This spicy Mexican tinga sauce is a favourite in our house. It’s tangy and packs a great dose of heat, perfect for any burrito bowl, nachos, or enchiladas!
I am an advocate of batch cooking so I like to make a big batch of this recipe and portion it off into tiny containers for freezing. Whenever I fancy a dollop on a burrito bowl, I just microwave it for a few minutes and I’m good to go.
This sauce is not for the faint-hearted. It’s very spicy! Just look at the depth of colour in that chipotle paste! If you fancy something with a kick but you’re not sure whether you want to give this recipe a bash, just use a quarter or half the amount of chipotle paste I recommend in the ingredients.
I like to follow this recipe, then separately fry off some meat-free pieces, like Iceland’s No Chick pieces or TVP, and mix it all together. Yum!
I also recommend it as a pasta sauce! Mix it with some plain unsweetened dairy-free yoghurt to your taste, and heat through some penne with some green veg to shake up your weeknight meal plan. Spicyyyy.
Please post your tinga sauce creations for me to see!
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp chipotle paste
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp oregano
- 1 x 400g tin of tomatoes
- 125ml chicken or vegetable stock
- Juice of one lime
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Bay leaf
- Heat oil in a pot on a medium heat. Fry onion for around 8-10 minutes until softened.
- Fry off garlic for a further 2 minutes, and then add the paste, puree and spices and cook through for a further 2 minutes.
- Pour in the tinned tomatoes and heat through for a few minutes.
- Take the pot off of the heat and use a hand stick blender or pour it into a blender to blitz the mixture into a smoother sauce.
- Place the pot back on the heat and add the stock, lime juice, vinegar and bay leaf and bring to the boil. Once it's boiling, reduce to a simmer, and cook for around 15 minutes until thickened. It will be very spitty so have a pot lid handy to protect yourself from volcanic tinga sauce eruptions!