Torta de Tinga

Servings 4


  • 2 {Foster Farms boneless skinless chicken breast fillets}

  • ¼ onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 7 cups water (4 cups to boil chicken + 3 cups to boil tomatoes)

  • 3 tomatoes

  • ½ cup chipotle puree

  • pinch | dried oregano

  • -- | salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup cabbage, julienned

  • 1 cup red cabbage, julienned

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • -- | juice of half a lime

  • 4 bolillos

  • 1 cup refried black beans

  • 1 avocado, sliced

  • ½ cup queso fresco, crumbled

  • ½ cup Mexican crema


  • 1. In a medium saucepan, combine chicken, onion, one garlic clove, and 4 cups of water (or just enough to cover the chicken) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the internal temperature of the center of the thickest piece of chicken reaches 165°F. Always use a meat thermometer to determine the temperature. Once it is fully cooked, take chicken out and set aside for 20 minutes; then shred it and reserve the chicken stock.

    2. To prepare the tinga, place the tomatoes in a small saucepan and cover completely with water (about 3 cups). Bring the water to a boil over high heat, boil the tomatoes for 5 minutes, and then drain off the water. In a blender, combine the boiled tomatoes, onion and garlic from the chicken stock, the additional garlic clove, chipotle puree, oregano and about ½ cup of the reserved chicken stock. Blend on high speed to make a smooth puree. Add the blended mixture back into the saucepan containing the remaining chicken stock; bring to a boil and cook to reduce by half; add the shredded chicken to the reduced sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    3. Prepare the slaw by combining the cabbage, olive oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

    4. To serve, cut each bolillo in half lengthwise and spread refried beans on the bottom half. Add tinga, slaw, avocado, queso fresco, and a drizzle of Mexican crema.

COOK TO A SAFE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 165°F. ALWAYS use a meat thermometer to determine the temperature. Do not rely solely on suggested cooking times. Cooking appliances vary in temperature and cooking times are a GUIDE ONLY.