Crock Pot Chicken Tacos are SO good! There's just something so satisfying about picking up that warm tortilla stuffed with goodness and then using the delicate head tilt maneuver to enjoy all the deliciousness.
The chicken is super tender with the just right amount of seasoning and spice and best of all, you just toss all the ingredients in the crock pot and it cooks itself!
What's your favorite?
Hard shell or soft shell? Franks? Sriracha? Tapatio? Avocado Jalapeño Crema? Pickled cabbage? Fruit Salsa? Oh, the boundless combinations are beautiful and we haven't even arrived at the best part. The protein.
Ok, well, since we're friends here. I'm going to admit that the margaritas are the best part for me personally. But the chicken is really, really tasty too.
Why I Love Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Today, we're talking about chicken. Juicy, tender, shredded, perfectly seasoned, chicken. And these crock pot chicken tacos are totally going to taste even better because all you need is two-ish hours and a crock pot.
This weeknight staple is so ridiculously mindless to make. Just add everything to the crock pot and let it go. Shred the meat and pick how you want to eat it.
It's just spicy enough without being too spicy for the kids, too.
Ingredients and Substitutions
This recipe is SO easy, it only requires 5 ingredients and some seasoning so there aren't too many substitutions, you can of course mix it up.
Sometimes you have to work with whats in the fridge!!
Protein: Chicken breast is easy and lean, but if you want to use chicken thighs like in this chipotle chicken copycat, go for it!
Veggies: Red and green veggies are my go-to but you can use yellow and orange peppers too!
Seasoning: If you like your tacos extra spicy then throw in some extra cayenne pepper or even chop up some chilies and add them in with the peppers for a fiery flavor! This recipe calls for taco seasoning for a burst of flavor while also being super easy.
How to Make Mexican Chicken Crock Pot Tacos
Add diced peppers and onion to the crock pot. Layer chicken breast evenly on top of vegetables.
Sprinkle with seasoning. Add chicken stock.
Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or 4-5 hours on low heat until the chicken is tender and easily pulls apart.
Using two forks, shred the chicken breast. Mix shredded chicken breast with the vegetables and juices remaining in the crock pot.
Any leftover chicken and veg can be placed in an airtight container and shoved into the fridge. Whip it out when you're ready for another taco night and reheat it either on the stovetop or even microwave it for a few minutes. The chicken will last up to 4 days in the fridge.
Yes, make sure it has fully cooled before putting it in a ziplock bag or airtight container. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer! Just make sure to fully defrost it before reheating it.
No - that's great right?! Just toss it in with the stock and veggies and it will cook slowly to perfection!
Top Tips for Tacos
If you're not currently heating up your tortillas, do it. For gas stove users, you don't even need a pan. Just a super low flame and a watchful eye. 20-30 seconds on each side and you have perfectly warmed tacos shells that can hold all the toppings you can manage.
If electric is your stove style, a small nonstick pan (no spray or butter) will get the job done.
Refried beans are a taco's best friend. Have you ever experienced the dreaded soggy taco?
To prevent a mushy Crock Pot Chicken Taco tortilla, spread a little refried bean on the tortilla before adding all your juicy ingredients.
Other Ways to Enjoy Healthy Spicy Shredded Chicken
You loved this Mexican shredded chicken, you made loads of it because it was so easy, and now you have plenty left over. If you don't want tacos 2 nights in a row - which is hard to understand - there are loads of other ways to utilize this tender chicken.
Make a burrito or a burrito bowl with rice and guac.
Or stuff some peppers with the chicken, top them with cheese and bake it for a quick and easy yet full-on taste meal.
You could even make chicken grilled cheese or wraps, or really anything you can think of. My personal favorite is over salad with chipotle lime dressing.
This Crock Pot Chicken Taco recipe is so versatile, once you know how to make the delicious Mexican chicken in the slow cooker, you'll be putting it in everything!
Taco Party Must Haves
Tacos are good on their own, but they're better when joined with all the fixings.
Guac lovers in the house? The avocado reaches guacamole nirvana is this Lobster Guacamole that's sure to impress your friends and your taste buds.
Follow up the guac with a bowl of Mexican Black Bean Soup.
If chicken isn't your style, or maybe you believe two meats are better than one, try these San Diego style Carne Asada Tacos filled with tender Flank Steak!
Don't get caught with a super spicy bite or a mouthful of taco and nothing to wash it down! Try this delicious blend of sweet and spice in this Spicy Pineapple Margarita from FeastinThyme. Or get your fruit on with this fresh Melon-Basil Margarita. Salt, sugar, or no rim at all tequila and tacos are a perfect pairing.
C'mon and meet me at the taco bar, we can taco 'bout all your favorite taco things.
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Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
- 3 to 5 quart crock pot
- 1½ to 2 lbs chicken breast (trimmed)
- 1 red pepper (diced)
- 1 green pepper (diced)
- 1 onion (diced)
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- ¼ cup chicken stock
- Add diced peppers and onion to the crock pot. Layer chicken breast evenly on top of vegetables.1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 onion, 1½ to 2 lbs chicken breast
- Sprinkle with seasoning. Add chicken stock. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or 4-5 hours on low heat until the chicken is tender and easily pulls apart.2 tablespoons taco seasoning, ¼ cup chicken stock
- Using two forks, shred the chicken breast. Mix shredded chicken breast with the vegetables and juices remaining in the crock pot. Serve over tortillas, salads, or rice!
- Chicken breast or chicken thighs can be used.
- Red and green peppers are usually my go to, but you can orange and yellow too.
- Homemade taco seasoning or store bought works great.