Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos


Chicken stewed in a spicy tomato sauce is easy to make and delicious for tacos or tostadas.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 20 mins
10 servings


  • 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup Mazola® Corn Oil

  • 3 cups roughly chopped onion

  • 5 plum tomatoes, cored and chopped

  • 2 individual chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or more to taste), finely chopped (from a 7-ounce can)

  • 2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Minced Garlic

  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth

  • Warm corn or flour tortillas or crisp 6-inch tostadas

Toppings for Tacos or Tostadas:

  • Shredded lettuce

  • Diced tomatoes

  • Shredded or crumbled Mexican cheese

  • Fresh cilantro

  • Avocado slices or guacamole


  1. Pat chicken dry using paper towels. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken to skillet and cook until lightly brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to 6-quart slow cooker. Repeat with remaining chicken. Add 2 tablespoons oil and onions to skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until onions begin to soften.

  2. Add to slow cooker with tomatoes, chipotles, garlic and chicken broth. Mix well. Cook for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH or 4 to 6 hours on LOW. The Tinga Chicken is ready when the chicken is tender and can be easily pulled apart. Shred chicken pieces using two forks. Serve Tinga with warm tortillas or crisp tostadas and arrange toppings in small bowls. Top as desired.


Recipe Note: Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can be found in the Latin/Hispanic section of most grocery stores. Adjust spiciness by adding more or less of the peppers and the adobo sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
12g Fat
14g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 221mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 431mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.