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Chicken Tinga

Servings:  3 (10-12 Tacos)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1⁄2 onion, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1–2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced (these are spicy hot peppers)
*1⁄2 teaspoon cumin, ground
*1⁄2 teaspoon smoked paprika, ground
*1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano

*Substitute with 2 teaspoons Tijerina Carnitas Spice Blend!  

1⁄2 cup fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 ripe tomato, (Roma preferred), seeds removed and diced
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
3 cups shredded cooked chicken, to keep it simple, grocery store rotisseries works great!


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 30-45 seconds more. Stir in the chipotles, *cumin, *smoked paprika and *oregano or Tijerina Carnita Spice Blend and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, broth and salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool 5-10 minutes.
  5. Put the tomato mixture in a blender (let cool first) or use an immersion blend and blend until smooth. (Do not use hot liquids in a blender, may cause severe burns, let the mixture cool)
  6. Return the sauce to the pan over low heat and add the chicken. Cook for 5 -8 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Salt to taste.

At this time you may add this to tortillas and top with whichever ingredients you like;  avocado, crema, cilantro, lime, queso fresco or cotija cheese, radish, pickled onion, etc.

Sometimes I like to add it to leftover rice for a quick power bowl lunch! Or add a bit of black beans!  Yum!


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