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Ensalada de Pollo (Mexican Chicken Salad)

Ensalada de pollo is a delicious Mexican recipe that uses up leftover shredded chicken and veggies and turns it into something amazing! Next you’ll have to try this Mexican tuna salad.

ensalada de pollo

Mexican chicken salad is a simple but yummy dish that’s perfect for the summertime.

We like to make Mexican chicken salad tostadas but you can also serve it with crackers or on bread.

And I have a feeling it would taste delicious in lettuce wraps.

Ensalada de pollo ingredients:

  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic salt
  • Black pepper
  • White onion
  • Celery
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Can of mixed veggies (drained)
  • Shredded chicken

What kind of chicken do I need to use?

This is up to you. Just don’t use canned chicken.

I have used canned chicken before in other recipes and it’s good but I wouldn’t use it in this particular recipe.

I suggest you either boil or bake your own chicken or buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery.

If you’re going to cook the chicken yourself I suggest either breasts or thighs or a combination of both.

My preferred way is the rotisserie chicken as it’s already cooked and all I have to do is shred it.

Do I have to use canned vegetables?

No, you don’t have to use canned vegetables. You can use frozen vegetables or you can use a combination of fresh and canned or fresh and frozen.

Use what you have available. I just find the canned vegetables much easier as they’re already cooked and ready to use.

How to make it

Put the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix.

sour cream and mayo

Then add the onion, celery, jalapenos and the juice and mix again.

mixing ingredients

Next add the can of veggies and the chicken.

preparing chicken salad

Mix until everything is evenly coated. Then put it in the refrigerator to chill before serving.

mexican chicken salad in a bowl

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What do you serve with ensalada de pollo?

We love to serve ensalada de pollo with tostadas or crackers.

It’s also delicious all by itself.

It’s yummy however you choose to enjoy it!

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Ensalada de pollo recipe

This is the best ensalada de pollo (Mexican chicken salad) ever! It’s super easy to make and it’s a great meal during the hot summer weather.

It’s a great dish to take to get togethers. Just make sure it stays cold.

It has dairy in it and it will spoil if left out too long.

ensalada de pollo on tostadas on a white plate

Give it a try! You’ll love it!

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ensalada de pollo
5 from 2 votes

Ensalada de pollo

Ensalada de pollo (Mexican chicken salad) is a super easy and delicious meal made from shredded chicken and veggies. It can be served with tostadas, crackers or bread.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword ensalada de pollo, mexican chicken salad, mexican chicken salad tostadas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 202 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos plus 2 tbs of the juice
  • 15 oz can of mixed veggies drained
  • 3 cups shredded chicken


  1. In a bowl combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic salt, and pepper and mix well.

  2. Add the onion, celery, jalapenos and the juice from the jalapenos to the bowl. Mix well.

  3. Next add the veggies and chicken and mix again until everything is well coated.

  4. Transfer to the fridge to chill for about an hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Ensalada de pollo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 648mg28%
Potassium 206mg6%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3807IU76%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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