This Chicken Tinga taco recipe is so delicious and super easy to make. The flavor is rich and deep, you will keep going back for one more…..
Rich tomato taste with smoky chipotle, super juicy and tender chicken, it is just so good!
Chicken Tinga Tacos
Chicken Tinga tacos are typically made with chipotle peppers, tomatoes and onion. I love making this dish because these ingredients create a really tasty smoky flavored tomato sauce. Making these in the slow cooker is always so good because the sauce marinates the chicken into deliciousness! I get so excited. When I go eat at a restaurant or a taco truck the traditional way to eat these is as a tostada with refried beans under the meat, topped with avocado, lettuce, cheese, crema and salsa. However, for a weeknight or Sunday prep, we like turning them into tacos!
The ingredients really come together in two components with two delicious flavors…the seasoning and sauce. First, I make a basic taco seasoning (if you don’t want to make it homemade, a packet from the store will work too). Ingredients in your taco seasoning will include salt, onion powder, paprika, cumin, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and chili powder.
Mix the seasoning together in a bowl and then spread generously over the chicken breasts to fully cover them.
Next, we can get the sauce ready in the crockpot, adding a can of fire roasted tomatoes with chilies, a can of tomato paste, 2 chipotles in adobo sauce finely chopped with added sauce from the can (about one tablespoon) and 1 cup of chicken broth.
Place the seasoned chicken into the crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours.
Once the chicken has fully cooked, they will shred easily before serving. Then construct your tacos with your favorite toppings. I enjoy these with a well-oiled corn tortilla and slightly pan fried, however my husband went full on flour tortilla with these and was obsessed! This is a never-ending debate in our home. Ha!