The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

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The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

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Literally though, these chicken tinga tacos are the best.

B) Imagine how good they taste because juicy chicken, smoky chipotle, creamy avocado, zippy lime, and a charred tortilla just SING together, right? I promise you, they sing.

C) Do you have 20 minutes? Cool. You can make these because this is not fancy. This is just really, really delicious chicken tinga tacos.

This is one of those rare recipes that comes together so quickly and somehow still rivals a restaurant-quality meal. It is a recipe that, once you make it, you say: I will probably make these chicken tinga tacos every time I have friends over because it makes me look fancy with minimal effort. You also say: I need to memorize this recipe. You also say: How soon is too soon to make these again.

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

It is a miracle and a delight. A perfect taco unicorn.

How to make our Chicken Tinga Tacos :

Speaking of minimal, two things.

One: This recipe is from my friend Melissa’s cookbook coming out TOMORROW YO called . It is a beautiful, inspiring, and practical cookbook. Oh, hey, and one other thing! It’s also more than a cookbook. Melissa’s expertise isn’t just real life recipes – it’s getting your kitchen life structured in a way that removes the clutter and stress while bringing the art and the craft and the joy back to cooking.

You should definitely, absolutely get this book. I do not recommend cookbooks often, because, well, mostly we all just buy cookbooks and then get all our recipes online. I only recommend the ones I really think will be worth your while.

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

This is one that will be well-loved with splattered and dog-eared pages. This is one for real life. This will be worth your while.

You can click to find the book in Amazon-land.

Two: Naturally, being that this chicken tinga tacos recipe is from The Minimalist Kitchen cookbook, it is minimal.

Here’s what you do. You take the usual suspects and you make a sauce out of them.

Then you throw your sauce in a pan with your chicken.

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

Then you have chicken tinga for your chicken tinga tacos.

Avocado is necessary for these tacos , so you can either put some chunks of avocado on the tacos as Classy Melissa does in the book, or you can be like me who needs help with messy taco situations and you can just mash up your avocado on the bottom of the tortilla, like a little spread.

Pro tip: a little lime and garlic salt in your avocado mash won’t be sad. It won’t be sad at all.

Obviously, finally, you will lean hard into those toppings and generously sprinkle cilantro, red onion, and cotija over top to crown each beauty.

HELLO LOVER! That was so easy! Can you even with these.

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos


Chicken Tinga Tacos – the only chicken tinga tacos recipe you will ever need! Spicy, saucy, simple, and so fresh. Recipe is posted with permission from cookbook .


- 1 cup roughly chopped sweet onion

- 1–2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

- 3⁄4 cup canned crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken

- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


- Sauce: Heat a large skillet over medium. Once warm, add the oil and onion. Sauté for 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Stir in the chipotles, oregano, and cumin, and toast for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, stock, and salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 7 minutes.

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

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

- Chicken: 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.

- Serving: 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 for squeezing.

Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos: Blend all sauce ingredients . Add sauce to Instant Pot along with about a pound of chicken breasts. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Shred chicken in sauce and serve.

Spiciness: I like to use two chipotle peppers for optimal “medium” spiciness. If you want a mild version, just use one chipotle pepper. If you want it hot hot hot, go for three.

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos

Avocado Mash: I found my avocados sliding out of the tacos because I am a taco monster and things got a little messy. To make sure I got every ounce of avocado goodness possible, I mashed up the avocado, squeezed in some lime juice, sprinkled in some salt and a super light dusting of garlic powder, and spread that on my tortillas before adding the chicken.

CHAR YOUR TORTILLAS PLEASE: Place directly over a gas flame to char the edges. Place on a plate, and cover with a towel to steam.

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These look absolutely divine! Also, thank you for the book rec…headed to Amazon right after this! Do you recommend any specific brand of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce? Would love any recommendations there. ????

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