I can attest to the authenticity of this recipe! I lived in Mexico City in the early 1990's and I was taught many recipes by my Mexican sister in law while there. Tinga was one of them. The only thing that I would add is that I was taught to make the tinga using equal amounts of onion and chicken (not by weight, but by volume). My sister in law was very specific about this...She said, "if you use a pile of chicken this big, you must use a pile of onions this big!" We always sauteed the onions in a small amount of butter until transparent then added the chicken and the tomato/chipotle mixture. Always served atop a tostada with a dollop of Mexican crema. My SIL was born and raised in Oaxaca - so perhaps her onion rule was a regional one. I've made this for my immediate and extended family on many occassions, and they all keep coming back for more. A huge hit!
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I can attest to the authenticity of this recipe! I lived in Mexico City in the early 1990's...