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A plate of chicken tinga
A plate of chicken tinga

Chicken Tinga (Spanish: tinga de pollo) is a Mexican dish made with shredded chicken in a sauce made from tomatoes, chipotle chilis in adobo, and sliced onions. It is often served on a tostada and accompanied by a layer of refried beans. It can be topped with avocado slices, crumbled cheese, Mexican crema, and salsa.


Although tinga is consumed throughout central and southern Mexico today, it is presumed to have a Pueblan origin.[1] In his Dictionary of Mexicanisms (1895), Francisco J. Santamaría defines "tinga" as a colloquial term to refer to something "vulgar" or "disorderly",[2] though he does not give the etymology of the word.


  1. ^ Muy Bueno Cookbook » Chicken Tinga
  2. ^ Miguel Angel Chen (2017-09-09). "Guisos tradicionales de los hogares mexicanos". Food and Travel México (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-05-09.