Recipe by NANCHE30
"This authentic Mexican recipe I picked up while living in Mexico. It has a spicy, smoky flavor from chipotle peppers. It is perfect for a buffet where people can serve themselves and even better heated up as leftovers the next day! If this is too spicy for you, try using less chipotle peppers."
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bone-in chicken breast halves
onions, thinly sliced
1 (7 ounce) can
chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
chicken bouillon granules
salt and pepper to taste
Just wanted to add a note as I live in Mexico and cook chicken tinga alot. One of the main ingriedents in traditional Tinga is Cinnamon. It plays a huge part in the flavour. I would add 1 cinnamon stick rather then the powder but both work well. Also a whole can of Chipotle´s would be very hot I would reccomend using 2-3 chipotles and also adding 1 tablespoon of sugar
When you prepare the tostada it usually goes as follows, a layer or refried bean on the tostada, then shreded lettuce, then the tinga, and then sour cream topped of with a bit of shredded cotija cheese. :)it's a lot better this way.
Excellent! I made this in my crock pot and it turned out great. It was also SUPER easy that way - no boiling and the chicken basically falls apart after 8 hours on low, so shredding is piece of cake. (I put the chicken breasts in the crock pot with the sauteed onions & garlic; then I blended the tomatoes & peppers and put those in there as well to cook all day.) The first time I made this I used WAY too many peppers (I was trying to do a half batch) and we couldn't even eat it. But the second time we got the spice level right for us and it was a hit - about one whole chipotle pepper per tomato. We also like to put black beans on the tostada with it. Very unique, authentic flavor!
very authentic flavor! (Needed some salt though.)
If you are like me and like flavors with "a kick" but not TOO spicy go by the equal portions rule.
6 breasts (can use boneless if you like)
6 tomatoes (large... or two large drained cans of whole tomatoes which are usually smaller)
6 peppers (and scoop out some extra sauce.
Use this ratio to prepare however much or little you want. Using 6 breasts will give you PLENTY of food... easily enough for 8 adults and handful of toddlers. I crockpot cooked mine... it was awesome.
When I was in Mexico, they served tinga like this:
Spread with some mashed or pureed black beans (I use refried sometimes)
Spread with tinga
Spread with cheese and cream.
The cream is essential. If you don't know this healthy trick already, a great, healthy substitute for sour cream is plain yogurt... mmmm... full fat is the best. You can substitute it in for all your sour cream needs.
Great recipe, it's authentic! Here's a tip for managing the spiciness of this dish (especially when some of your family doesn't do spicy and some like it HOT): Instead of blending the whole can of chipotles into the sauce, only blend in maybe one (you can never tell just how hot a given can will be). Then pull a few whole peppers out of the can and add them to the final mixture. Let them simmer in there to get that delicious smoky flavor, but avoid breaking them up, since the spiciness will mix into every bite if they are in pieces and the seeds get out. Finally, blend the remainder of your can into a paste that each person can smear onto his or her tostada according to spiciness preferences.
Also - don't worry about your tomatoes being too juicy. This dish *should* be a little watery (a little juice will slide off the tostada); if it's really, really too watery, then a) serve it with a slotted spoon or b) let it simmer down for a while and it will thicken just like spaghetti sauce does. Goes great with Agua de Jamaica (an easy and delicious hibiscus tea).
Fantastic! We loved these tostados. To save time I used a rotisserie chicken, and a large can of whole tomatos drained. Also, seven onions is a little excessive. I used three, and that was plenty. Very spicy...they just tasted great!
My husband is from Mexico..my Mother-in-Law makes this all the time, and I never thought to ask her how. Wanting to make it for dinner tonight, I searched for a recipe. This is all the ingredients, and it turned out the same. We don't use the sour cream. And I substituted ground beef for the chicken, the way MIL does sometimes. Put some shreded lettuce on top of the Tinga, and you're good to go!
This is a delicious and easy to prepare meal. After reading viewer comments regarding spiciness, I decreased the chipotles by half. After having tasted the recipe, though, in the future I will prepare the dish with the full chipotle recommendation. The sour cream and cheese nicely balance the spiciness of the sauce. I used fajita sized flour tortillas instead of tostadas. Fresh slices of avocadoes would be delicious wrapped with the chicken. I served these with cheese and jalepeno mashed potatoes.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chicken Tinga Tostados
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 514
** Calories from Fat: 244
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