March 29, 2022

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos made with tender chicken and all your favorite taco toppings! These easy tacos are sure to be your new favorite weeknight dinner!

Why You Will Love These Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

  • They’re EASY – making the chicken for these tacos could not be easier! just add all of the ingredients to the base of your slow cooker and let everything slow cook to perfection.
  • The tacos are incredibly delicious! – with minimal effort you’ll get the most delicious, tender, and moist chicken for perfect tacos!
  • Great for meal prep – the shredded chicken reheats quickly in the microwave and will last in the fridge for a few days which makes this a great meal prep recipe!

slow cooker chicken tacos ingredients

Taco Ingredients

Chicken Breast: you’ll need two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe

Salsa: grab a jar of your favorite tomato salsa to pour over the chicken

Lime Juice: this adds a bit of delicious lime flavor to the shredded chicken

Spices: a combination of dried spices help to add a ton of flavor in a little bit of time.

taco ingredients

Ingredient Substitutions and Questions

  • Chicken – if you prefer, feel free to use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breast.
  • Salsa – if you’re not a fan of tomato based salsa you could use a salsa verde instead!

Helpful Kitchen Tools

chicken, salsa, lime juice, and spices in slow cooker

How to Make Shredded Chicken Tacos in a Slow Cooker (Just 4 Simple Steps!)

Step One: Add the chicken, spices, salsa, and lime juice to the base of a slow cooker.

Step Two: Cook the chicken on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5hours until the chicken is tender and easy to shred.

Step Three: Remove the chicken breast from the slow cooker and use two forks to shred the meat. Return the meat to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and keep on warm until you are ready to eat.

Step Four: Assemble the tacos with the shredded chicken (drain a bit of the liquid before adding to the shell) and then your favorite toppings! Enjoy!

taco ingredients

My Favorite Topping Ideas

  • tortillas – you can go with grain free, flour, or corn
  • avocado – fresh slices of avocado are always delicious or make a batch of homemade guacamole
  • cilantro – fresh chopped cilantro is always the perfect finished
  • diced tomato – make a batch of homemade pico de Gallo or just some simple diced tomato
  • diced onion – red onion or white onion would both be delicious
  • Cotija – I love the salty bite that crumbled cotija cheese adds to these tacos
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream – a dollop of full fat Greek yogurt or sour cream is always a great option on tacos

shredded chicken in slow cooker base

Other Ways to Serve

One of the things I personally love about this recipe is how easy it is to use the shredded chicken for a variety of different things! Here are a few more ways use the shredded chicken.

Burrito Bowls: make a bed of cilantro lime rice and then pile on the chicken and all of your favorite toppings.

Taco Salads: feeling a salad? serve the shredded chicken on top of chopped romaine or mixed greens.

Lettuce Wraps: instead of tortillas you can use a bit of butter lettuce to serve the shredded chicken as lettuce wraps.

slow cooker chicken tacos with toppings

How to Store and Reheat

Store: you can store the shredded chicken in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Reheat: you can quickly reheat this chicken in the microwave for thirty seconds to a minute until heated through.

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slow cooker chicken tacos with toppings

I hope you give these Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos a try! They’re a delicious and easy option for lunch or dinner.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 116oz jar red salsa
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

For Serving

  • corn tortillas, for serving
  • avocado, for serving
  • cilantro, for serving
  • diced tomato, for serving
  • diced red onion, for serving
  • Cotija, for serving
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream, for serving

Method

  1. Add the chicken, spices, salsa, and lime juice to the base of a slow cooker.
  2. Cook the chicken on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5hours until the chicken is tender and easy to shred.
  3. Remove the chicken breast from the slow cooker and use two forks to shred the meat. Return the meat to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and keep on warm until you are ready to eat.
  4. Assemble the tacos with the shredded chicken (drain a bit of the liquid before adding to the shell) and then your favorite toppings! Enjoy!

Keywords: slow cooker chicken tacos, slow cooker shredded chicken tacos, how to make shredded chicken tacos in a slow cooker

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: THE MINDFUL HAPA

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  1. Hi! This recipe was delicious as per usual! I wanted to note that in the directions you forgot to mention to add the salsa to the crockpot 🙂 IT is an obvious step but figured you may want to add 🙂

    Thank you for always posting new recipes, makes my meal planning a breeze.

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