Tinga Hamburguesas with Cotija-lime Slaw

Veronica Callaghan


This delicious burger was inspired by Mexican Tinga, a shredded meat dish that is often made with pork, chicken or beef cooked with chorizo and served with avocodos and tomatoes. This spicy mouthful of a burger is cooled off with a tangy slaw accented with lime juice and Cotija cheese.

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This burger - and slaw - is fantabulous! A veritable flavor fest. The Test Kitchen

★★★★★ 3 votes
6 serving
10 Min
10 Min


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2 lb
freshly ground beef chuck
8 oz
mexican chorizo
bay leaf, crumbled
1 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 c
grated onion
chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
1 tsp
mexican oregano
1 tsp
fresh thyme
2 Tbsp
tomato paste
1/4 c
fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper


1 1/2 c
shredded napa cabbage
1/4 c
finely chopped red onion
2 Tbsp
freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp
minced pickled jalapenos
1 c
shredded cotija cheese
1/2 c
sour cream
1/4 c
fresh cilantro, finely chopped


oil to brush the grill
sesame seed topped sturdy hamburger rolls
tomato slices
avocados, thinly sliced

How to Make Tinga Hamburguesas with Cotija-lime Slaw


  • 1Preheat a grill to medium high heat.
  • 2In a large bowl combine the beef, sausage, bay leaf, garlic, onion, chipotle peppers, tomato paste oregano, thyme, cilantro, salt and pepper. Form the meat into six equal sized patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
  • 3In another large bowl combine the cabbage, onion, lime juice, jalapeno peppers, Cotija, sour cream and cilantro; stir to combine well. Cover with plastic wrap and keep cool while grilling the patties.
  • 4Lightly brush a grill rack with oil. Arrange the patties on the grill and cook 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare. During the last 2 minutes of grilling, arrange the rolls split side down on the grill to lightly toast.
  • 5To assemble the burgers, divide the slaw between the bottom rolls. Arrange patties on top of the slaw and top each with a tomato slice followed by avocado slices, evenly dividing. Top with the remaining roll halves and serve immediately.

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About Tinga Hamburguesas with Cotija-lime Slaw

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #Tomato, #burger, #avocado

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