Chicken Tinga Tacos are a flavorful, spicy, and absolutely delicious dish that has deep roots in Mexican cuisine. This recipe will guide you through making these mouth-watering tacos, perfect for a taco night at home or impressing guests with a taste of authentic Mexican flavors.

Chicken Tinga Tacos Recipe

Introduction to Chicken Tinga Tacos

Chicken Tinga, originating from Puebla, Mexico, is a dish featuring shredded chicken in a rich, smoky tomato sauce. This popular filling is known for its deep flavors, achieved through the combination of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chipotle peppers. Paired with warm tortillas and your favorite toppings, Chicken Tinga Tacos are a delightful treat for any meal.


For the Chicken Tinga:

  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) of diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of chicken broth

For the Tacos:

  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Diced avocado
  • Crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese
  • Lime wedges

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Cook the Chicken

  1. Place the chicken breasts or thighs in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through (about 20 minutes).
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it using two forks. Set aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Sauce

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook until they are soft and translucent (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes, including the juice, followed by the chipotle peppers, oregano, cumin, and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Step 3: Combine Chicken and Sauce

  1. Add the shredded chicken to the skillet with the sauce. Stir well to coat the chicken with the sauce.
  2. Continue to cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is fully coated and flavorful.

Assembling the Tacos

  1. Warm the tortillas in a skillet or in the microwave until they are pliable.
  2. Fill each tortilla with a generous portion of Chicken Tinga.
  3. Garnish with fresh cilantro, diced avocado, crumbled queso fresco, and a squeeze of lime juice for an extra burst of flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken Tinga Tacos pair wonderfully with a variety of sides and drinks:

  • Sides: Serve with Mexican rice, refried beans, or a fresh corn salad.
  • Drinks: Enjoy with a cold cerveza, a classic margarita, or a refreshing agua fresca.
  • Dessert: Finish the meal with traditional Mexican sweets like churros or tres leches cake.


Enjoy your homemade Chicken Tinga Tacos, bursting with authentic Mexican flavors. We hope this recipe brings a taste of Mexico to your kitchen. Don't forget to share your cooking experience and tag us on social media with your delicious creations!

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