Chicken tinga cemita sandwiches

This chicken tinga cemita is a super easy and very flavorful weeknight sandwich. Chicken tinga can be used in tacos, nachos or even pizza, but this recipe focuses on a fantastic cemita sandwich.
4 chicken tinga cemita sandwiches
schedule 10 minutes
schedule 30 minutes
schedule 40 minutes


Chicken tinga
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 chipotle, diced
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 15 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 14 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • meat from whole roasted chicken (3 to 4 cups)
Chicken tinga cemita sandwich
  • 4 cemita buns (click for my recipe)
  • 2 to 4 cups of chicken tinga (from above)
  • papalo leaves (or cilantro)
  • 1 to 2 avocados, scooped out and smashed with a pinch of salt
  • Mexican Oaxaca cheese, shredded


Chicken tinga: add a large skillet or pan to medium-high heat. 

Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and when it starts to shimmer, add diced onions, garlic, chipotle, adobo sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, chili powder, and chicken broth. Stir to combine everything.

Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally. After it starts to simmer, turn the heat down to medium-low.

Cover the pan and allow it to cook for 10 minutes. 

After 10 minutes add the tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and stir everything up. Add chicken, stir and cook for another 2 to 5 minutes, until the chicken is warmed through.

Make the sandwich: toast your cemita buns if you prefer. 

Spread avocado onto the bottom bun. Sprinkle with salt

Add a heaping quarter cup of chicken tinga on top of the avocado.

Top chicken with shredded Oaxaca cheese. 

Sprinkle on a healthy amount of papalo or cilantro leaves.

Add the top of the bun to the sandwich. Serve and enjoy. 

Have you made this recipe? Tag @beerinator and let him know!



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