Like pulled chicken? You will love slow cooker smoky and spicy chicken tinga or Mexican pulled chicken and it is about as versatile as dishes come. You can make tacos, burritos, tostadas or nachos! I like to make a big batch and freeze into family sized portions. Once I have it completely cooked in the slow cooker I pull it or shred it and then I add back to the slow cooker to keep it warm for serving. | ethnicspoon.com
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Slow Cooker Spicy Smoky Chicken Tinga

Slow cooker smoky and spicy chicken tinga or Mexican pulled chicken is about as versatile as dishes come. You can make tacos, burritos, tostadas or nachos! I like to make a big batch and freeze into family sized portions. Once I have it completely cooked in the slow cooker I pull it or shred it and then I add back to the slow cooker to keep it warm for serving.
Course Main dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken taco, pulled chicken, slow cooker, taco recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 8
Calories 310 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast boneless skinless
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion small, diced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 14 oz tomatoes can, petite diced
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

Toppings:

  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup red cabbage chopped
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese crumbled
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 8 flour tortillas

Instructions

  1. Place chicken, and the remaining ingredients except the toppings in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.  Stir every hour to combine the flavors. 

  2. After 3 hours check if the chicken will separate easily with a fork and then it is done. When done, transfer the chicken to a cutting board, and shred using two forks.

  3. Return to the cooker, and mix in with the juices.  Serve on four tortillas with avocado, red cabbage, crumbled cotija, and lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Spicy Smoky Chicken Tinga
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 741mg32%
Potassium 776mg22%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 780IU16%
Vitamin C 20.7mg25%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.