems like he’d be the nicest guy ever.
Chicken tinga originated in Puebla, Mexico. Puebla, like Oaxaca, is one of the mecca’s for Mexican cuisine.
Mexican food is diverse, reflecting its geography and history so food in the Yucatan on the east coast is very different than food in the west coast.
In Puebla, Poblano food is an expression of indigenous cuisine affected by the Spanish settlement, specifically Spanish nuns.
Some of Puebla’s most famous dishes, including mole poblano and chiles en nogada were created in a convent.
The traditional chicken tinga recipe is shredded chicken in a tomato chipotle sauce cooked in a clay pot.
It’s basically a stew, which makes it extremely versatile.
It’s served traditionally on a tostada (fried tortilla) but it is also a great taco filling. It’s often used on Mexican antojitos.
What Kind of Tomatoes to Use
For this recipe I used the fire roasted diced tomatoes. They are more expensive than regular diced tomatoes at the grocery store.
But opening up the can you can actually see charred bits of tomato and straight from the can the tomatoes taste great, which isn’t always the case – especially for no-name tomatoes.
I really liked the charred flavour and think it would be great in pasta dishes like spaghetti puttanesca as it gives the tomato a nice depth of flavour.
It was a great addition to this recipe to complement the smoky adobo peppers.
Chicken Tinga Substitutions
While we have access to many Mexican ingredients in Toronto.
I know that’s not the case from coast to coast but this recipe is easily adaptable. It won’t be as authentic but it can still taste great.
Queso fresco, which literally means fresh cheese is amazing. But can be difficult and/or expensive to get in some towns, so look for feta that isn’t too salty.
I love corn tortillas. They have such a different flavour from flour tortillas.
If you can get them buy a pack and freeze the remainder.
However, if you can’t find corn tortillas go with flour.
If you don’t have a dutch oven a casserole dish will do, or try it in the slow cooker.
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut in to 1-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil
- 4 oz fresh Mexican chorizo sausage removed from casing
- 1/2 medium white onion diced
- 1 cup Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes undrained
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup queso fresco crumbled
- 2 avocados halved, pitted, diced, optional
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro for garnish chopped
- 2 limes cut into wedges
- 1 package warm corn tortillas
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Once oil is hot, add chicken in a single layer (work in batches if necessary).
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from pan.
- Add chorizo to pan; cook and stir to break up pieces until browned, about 6 minutes.
- Return all chicken to the pan. Top meat with onion, tomatoes, chicken broth, chipotle, Worcestershire and salt.
- Cover pan and place in oven. Cook, stirring gently once or twice, until chicken has cooked, about 2 hours.
- Scoop mixture into a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with cheese, avocado and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and warm tortillas for making tacos.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 430Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 846mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 29g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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