Got leftover Tinga? Make Tingadillas! These Cheesy Chicken Tinga Quesadillas with Green Sauce will change the course of your day for the better -- also includes recipe for making Tinga from scratch |
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Tingadillas -- Cheesy Chicken Tinga Quesadillas

These Cheesy Chicken Tingadillas are the perfect way to use any leftover Tinga laying around.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 3
Calories: 700kcal
Author: Patrick Calhoun | Mexican Please


  • 4 tomatillos
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 chipotles in adobo
  • 1/2 cup stock
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano (use Mexican if you have it)
  • salt
  • dash cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts (or rotisserie chicken)
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • Monterey Jack cheese (or Mozzarella)

For the optional Avocado Salsa Verde:

  • 4 tomatillos
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 serrano pepper (or jalapeno)
  • 10 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 avocado


  • If you are cooking the chicken, cover 2 chicken breasts with water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
  • Roughly chop ½ an onion and peel 2 garlic cloves
  • Cook the onion and whole garlic cloves in a dollop of oil on medium heat until the onion is just starting to brown
  • You can pan roast the tomatoes and tomatillos if you want, but I usually just use the oven. Roast the tomatoes in the oven at 400F for 15-20 minutes. Add the tomatillos to the tomatoes about halfway through the roasting period as they need less time to roast than the tomatoes
  • Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes and tomatillos to a blender along with 3 chipotles in adobo (I usually scrape out the veins and seeds of the chipotles)
  • Pulse blend until combined well
  • Simmer this sauce in a dollop of oil on medium heat.
  • Add ½ cup stock, ⅛ teaspoon oregano, a dash of cumin, and a pinch of salt to the sauce.
  • Let reduce for 5-10 minutes
  • Add the shredded chicken and combine well with the sauce, bringing everything to a uniform temp.
  • Give a final taste before serving and add more adobo sauce if you want more heat, and add salt to taste.
  • Cover half of a flour tortilla with the Tinga mixture and add a healthy layer of shredded cheese.
  • Fold onto itself and cook each side over medium-high heat until crispy and brown spots are forming, approximately 3-4 minutes each side
  • Cut in half and serve immediately
  • For the Avocado Salsa Verde, fresh tomatillos will taste best if roasted in the oven at 400F until they turn army green, 10 minutes or so. No need to roast canned tomatillos.
  • Gather the 4 tomatillos, 1/2 onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 serrano (or jalapeno) and 10 sprigs of cilantro and pulse blend together
  • Add the avocado to the blender and pulse blend until combined
  • Salt to taste and add additional heat if desired (more serrano or jalapeno)


Canned tomatillos will disintegrate if you roast them so you can skip the roasting step if using canned.
Raw onion and cilantro are good options for extra Tingadilla filler if you want.
The Avocado Salsa Verde sometimes needs a few tablespoons of water to blend properly.


Calories: 700kcal