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Tinga de Pollo Tostadas

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Tinga de Pollo Tostadas are a classic Mexican dish that is surprisingly healthy and easy to make. It is one of our favorite meals that comes together fast!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I could eat Mexican food all day every day. Seriously. And really, it’s not all that unhealthy. As long as you avoid frying and using too much cheese…

Tinga de Pollo tostadas are such a simple, but delicious healthy recipe that you and your family will LOVE!

Tinga de Pollo is made using chipotle peppers, but it’s not that spicy. In fact, I’ve been feeding the seasoned chicken to my son since he was 9 months old. It’s one of his favorites.

The best part about this is you can whip it up in about 10 minutes if you use a pre-made rotisserie chicken.

I always grab the giant $5 ones from Costco when I’m planning on making these. I only use the breast meat and then legs, thighs, and wings are reserved for another meal during the week.

These chicken tostadas are a classic Mexican recipe. The basics of the recipe are always the same: tomatoes, chipotle peppers, onion, and chicken breast.


Tinga is all protein, super healthy! Use store bought tostadas instead of homemade for less fat 😋 my kids LOVE this recipe ❤️#healthymexicanfood #momtok #latinafitmom #momsoftiktok #momsover30 #healthylifestyle #kidfriendly

♬ Ahora Te Puedes Marchar – Luis Miguel

Assembling your Tinga de Pollo tostada:

Typically you wanna slather a little sour cream on the tostada first, then pile on the meat. After that you can add queso fresco, shredded lettuce, tomatillo salsa or whatever your heart desires. Try it with our homemade guacamole or our easy refried beans 😉

Aside from tostadas, I also love to use this tinga recipe as a the stuffing for my empanadas. I don’t make empanadas often because they are deep fried & carb heavy, but trust me, they are amazing with this spicy chipotle chicken filling.

Yield: 4 servings

Tinga de Pollo Tostadas

Tinga de Pollo tostadas are a such an easy, authentic Mexican meal that is so easy to make and surprisingly healthy!

Tinga de Pollo Tostadas are a classic Mexican dish that is surprisingly healthy and easy to make. It is one of our favorite meals that comes together fast!


  • Breast meat from 1 large rotisserie chicken
  • 7 Chipotle peppers, diced (canned chipotle peppers) *
  • 1/4 white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • small handful of cilantro, stems removed
  • 8 tostadas
  • Sour cream or nonfat, plain Greek Yogurt spread over each tostada (optional but recommended)
  • Queso Fresco topping (optional)


  1. In a pot boil 3 roma tomatoes for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes to a blender with 1/4 cup chicken stock, garlic, and chipotles.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. In a large pan on medium heat, spray with canola oil cooking spray.
  5. Add onion. Cook until translucent.
  6. Pour in sauce and simmer for a couple minutes.
  7. Add in shredded chicken & cilantro.
  8. Stir to make sure chicken is evenly coated in sauce mixture.
  9. Serve over tostadas.


We assemble our tostadas with nonfat, plain Greek yogurt spread over them first & topped with about 2 ounces of the chicken tinga mixture. Nutrition facts calculated without queso fresco.

* The chipotle peppers are from the canned chipotles in adobo. We love La Costeña brand. You should only need one can. I then just pick out the individual peppers.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tostadas

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 11gCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 38g


Monday 9th of November 2020

Hi! Looking forward to making this tostada recipe. Are your chipotles fresh? I've seen canned chipotle in adobo, but I don't recall seeing canned plain chipotles. Thanks for the recipe and thanks for the guidance! :) I can hardly wait to make these!

Lexi @ That Fit Fam

Friday 13th of November 2020

I am so sorry I wasn't able to respond sooner. They are the canned chipotles in adobo. I will update the recipe to clarify =)

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Friday 6th of October 2017

Have you heard of "Panuchos" with pickled habanero? I would love to learn to make those. ☺

Lexi @ That Fit Fam

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

no I haven't, but I definitely want to now! I love learning new dishes!

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