Because taco night doesn't have to be basic.

Updated: August 22, 2017

Let's be honest, you might plan Taco Tuesday with the margaritas in mind (there are tons of ways to make margs healthy, after all!) but once you whip up these creative chicken tinga tacos, you'll crave them every day of the week. Chicken tinga, FYI, is a Mexican dish made with shredded chicken and a sauce made of tomatoes, onions, and spices. Instead of defaulting to your usual ground beef, pork, or other taco recipe, give this healthy twist from Gonzalo Rivera, executive chef at Copita in San Fransisco, a try. Yes, it might take a little extra time, but it'll be worth it for that oh-so-authentic flavor.

Chicken Tinga Tacos Recipe

Total time: 1 hour

Serves: 6


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 yellow onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoons dry oregano

1 bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

8 plum tomatoes, diced

1/8 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons chipotle paste

Meat from 1/2 roasted chicken, shredded

1 pack of 12 hot corn tortillas or cabbage leaves

Salt to taste

Corn or flour tortillas

Optional garnish:

1/4 cup shredded queso fresco (soft Mexican cheese found at your local Latino super store)

1 cup sour cream

1 avocado sliced

Cilantro sprigs


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