Crockpot Chicken Tacos

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CrockPot Chicken Tacos are an easy family favorite meal! A handful of ingredients tossed into the slow cooker makes the most tender flavorful chicken for tacos (or for Chicken Enchiladas, burritos, loaded nachos and more)!

Add chicken breasts, salsa, tomatoes and seasoning and let the slow cooker do all of the work. Before serving shred the chicken and enjoy! It’s that easy!

Crock Pot chciken tacos served in tortillas with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and tomatoes on a wooden platter.

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Taco nights just got easier!  These Crockpot Chicken Tacos are such a snap to put together and always come out amazing! Tender shredded chicken is perfect added to tacos, burritos, salads and more.

Swap out the ground beef to make an amazing taco salad or add this flavorful shredded chicken to wraps, casseroles or soups.

Crock Pot chicken taco ingredients in a slow cooker like chicken, onions, and salsa.

How to Make Shredded Chicken Tacos

I have to tell you that this is one of those recipes that my whole family truly loves!  Simply place the ingredients in the crock pot and walk away.

To season the chicken for tacos, I use … you guessed it, taco seasoning!  I prefer homemade taco seasoning in this recipe to control the salt but a packet will work just fine as well.

While the ingredients call for boneless chicken breasts,  you can certainly use bone in chicken as well (just make sure it’s skinless).  Once shredded, this freezes perfectly making for a super fast weeknight dinner!

I’ve used this for making chicken tacos, chicken salads and even spicy chicken pizzas!  Pile on your favorite toppings for a fabulous dinner loaded with flavor!

What to Serve with Chicken Tacos

These crockpot chicken tacos are insanely easy! I serve them with corn or flour tortillas and Mexican Rice or cilantro lime rice. We love to put out a big table full of toppings for everyone to dress their own! Our favorites toppings are:

A serving platter of crock pot chicken tacos with limes, tortilla chips, and 3 tacos.

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4.67 from 3 votes
Review Recipe

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Taco nights just got easier! These Crockpot Chicken Tacos are such a snap to put together and always come out amazing!


  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with chiles drained or 1 can Rotel
  • 1 package taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning
  • 1/2 onion diced

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  1. Combine salsa, canned tomatoes, and taco seasoning.
  2. Place onions & chicken in the slow cooker and top with tomato mixture.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred. Return to slow cooker and stir in juices.

  5. Serve in taco shells, on salads, pizzas or in bowls over rice!

Recipe Notes

If you prefer you can skip the canned tomatoes and add 1 1/2 cups salsa.
Nutritional information does not include taco shell or toppings.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 179, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 1301mg, Potassium: 736mg, Carbohydrates: 12g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 25g, Vitamin A: 1235%, Vitamin C: 13.1%, Calcium: 47%, Iron: 1.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword crockpot chicken tacos, slow cooker chicken tacos

Top photo shows the chicken tacos assembled in corn tortillas. The bottom photo shows the ingredients for the chicken taco in a crockpot

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    1. I haven’t tried doubling this recipe. If cooking on low, the cook time should remain about the same. If cooking on high, check to make sure that the chicken is fully cooked. Enjoy Beth!

  1. I made this and it literally took five minutes in the morning and turned out great. I used two large chicken breasts cut in half and followed recipe exactly. Good for busy mom’s or anyone with limited time for food prep. Thank you.

  2. Hello Holly, I’m hoping you can help me. In the past I had a recipe for canning beans, no liquid but dry beans in a quart jar and heating up to about 100 degrees or a little more. BUT, I lost the recipe for oven cooking or rather getting them all warmed up so killing any bug larvae that might be present and than adding a oxygen remover than sealing while still good and warm right from the oven.
    Have you ever heard anything like this. Hope to here from you regardless. Thanks and have a good day.

  3. Hi Holly,

    I’m glad I stumbled on your web site. As a Latina who has been cooking for over thirty years, I must say your Mexican recipes are impressive. Keep them coming!

  4. This was very good – Super easy to prepare (just what I needed) I also used a taco seasoning recipe. The one the author provided is similar to one I’ve been using for years so I tweaked it a bit (added paprika).
    The only disappointment was of my own making. I used a can of diced tomatoes with green chili’s. These are generally smaller than a can of diced tomatoes by about 5 oz so I used 2 cans and foolishly forgot about the extra liquid. Thus it was a bit wetter than I like it. That said the results were still so good I consider it a learning experience.
    This is definitely going into the monthly meal rotation.

  5. I followed the recipe exactly. But then I broke down & put Cilantro in it. I just can’t eat tacos or enchiladas without the flavor & scent of Cilantro in it. It was very good & is on our menu – with Cilantro. Thanks for posting the recipe.

    1. I am so glad your family enjoyed the recipe! I like cilantro a lot too, I will have to add it to this the next time I make it!