Spicy Chicken Tostadas (Tinga de pollo)

“Tinga de pollo”: A classic Mexican dish made with shredded chicken and cooked in a spicy tomato-based sauce.

The first time I heard the word “tinga” I got a little scared. I though my friend Marisol was cursing at me lol! but to my surprise she was referring to an authentic Mexican dish.Tinga de pollo is a chicken dish made with tomatoes, Chile chipotle in adobo sauce, and lots of onions; it could be used in quesadillas, tacos and my favorite…tostadas! which are  golden fried tortillas topped with a bunch of good stuff.

This recipe for spicy chicken tostadas is perfect for parties (5 De Mayo it’s almost here!); Make a buffet where friends and family can assembly their own tostadas and add as much toppings as they want. What I like about this recipe is that you can adjust the spiciness to your own taste by adding or cutting down on the chipotle peppers.  Also, you can only add the adobo sauce for a milder and smoky flavor.

Recipe for Spicy Chicken Tostada (Tinga de Pollo)

Makes about 6 to 8 tostadas

For the Tinga:

  • 2 to 3 pounds of boneless chicken breast
  • 2 Large onions, quartered
  • 2 Chiles Chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 medium red tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • Corn Tostadas

Toppings

  • Queso Cotija or Queso fresco, shredded
  • Fresh avocado slices
  • 1 can of refried beans, heated
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sour Cream

Preparation:

  1. Place the chicken and salt in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for about 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and remove the chicken from the liquid. Shred the chicken with two forks and set aside.
  2. Start making the sauce by blending the tomatoes, onions, chipotle peppers and garlic in a blender.
  3. In a large sauté pan heat the oil and sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar is brown. Add the chicken and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the mixture of tomatoes and onions to the pan. Lower the heat to medium-low and let the chicken simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Assemble the tostadas in the following order: place 1 tablespoon of the refried beans on each tostada, 2 tablespoons of chicken, add the cheese and any topping that you want. Serve immediately!

Aren’t they lovely? I think so 🙂

Try them today and let me know your thoughts

Happy Cooking!

Johanny

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

This classic tuna pasta salad is perfect for lunch, dinner or snack.

Tuna pasta salad has been eaten for years; its one of those dishes that everyone has a recipe.  A classic tuna salad consist of two ingredients–tuna and mayo. Now, a tuna pasta salad takes more than just tuna and mayo; colorful vegetables can be added to recipe for a more flavorful and hearty dish.

The recipe I’m sharing today it’s hearty and so colorful, and the best part is that you can make it in advance, and chill in refrigerator.

Recipe for Tuna Pasta Salad

  • 1 box (7oz) small pasta shells or penne pasta, boiled and drained
  • 2 cans of tuna in water, drained
  • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • small onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cooked green peas
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. In a large salad bowl combine tuna, mayo, onions, celery, red pepper, peas and fresh lime juice.
  2. Add the cooked pasta and season with salt and pepper, toss to coat.
  3. refrigerate for at least an hour.

Next time you feel like preparing something easy and delicious, try this pasta salad. The whole family will surely enjoy it!

Now tell me, What ingredients do you like to include in your tuna pasta salad?

Let us know!

Happy Cooking y’all!

Johanny

 

 

 

Bistec encebollado ( Beef with onions)

Bistec encebollado (beef with onions) is a traditional Latin recipe. The meat is marinated with vinegar and spices, then sautéed and topped with cooked onions.

Bistec encebollado or beef with onions, is one of the most simple recipes that you can make. It is not the same as carne guisada (stewed beef) which is known to be cooked in a tomato-based sauce, and  it’s fairly easy to make ( less time cooking!).

I remember growing up, we used to eat bistec encebollado with white rice and beans, but you can definitely eat it with fried plantains (tostones), Yuca or any other side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 lb. of Sirloin steak, thinly slice.
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Large onion, sliced into rings

For the marinated

  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dry oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Preparation:

In a large bowl or food storage bag, mix together garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper, vinegar and oil. Add steak and toss to combine. Seal or cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 30 min.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear steak 3 to 5 minutes on each side and transfer to plate.

In the same skillet cook the onions (add more oil if necessary) for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned.

Topped the cooked steak with the onions and served over white rice or with tostones.

Oh my, this post made me hungry! In fact, as I write it  I remember I have some leftover from this recipe.

So my dear friends until next time, and as always…

Happy Cooking!

Johanny

 

2017 New York Baby Show+ giveaway!

As a blogger, I’m always looking forward to attending new events and shows, and the 2017 New York Baby Show is not exception. Although my mini-me is 12 years old, I do have little nieces and nephews, so I get super excited when I get invited to these kind of gatherings; besides being able to attend these events, it allows me to share with my friends and family what’s “coming soon”.

That’s why I’m super happy to attend the 2017 New York Baby Show for the first time! This show will take place on May 20 & 21 at Pier 94. The New York Baby show once again will be the largest show for new and expecting parents in the country; It provides a great experience for thousands of expecting mommy’s and new families from the New York City area and neighboring counties like no other event.

So, if as a parent you are seeking for a family friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, learning, and of course lots of fun, then the Baby Show is for you!! And guess what? I’m giving away 10 free tickets (family or individual) to my readers just click here!

Hurry up! once the free tickets are gone the code will not longer work; If so, don’t worry you can still get your tickets 50% off right here!

Normal ticket price to attend the New York Baby Show is $30 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per person.

Remember the New York Baby Show is like no other… Will I see you there? I hope so!

Xo,

Johanny

Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets on behalf of Momtrends to attend this event. All opinions are my own.