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Ensalada de Pollo Mexicana (Mexican Chicken Salad)

Ensalada de pollo Mexicana or Mexican chicken salad is a delicious 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.

Tostadas de ensalada de pollo

Ensalada de pollo 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

Each cook has their own way of making ensalada de pollo so ingredients will vary between cooks. Here are the ingredients we use:

Sour cream

This will add a little tang to the ensalada


For adding creaminess.


We like to use garlic salt and black pepper.


We use onion, celery (for adding flavor as well as texture), pickled jalapenos and canned mixed veggies. Using canned veggies is a time saver as the veggies are already cooked and tender.

Shredded chicken

Any shredded chicken you have will work fine but rotisserie chicken is my favorite. They’re inexpensive and I like using the leftover meat for my ensalada de pollo Mexicana. Shredded rotisserie chicken will add additional flavor to the salad.

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.

How to make ensalada de pollo

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.

Ensalada de pollo in a bowl.

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What do you serve with ensalada de pollo?

We love to serve it with tostadas to make Mexican chicken salad tostadas. It’s great served with crackers as well. It’s also delicious all by itself. Honestly, it just plain delicious however you choose to serve it!

How long does Mexican chicken salad last in the refrigerator?

Store the ensalada de pollo in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will stay good for three days.

It’s important not to leave chicken salad out too long as it contains dairy and can spoil. I recommend not leaving it out at room temperature longer than an hour.

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.

Mexican chicken salad tostadas on a white plate.
ensalada de pollo
4.13 from 8 votes

Ensalada de Pollo Mexicana (Mexican Chicken Salad)

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, ensalada de pollo mexicana, mexican chicken salad
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 Mexicana (Mexican Chicken Salad)
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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Thursday 4th of January 2024

I’m a sahm and was looking for some quick and tasty recipes for lunch, it came out really good and I love that it’ll last at least 3 days I’ll probably get 6 tostadas out of it! I added some extra spices and topped with Valentina hot sauce and avocado, yum!!!


Thursday 4th of January 2024

I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for coming back and letting me know how it turned out!

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