Tiny Tostadas of Smoky Chicken Tinga with Avocado and Aged Cheese

Tiny Tostadas of Smoky Chicken Tinga with Avocado and Aged Cheese
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Tiny Tostadas of Smoky Chicken Tinga with Avocado and Aged Cheese
Chef Rick Bayless

Tiny Tostadas of Smoky Chicken Tinga with Avocado and Aged Cheese

It’s rare to pass a restaurant, snack shop, or street stall in the Central Mexican town of Puebla without getting a whiff of the alluring aroma of shredded pork with smoky chipotle chile, tomato, and sweet onion. Tinga they call it, and they spoon it into soft tacos or crusty rolls. I like to serve tinga piled onto crispy tortillas (tostadas, tostaditas, or totopos, they call them), then top it with the typical Pueblan avocado and cheese. Tingas are often made with chicken, and occasionally chef Rick Bayless goes further afield, to shredded smoked fish or quail. This recipe comes from Negra Modelo.

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6
Servings
192
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

For the chicken, chef Rick Bayless either poaches, grills, or broils a large chicken breast or buys a small rotisserie chicken to shred.

Ingredients

  • ¾ Cup chipotle salsa
  • ½ of a 15-ounce can whole tomatoes, with half the can’s juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar, preferably cider vinegar
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 Cups (loosely packed) coarsely shredded, cooked chicken
  • Salt, about ½ teaspoon
  • 24 good-size corn tortillas chips, preferably homemade thick ones
  • 1 small ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into ⅛-inch pieces
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons finely grated Mexican queso añejo, Parmigiano, or Romano
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Directions

Combine the salsa, tomatoes with their juice, and the vinegar in a blender or food processor and purée.

In a large skillet, cook the onions in the oil over medium heat until crisp-tender and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.

Press the salsa mixture through a medium-mesh strainer into the skillet. Simmer, stirring regularly until quite thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken, cool, then taste and season with salt.

Arrange the chips on one or more serving platters. Top each with a heaping tablespoon of the chicken tinga, a few pieces of avocado, and a sprinkling of cheese and cilantro, and they’re ready to pass around.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
16%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
12g
9%
Protein
11g
24%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
11mg
1%
Choline, total
29mg
7%
Folate, total
10µg
3%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
18mg
6%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
153mg
22%
Selenium, Se
22µg
40%
Sodium, Na
298mg
20%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
2µg
13%
Water
43g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Chicken Tinga Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Tinga Cooking Tip

Legs take longer than breasts to cook. For more consistent results, mark the chicken on the grill and then finish cooking them in an oven.