The Chicken Tinga Tacos

4.9 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 20 mins
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Calories: 216 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


The ultimate Chicken Tinga Tacos recipe is spicy, saucy, yet so simple! It's a super quick meal to throw together, but still delicious enough to impress even the fancier crowd.


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  1. Heat a large pan on medium heat with olive oil. Add the onion. Stir-fry the onions for approximately 4 minions or until cooked through. Add the garlic and then continue to cook for 30 seconds more. Add the chipotles, oregano, and cumin, and continue to fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, stock while bringing it to a simmer, cook for 7 minutes and add salt to your taste.

  2.  Place the tomato mixture in a high-powered or regular blender, and blend until smooth.

  3. Return the blended sauce to the pan over low heat. Add the chicken, and cook for 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt if necessary.

  4. Prepare the garnishes. To assemble, top the tortillas with the chicken and garnish with the avocado slices, cilantro, red onion, and cotija. Serve with a lime wedge.


  • Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. These cuts of chicken are lean and easy to cook.
  • Cook the chicken until it is cooked through. The chicken should be opaque throughout and have an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Shred the chicken or chop it into bite-sized pieces. This will make it easier to eat in the tacos.
  • Add your favorite toppings to the tacos.
  • Serve the tacos with your favorite sides. Some popular sides include rice, beans, and chips and salsa.
  • Get creative with your toppings. There are many different toppings that you can add to tacos. Don't be afraid to experiment and find what you like.
  • Use fresh ingredients. Fresh ingredients will make your tacos taste better.
  • Don't overcook the chicken. Overcooked chicken will be dry and tough.
  • Use good quality tortillas. Good quality tortillas will make your tacos more flavorful and enjoyable to eat.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long do I cook chicken for tacos?

The cooking time for chicken tacos will depend on the cooking method you are using. If you are grilling the chicken, it will take about 10-12 minutes per side, or until it is cooked through. If you are pan-frying the chicken, it will take about 5-7 minutes per side, or until it is cooked through. If you are baking the chicken, it will take about 20-25 minutes, or until it is cooked through.

What are some other toppings that I can add to chicken tacos?

In addition to the traditional toppings of shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cilantro, you can also add other toppings to chicken tacos, such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans, and avocado. You can also get creative and add other ingredients, such as pineapple, mango, or corn.

How do I store leftover chicken tacos?

Leftover chicken tacos can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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