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12 tacos; about 4 servings
To go the classic street food route, look for 4- to 6-inch corn tortillas and use 2 stacked tortillas per taco.
Prepare or have ready:
Twelve 6-inch corn or flour tortillas, warmed, or 12 taco shells
Meanwhile, place in separate serving bowls:
Sliced red radishes
Crumbled Cotija, or shredded Monterey Jack, Cheddar, or queso fresco
Pico de Gallo, Table Salsa, and/or Guacamole
Sour cream or crema
Transfer the filling to a serving bowl. Wrap the warm tortillas in foil or place the taco shells in a basket. Allow guests to assemble their own tacos.
4 or 5 servings
If desired, use 3 canned chipotles in adobo sauce in place of the dried chiles; add them directly to the blender.
Adjust an oven rack so it is 4 inches from the heating element.
Preheat the broiler.
Heat in a dry skillet over medium heat:
3 dried chipotle chiles, stemmed and seeded
Press the chiles flat with a spatula. Toast the chiles, turning once or twice, until fragrant, 1 minute or less. Transfer the chiles to a small heatproof bowl and add:
Boiling water to cover
Set aside. Meanwhile, place on a baking sheet:
5 plum or Roma tomatoes
1 small onion, peeled and cut into 4 wedges
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
Broil, turning the vegetables every 5 minutes. Remove the garlic after 8 to 10 minutes or when the peel is slightly singed. The vegetables are ready when they are soft and charred, 15 to 20 minutes. Peel the garlic. Transfer the tomatoes, onion, and garlic to a blender. Drain the chipotles (reserving the soaking liquid) and add the chiles to the blender along with:
1 teaspoon salt
Puree. Heat in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Add in batches, without crowding, and cook, turning once, until golden, about 5 minutes on each side:
2 pound bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
Pour the chipotle sauce into the skillet. Add ½ cup reserved chipotle soaking liquid or water to the blender and swish it around to loosen the remaining sauce, then pour it into the skillet. Bring the sauce to a simmer, cover, and cook, simmering gently over medium-low heat, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and use two forks to shred it. Save the bones for stock or discard them, and return the shredded chicken to the sauce.