Tinga Tostadas

Mexican chicken Tinga is probably the easiest recipe I have in my entire repertoire. It requires very little work and only a handful of ingredients. Yet the results are absolutely delicious!

This recipe calls for chipotle chiles in adobo sauce. I'm not one to eat very spicy food, but I can tolerate a couple of chipotles. The smoky flavor of the chipotles is what adds that distinctive flavor to this dish. If you like a spicier dish, feel free to add an extra chipotle or two.  For those of you who are worried about the spicy-ness, just start by adding a tablespoon of the adobo sauce the chipotles are packed in and continue on from there until you've reached the desired heat.

Shredded chicken Tinga is traditionally served on tostada shells, but it also makes a very tasty filling for burritos and/or tacos.  I like to serve a tablespoon of  Tinga on top of round tortilla chips as an appetizer for a party or as a botana (snack) for a futbol game.

Chipotle Shredded Chicken Tinga Tostadas - lacocinadeleslie.com

Shredded Chicken Tinga Tostadas

  • 2 bone-in chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 5 roma tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • shredded lettuce
  • Mexican crema or sour cream
  • Queso Fresco

In small saucepan, cook the tomatoes in 1-1/2 cups of water; let cool slightly. Pour tomatoes and the cooking water into a blender cup and puree with the chipotle chilies; set aside.  In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and saute for 2 minutes. Carefully pour the puree into the skillet; season with salt.  Stir in the shredded chicken.  Cover skillet, reduce heat to low and let simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed.  (About 15 to 20 minutes.)

To serve, spoon a couple tablespoons of Tinga onto each tostada shell.  Top with shredded lettuce, Mexican crema and queso fresco.  Enjoy!!! 

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  1. I'm going to try this soon. Will let you know how it goes. Looks delish.

  2. I cooked Tinga today. I had never tasted it. It was very delicious. I like my food spicy and I added 3 chipotles.

  3. I enjoyed this recipe! Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Anonymous! I'm glad you liked the Tinga Tostadas! :)

  4. Made these today! They where sooooooo good! I added 5 peppers and it was perfect, even for my 10 year old! Thanks for sharing all ur wonderful recipes!

  5. oh how i miss your blog and mexican food! googled tostadas and you came up!! :) will be making these tomorrow here in spain. hope all is well with you and family. looks like your blog has taken off. great job!

  6. Wow ..my tinga turned out to be better than my mom's !!! It was delicious. The only two items missing were th tomatillo sauce and sliced avocados to garnish y listo! Thank you so so much for sharing this recipe . I definitely recommend it to everyone !