Fiesta Chicken Tinga Tacos


Imagine tender, succulent chicken infused with a tantalizing blend of smoky chipotle peppers and aromatic spices, all slowly simmered to perfection. That's what you get with these Fiesta Chicken Tinga Tacos, a dish that transforms your kitchen into a vibrant Mexican fiesta. Perfect for busy weeknights or a relaxed weekend gathering, these tacos are a fuss-free culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds and leave everyone craving for more.

Fiesta Chicken Tinga Tacos

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes (high setting) or 7 hours 20 minutes (low setting)

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 2 tacos per person

Nutritional Profile

  • Calories: 350 kcal per serving
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 500mg
  • Fiber: 6g


  • Chicken breast (boneless, skinless): 900g (2 pounds or 32 ounces)
  • Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce: 118g (4 ounces)
  • Fire-roasted diced tomatoes: 400g (14 ounces)
  • White onion, sliced: 150g (5.3 ounces)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 20g (0.7 ounces)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (0.18 ounces)
  • Dried oregano: 5g (0.18 ounces)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas: 12 pieces
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Lime wedges for serving

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Chicken Preparation: Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
  2. Sauce Creation: Blend the chipotle peppers and diced tomatoes until smooth. Pour this sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  3. Adding Aromatics: Add sliced onion, minced garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  4. Slow Cooking: Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7 hours, until the chicken is tender and easily shreds.
  5. Shredding Chicken: Once cooked, shred the chicken using two forks directly in the slow cooker. Mix well with the sauce.
  6. Assembling Tacos: Warm the tortillas, then spoon the chicken tinga onto each tortilla. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a milder version, reduce the amount of chipotle peppers.
  • Add a splash of chicken broth if the mixture seems too dry during cooking.
  • To keep tortillas warm and pliable, wrap them in a clean cloth after warming.
  • Top with avocado slices or a dollop of sour cream for extra richness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Absolutely! Chicken thighs can provide a richer flavor and are more forgiving in terms of overcooking.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.

Is this dish spicy?

It has a medium spice level due to the chipotle peppers. You can adjust the heat by altering the amount of chipotle used.

Can I freeze Chicken Tinga?

Yes, it freezes well. Just thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.