Beef Tinga


Serve up your beef tinga with a platter full of tortillas and toppings.

Beef Tinga
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
6 cups


  • 1 ½ pound boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 8 ounce uncooked chorizo, casings removed if present

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 - 2 canned chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped*

  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano or dried regular oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Thinly sliced fresh jalapeño chile pepper,* queso fresco, and/or chopped red onion (optional)

  • Flour and/or corn tortillas (optional)


  1. Sprinkle beef lightly with salt and black pepper. In a Dutch oven heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef, half at a time; cook until browned. Return all beef to Dutch oven. Add enough water to cover meat. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, about 1 hour or until meat is tender. Remove meat from liquid, reserving liquid. When meat is cool enough to handle, thinly slice meat. Skim fat from the reserved cooking liquid.

  2. In the same Dutch oven cook chorizo, onion, and garlic over medium heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain on paper towels. Return chorizo mixture to Dutch oven. Add 1 1/2 cups (or more if desired) of the reserved cooking liquid, the beef, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, oregano, and cumin. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. If desired, top with jalapeño slices, queso fresco, and/or red onion. If desired, serve with tortillas.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

399 Calories
25g Fat
6g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 399
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 649mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 9.4mg 47%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 869mg 18%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 4.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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