Freezer Meal Chicken Tinga

Tacos with chicken tinga and onion.

Yes, you CAN make Freezer Meal Chicken Tinga so that these tacos are available to you at your beck and call.

This chicken is some of the BEST for tacos – it’s saucy, just the right amount of spicy, and doesn’t need a ton to go with it to complete the taco – maybe just a little cilantro, lime, and avocado. We often use this chicken tinga for other recipes, too, like rice bowls or other goes-with-anything types of meal prep.

It’s a workhorse. I love this recipe.

How To Make Freezer Meal Chicken Tinga

Okay, first, you need to blend everything for your sauce. This takes about five seconds. Pour your sauce over your chicken and freeze it up! Done.

A transparent packet full of chicken tinga and with a label written over it.

When you’re ready for fresh chicken tinga tacos straight out the freezer, just grab your frozen stuff, pop it in the Instant Pot, and wait for the magic.

A bowl of chicken tinga.

Sometimes I let it simmer for a minute to get nice and saucy… and sometimes I just dive into it because TACOS.

Chicken Tinga tacos on a plate.

This is one of our favorite freezer meals to prep in advance! Prepare to have your taco horizons expanded greatly.

Chicken Tinga tacos on a plate.

Freezer Meal Chicken Tinga

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


This Freezer Meal Chicken Tinga is THE BEST! Just mix it all together in a bag, freezer, and you’ve got saucy, spicy, real food perfection.



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • half of an onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 individual chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs


INSTANT POT: From frozen, 12-15 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 4 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Serve as tacos, or on a salad, or in a rice bowl, or in enchiladas…. limitless possibilities!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: chicken tinga tacos, freezer meal chicken tinga tacos, freezer meal tacos

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Frozen meals stored in bags.

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