Tinga De Pollo

"Local source. Crema mexicana is available canned, fresh or you can make it at home yourself (the latter would be my first choice ex: Recipe #218458.) Creme fraiche or sour cream can be substituted. Use tinga de pollo as a topping for tostadas or sopes; as a filling for tacos or burritos."
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  • 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • 5 chipotle chilies en adobo sauce (can reduce amount to your preference)
  • 12 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 12 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 -2 medium white onion, thinly sliced into crescents
  • 4 -6 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • tostadas (tortillas or sopes)
  • Mexican crema (or substitute)
  • iceberg lettuce, shredded (or romaine)
  • queso fresco, crumbled


  • Heat a skillet up on high heat until a drop of water sizzles on contact.
  • Add tomatoes and roasts, turning several times, until blackened on all sides. (This can also be accomplished in the oven.).
  • Remove tomatoes and let sit until cool to touch. Cut into chunks and remove seeds if desired. Add to a blender with the chilies in adobo sauce, chicken stock, cumin and nutmeg. Blend until smooth.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add garlic and onions; saute 2-3 minutes until softened.
  • Add tomato-chile mixture and stir for 3 minutes to heat through.
  • Reduce heat to medium; add shredded chicken and simmer uncovered until most of the liquid has evaporated, approximately 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Preparing the tostadas: Take a tostada and spread a little bit of crema mexicana on it. Top with the prepared tinga mixture, shredded lettuce and queso fresco.
  • Other topping suggestions: homemade refried beans, fresh cilantro, avocado, etc.
  • Servings are estimated.

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  1. EliseFromMaine
    I used an entire can of chipotles in adobo sauce and this was fantastic. I've been trying to copy what my local Mexican restaurant makes and this is very close - one more dish I can make at home when I'm craving it.
  2. prairyerth
    This was quite delicious. I'm always looking for authentic cuisine from all different cultures and Mexican is one of my favorites! Made it exactly as written and it came out perfect! Thanks, it's going to be a routine dish around here.



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