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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Brimming with vibrant flavors, these Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos are not only nutritious but really simple to make. Just assemble all the ingredients in the crockpot, and let it do the work for you!

Close-up shot of a taco filled with shredded chicken and topped with avocado slices.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos with Salsa

These slow cooked tacos are prepared with tender chicken simmering in a zesty salsa with hints of lime and spices. These tacos are more than just a meal; they’re vibrant and tasty, packed with fresh flavors and textures, wrapped up in wholesome ingredients. Whether you’re hosting a family dinner or looking for a creative twist on taco night, this dish is sure to impress. Best of all, creating this feast is as simple as setting up your slow cooker.

Why I Love Crockpot Chicken Tacos

  • These little wonders are perfect for busy weeknights thanks to the slow cooker or Instant Pot.
  • These chicken tacos whip up a healthy meal that’s a crowd-pleaser for the whole family.
  • And talk about versatility! You can transform this recipe into anything from chicken chimichangas to taco salads or even your favorite burritos, tostadas, or enchiladas.
Mixing shredded chicken into a red sauce.

How To Make Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Whether you’re serving them up for a casual family dinner or impressing guests at a festive gathering, these tacos are delicious and filling!

Ingredients

Chicken breasts in a slow cooker topped with chunky tomato salsa.

Directions

  1. Prepare the Chicken: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Arrange them at the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Mix the Salsa: In a bowl, combine salsa, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic, and cilantro or parsley. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Coat the Chicken: Pour the salsa mixture over the chicken, turning the chicken to ensure it’s fully coated.
  4. Cook: Cover with a lid and cook on HIGH for 2.5 to 3 hours, or on LOW for 4 to 4.5 hours.
  5. Shred the Chicken: Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred it using two forks.
  6. Assemble the Tacos: Stir the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker. Evenly divide the chicken over warm tortillas and garnish with avocado, red onions, and parsley or cilantro.

How To Make Ahead

  • Prep in Advance: Feel free to prepare the shredded chicken up to two days ahead of time. Simply keep it in a sealed container in the fridge, and reheat it when you’re ready to use it.
  • Freezing Method: For longer storage, you can freeze the shredded chicken in an airtight container or sealed bag for as long as three months. When you’re ready to enjoy it, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

How To Make Chicken Tacos in The Instant Pot

  • Season your chicken and place it on the bottom of the Instant Pot’s insert.
  • Add the salsa mixture and cook on Manual (or High Pressure) for 8 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Remove the chicken and shred it. Serve in tortillas or another favorite dish with your choice of toppings.
Four chicken breasts cooked in the slow cooker with tomatoes.

Tips & Variations

  • Spice Level: Adjust the chili powder and cumin to your preferred heat level.
  • Chicken: You can use chicken thighs instead of breasts for a juicier result.
  • Slow Cooking: Cooking the chicken on the lower temperature setting for longer will often result in more tender chicken.
  • Serving: Serve the tacos with rice or a fresh salad for a complete meal.
  • Variations:
  • Add Vegetables: Add diced bell peppers or corn into the slow cooker for added texture and taste.
  • Alternative Salsas: Use different types of salsa like green tomatillo salsa or mango salsa for unique flavors.
  • Gluten-Free: Utilize gluten-free tortillas if you have any dietary restrictions.
  • Taco Bowls: Instead of traditional tortillas, serve the shredded chicken over a bed of rice or quinoa and top with your favorite taco toppings for a fun taco bowl variation.
Overhead image of a taco filled with shredded chicken and topped with avocado slices.

Serving Suggestions

When it comes to pairing chicken tacos, fresh and flavorful sides can elevate the entire meal.

  • Pico De Gallo is a classic choice, bringing zesty citrus and fresh tomato flavors to the table.
  • For those who appreciate fresh flavors, coconut lime cauliflower rice can be an appealing option.
  • Traditional Mexican Rice is a great addition, while mexican street corn salad offers a mix of creamy, spicy, and tangy tastes.
  • No taco meal is complete without a scoop of homemade guacamole.
  • And for a crunchy, refreshing twist, try a side of Mexican cilantro vinaigrette coleslaw.
Close-up shot of a taco filled with shredded chicken and topped with avocado slices and sour cream.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Katerina | Diethood
These Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos are packed with fresh and healthy flavors and are very easy to make. Just arrange all the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away!
5 from 4 votes
Servings : 8 Serves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

For The Chicken Tacos
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar chunky tomato salsa
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 10 to 12 flour tortillas
Optional Toppings
  • sliced avocado
  • chopped red onions
  • sour cream or nonfat plain yogurt
  • chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and transfer them to the insert of your slow cooker. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine salsa, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic, and cilantro or parsley; mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the salsa mixture over the chicken and turn the chicken to coat.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on HIGH for 2.5 to 3 hours or on LOW for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred it with two forks.
  • Stir the chicken back into the slow cooker to coat with the sauce.
  • Evenly divide the chicken over warm tortillas and garnish with your chosen toppings.

Notes

  • Spice Level: Modify chili powder and cumin for desired heat.
  • Chicken: I use boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can also try it with chicken thighs.
  • Slow Cooking: Cook the chicken on LOW for a juicier, more tender chicken.
  • Serving: Pair with rice or salad.
  • Alternative Salsas: Try tomatillo or mango salsa.
  • Flour Tortillas: I normally use low-carb flour tortillas or gluten-free tortillas.

Nutrition

Calories: 278 kcal | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Protein: 27 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 0.01 g | Cholesterol: 73 mg | Sodium: 535 mg | Potassium: 971 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 754 IU | Vitamin C: 13 mg | Calcium: 43 mg | Iron: 2 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken breast recipe, chicken tacos, crock pot chicken, salsa, slow cooker chicken, slow cooker recipes, slow cooker tacos
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11 comments on “Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos”

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    Happy New Years! Your New Years sounds like it was much more exciting that ours was. haha. we didn’t even stay up to watch the ball drop lol. we were dead tired and asleep by like 11.. I guess it didn’t help that I wasn’t feeling very good to start with. Oh my but these tacos would have been perfect for the next day either way!

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    Joanie @ ZagLeft

    This recipe sounds amazing, Katerina and that chicken looks divine. This is a dish my entire family would love!

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    Kristen Chidsey

    Such an easy classic dish! My family loves tacos and I love my slow cooker! We will be making

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    Lynne | 365 Days of Baking and More

    Katerina, all of your recipes are SO good! I want to come have dinner at your house!!
    We’ll start with the Feta Cheese Bread Ring Dip, have this as our main course, your Black Magic Chocolate Cake for dessert. We’ll sit around enjoying drinks and telling jokes and the next morning we can have the Overnight Breakfast Strata with some Lemon Bread.
    Don’t worry, I’ll do the dishes. <3 XOXO

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