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Tostada de Tinga (Recipe)

Tostada de Tinga is a traditional Mexican dish. It’s made with shredded chicken that’s cooked in a sauce that includes tomatoes, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and sliced onions.

The chicken tinga is often served on a tostada, which is a crispy, fried tortilla. It can also feature a layer of refried beans. This dish is known for its rich and smoky flavor, thanks to the chipotle peppers.

It’s a popular choice for lunch or dinner in many parts of Mexico and has gained popularity worldwide for its delicious taste and texture.

About this recipe

Tostada de Tinga is the superstar of Mexican street food. It combines smoky chicken tinga with a crispy tostada base for a match made in culinary heaven.

Tostada de Tinga recipe background

Originating from Puebla, Mexico, Tinga is a shredded chicken dish that’s been spiced up with chipotle and onions. When it finds its way onto a tostada, magic happens.

A Bite of History

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Why make this recipe?

  • Versatile: Serve as an appetizer or main course.
  • Flavorful: Every bite is a fiesta in your mouth.
  • Quick: Done in under 30 minutes.

What does Tostada de Tinga taste like?

Imagine a smoky, slightly spicy chicken tinga topping a crisp, golden tostada. The textures and flavors are unreal.

What is in Tostada de Tinga?

  • Base: Tostadas
  • Main: Chicken Tinga
  • Accents: Lettuce, sour cream, and queso fresco

Equipment required for this recipe

  • Large skillet
  • Mixing bowls
  • Tongs
  • Cutting board


  • 4 tostadas
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 can chipotle sauce
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 head lettuce, shredded

Optional Toppings:

  • Queso fresco
  • Sour cream


  1. Sauté Onion: In a skillet until translucent.
  2. Add Chicken: Mix in shredded chicken and chipotle sauce.
  3. Simmer: Until flavors meld together.
  4. Assemble: Place chicken mixture on tostadas.
  5. Top: With lettuce, tomato, and optional toppings.

How to serve Tostada de Tinga

Serve immediately to enjoy the contrast of the crispy tostada and the juicy chicken tinga.

What to serve Tostada de Tinga with

  • Guacamole
  • Mexican rice

My recommendations and tips

  • Use store-bought rotisserie chicken for a quicker prep.
  • Freshly made tostadas offer the best crunch.

Tostada de Tinga storage ideas

Store the tinga and tostadas separately. Tinga can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Potential ingredients substitutes

Original IngredientSubstitute
Chipotle sauceSalsa Roja
Queso frescoFeta cheese

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 24g
  • Carbs: 20g
  • Fat: 12g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use beef instead of chicken?
  • Yes, beef tinga is also delicious.
  • Is it gluten-free?
  • Check your tostadas, but generally, yes.


Tostada de Tinga is not just another dish; it’s an experience. It’s the perfect blend of textures and flavors that will make you say, “More, please!” So go ahead, give it a whirl—you won’t regret it.

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