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Perfect for a busy weeknight, these Crock Pot Chicken Tacos are a flavorful and hearty dinner the whole family will love. Only 5 minutes of prep!
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Prepare these Crock Pot Chicken Tacos effortlessly by tossing all the ingredients into the crockpot and walking away. Return after a few hours to savor a delectable feast. Moreover, this versatile recipe can be employed to create delectably tender shredded chicken for an array of dishes such as taco salad, nachos, enchiladas, and burrito bowls.
Ingredients in Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
- Chicken – I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe. They shred easily and stay tender.
- Taco Seasoning – Use your favorite store brand, or try our Homemade Taco Seasoning with delicious spices like cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, black pepper, salt, and chili powder.
- Onion – A white or yellow onion taste great in these Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
- Jalapeños – Make sure to remove the seeds. Omit if you don’t like spice.
- Salsa – Use your favorite salsa, or try one of our salsa recipes. I recommend our Tomatillo Salsa Verde or Homemade Salsa with Fresh Tomatoes.
- Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis – Rotel is a popular brand that I usually use.
- Tortillas – This crockpot chicken tacos recipe tastes great with corn tortillas or flour tortillas or even crunchy taco shells.
Let’s Taco Bout Toppings
Once you have your crock pot chicken taco meat and your tortillas, its time for the fun part – toppings! Try some of our favorite toppings listed below, or let us know your favorites in the comments!
- Shredded Lettuce
- Shredded Cheese
- Corn Salsa or Pico De Gallo
- Sour Cream
- Diced Tomatoes, Diced Onions, or Diced Green Chiles
- Black Olives
- Black Beans
- Diced Avocado
- Lime Wedges
- Hot Sauce
Benefits of Cooking Chicken in the Crock Pot
One of the major advantages of preparing chicken tacos in a crock pot is the tenderness and flavor that the slow cooking process imparts to the chicken. As the ingredients simmer together over low heat for hours, the chicken absorbs the savory seasonings and becomes irresistibly juicy and tender. The long cooking time allows the flavors to meld and intensify, resulting in a mouthwatering filling that will have your taste buds dancing. Whether you prefer a mild or spicy profile, the slow-cooked chicken in these tacos will impress your palate and elevate your taco experience to new heights.
Make sure to add the shredded chicken back into the crock pot and give it a good stir so it can soak up all the juices and amazing flavor for your! If you have leftovers, then make sure to store the juices with the leftovers as well.
Frequently Asked Questions about Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
Yes! This shredded chicken freezes great! Keep in in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.
Technically, the FDA recommends not using frozen chicken in the crockpot because it spends too long in the temperature “unsafe” zone. However, if you use thinner chicken breasts, and you cook on the high setting, you should be fine.
Yes! Any seasoning that you would use with ground beef for tacos, you can use with shredded chicken.
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How to Make Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
- Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
- Spray the bottom of the crockpot with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts, taco seasoning, onion, jalapeños, salsa, and diced tomatoes with green chilis into the pot.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Remove chicken, shred it with two forks, and put it back into the pot. Stir to combine it with the sauce.
- Serve with your favorite tortillas and toppings!
- This shredded chicken freezes great! Keep in in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.
- Make sure to add the shredded chicken back into the crockpot and give it a good stir so it can soak up all the amazing flavor!
- You can use frozen chicken breasts, but the cooking time will be more like 4-6 hours on HIGH.
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