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 chicken tacos on a wooden bowl with sour cream and cheese on top

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.

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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 cilantro tomato rice or cilantro lime rice. We love to put out a big table full of toppings for everyone to dress their own! Our favorite toppings are:

Crock-Pot chicken tacos on a wooden bowl with lime and cheese as garnish

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Crockpot Chicken Tacos

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


  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with chiles drained or 1 can Rotel, 10 oz
  • 1 package taco seasoning or 2 Tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • ½ onion diced


  • Combine salsa, canned tomatoes, and taco seasoning.
  • Place onions & chicken in the slow cooker and top with tomato mixture.
  • Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred. Return to slow cooker and stir in juices.
  • Serve in taco shells, on salads, pizzas or in bowls over rice!


If you prefer you can skip the canned tomatoes and add 1 ½ cups salsa.
Nutritional information does not include taco shell or toppings.
4.99 from 249 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 179 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1301mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1235IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican

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    1. Hi Kathy, I would freeze in an airtight container or zippered bag and thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then reheat before serving!

  1. Very excited to try this recipe tonight! I noticed in the comments you said there’s no need to drain the Rotel but the recipe says to drain the tomatoes. I’m going to use canned tomatoes should I drain those?

    1. I recommend draining the canned tomatoes as they tend to have more liquid. If you don’t drain you may be left with more juices. You can always take some juices out of the Crockpot before you add the shredded chicken and add them back as necessary.

  2. Delicious! Next time I plan to remove sauce and thicken by boiling it down a bit and we like onion so I’d add more to the recipe for us. We served over lettuce with grated cheese and sour cream on top.5 stars

  3. Looking forward to trying this recipe. If using Rotel, do you still drain? I’ve never used Rotel but noticed it in the local store and thought I’d try. Not sure what it’s consistency is.

    1. Rotel is a mixture of diced tomatoes and green chilis and is delicious! There is no need to drain it in this recipe Gillian, enjoy!

  4. This was really good! I usually make a different version and this one will be replacing it! I used fire roasted tomatoes which were so good and green chilis5 stars

    1. We use whatever we have on hand. I enjoy a chunkier salsa but you can use your favorite kind!

      1. Hi Viviana, it is not recommended to cook meat from frozen in the crockpot but if you would like to try it should work. You may need to give it a little extra time to fully cook through though.

  5. Huge hit at my birthday party! Just needed drained a bit, but they had amazing flavor! All my friends asked for the recipe. Will definitely make again!5 stars