You might be asking, “What is a tinga?!” Simply put, a tinga is a Mexican style meat that can be served in just about any Mexican dish… Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tamales, etc. It is made with chipotle chiles and slowly simmered to absorb the flavors, and it is truly delicious! To be honest, I was very apprehensive when I first opened the can of chipotle peppers, because it did not smell like anything I had ever tasted before, and I didn’t want to taste anything that smelled like that… but faith prevailed and I went ahead with the recipe and was never sorry for it! Just a side note… It does not taste the way the chipotle chiles smell, and I was impressed with how much it tasted like other authentic Mexican chicken dishes I have had before. I am not one for fake Mexican food. I want the real deal. This is pretty real. :)
6 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 TBS oil
1/2 of a purple onion, chopped
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (7 oz) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 cup water
Heat the oil over medium-high heat, in a large pot. When the oil is hot add the onions and saute until transparent. Combine the water, crushed tomatoes and chipotle peppers in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour the tomato mixture into the pot with the onions (once they are transparent) and let it come to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium, then add the shredded chicken, and stir until it is coated. Cover the pot and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Remove the chicken tinga from the heat. Serve it with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, etc. in any Mexican dish, such as burritos, tostadas or tacos.