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Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs

This Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga is out of this world! Flavorful, tender and juicy and so, so easy!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Slow Cooker
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 343 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 oz. ground chorizo sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (from a 7 oz. can)
  • 2 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • cotija cheese or queso fresco, for serving
  • tortillas, for serving
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to slow cooker.

  2. In the same skillet, cook chorizo, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until about 3 minutes. Add the chopped onion and continue to cook until onion is translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the chorizo and onions to the slow cooker. Add the garlic, crushed tomatoes, chipotle peppers, brown sugar, spices and bay leaves to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.

  3. Shred chicken with two forks. Discard bay leaves. Serve over rice or with tortillas.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga
Amount Per Serving
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 170mg57%
Sodium 1182mg51%
Potassium 683mg20%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 684IU14%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.