Beef Tinga

Shredded beef tinga in a spicy chipotle sauce. Slice up lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapenos, and avocados for topping. Prepare tostadas with beef, toppings, sour cream, and queso fresco (fresh Mexican cheese).

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


  • 5 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into large chunks

  • 1 onion, quartered

  • water to cover

  • 3 tablespoons salt

  • 4 tomatoes

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules


  1. Place beef and quartered onion in a large pot; pour in enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Stir in salt. Cook for about 2 1/2 hours.

  2. Add tomatoes to the boiling beef; cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Transfer tomatoes to a blender using a slotted spoon. Add chipotle peppers and 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid from the pot. Blend well and set aside.

  4. Remove beef chunks from the pot, reserving remaining cooking liquid. Shred beef with 2 forks; discard any excess fat.

  5. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium pot. Saute sliced onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add shredded beef and saute for about 5 minutes. Pour in blended chipotle sauce. Add more of the reserved cooking liquid, if needed, to reach the desired consistency. Bring to a boil. Stir in chicken bouillon and simmer for about 5 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Use a beef shoulder roast if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

204 Calories
15g Fat
4g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 1326mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 161mg 3%

* 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.