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These mini tortilla shells filled with pulled chicken and blackbeans are perfect for a casual lunch with friends.
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Mexican pulled chicken with black beans

This lightly spiced pulled chicken with black beans is ideal for filling tortillas and tacos. Make ahead or freeze in advance.
Servings: 4 Serves 4
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins


For the pulled chicken

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion - peeled &chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - Peelied chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 tsp chilli flake - according to taste
  • 1 tsp tsp sweet paprika
  • 6 skinless - boneless chicken thighs each cut into quarters
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbs heaped honey
  • 1 can black beans - drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tps pickled jalapeños

To Serve

  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Limes


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
  • Pour the oil into a small cast iron casserole dish. Fry the onion over a low heat until translucent, then add the garlic.
  • Grind the cumin, coriander and chilli. Add the spice mix and the sweet paprika to onion and garlic and fry until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken pieces and cook for a few minutes. Add tomato and few slices of fresh chilli according to taste. Stir in the honey.
  • Place the lid on the casserole and cook in the oven for an hour.
  • When cooked, shred the chicken, stir through the black beans, add the pickled jalapeños with some of the vinegar to balance the sweetness of the chicken if desired.
  • If the sauce needs thickening mix the cornflour with a little water to make a thin paste and stir through the chicken mixture. Return to the oven to heat through.
  • To serve spoon the pulled chicken into 12 mini tortilla shells, and top with the grated cheese. heat in the oven until piping hot, and the cheese has melted.
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 11.2mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican pulled chicken