Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This Mexican inspired slow cooker chicken tinga is full of flavor and so versatile!



  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 34 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped [see note]
  • 14.5 oz can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Serve with

  • Corn tortillas
  • Refried beans
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sliced avocado
  • Cotija cheese
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and sliced onions. Sauté for 4 minutes until they begin to soften. Add in the minced garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant. 
  2. Add the onions and garlic into a crockpot/slow cooker, followed by the chicken breasts, fire roasted tomatoes, chipotle peppers, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Using tongs, mix ingredients until all combined. Set crockpot on low for 6-7 hours.
  3. Remove chicken breasts after time is complete and set on a cutting board. Using two forks, shred the chicken. Add the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and mix with all of the juices. 
  4. You can make tacos with the shredded chicken tinga by grilling the corn tortillas or you can fry them to make tostadas. Then spread refried beans on the tortilla, followed by shredded lettuce, then the chicken tinga, topped with avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro.


  • If you do not like very spicy, only use 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Time crunch? Cook on high setting for 3-4 hours, internal temperature of chicken should be 165 degrees F. I recommend utilizing the low setting and longer cooking time for flavor and texture purposes.

Keywords: chicken tinga, chicken tinga tacos, slow cooker, crockpot