Chicken Tinga Tacos

Here’s another dish I liked so much when I first tried it, I just had to find the recipe and make it for my family and myself. I tried these for the first time when I researched tacos for a blog about them, I never had them before, and promptly fell in love. This is not necessarily a beginners recipe, but it’s not by any means difficult. And of course, as always, it’s so worth it!


What you’ll need:

  • 4 1/2 pounds skinless whole chicken legs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomato puree
  • 1 oregano sprig
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cilantro and lime wedges
  • flour tortillas


In a Dutch oven, heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, cumin,  oregano and coriander. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.


Add the chicken broth, tomato puree and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken , cover partially and simmer for 40 minutes.


Remove the chicken from the sauce and shred the meat, discard the bones. Add salt and pepper to taste to the sauce. Return the chicken to the pot. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Discard the bay leaves and oregano sprig. Stir in vinegar. Serve with flour tortillas, cilantro, lime and Cojita cheese (if so desired).


Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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