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.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos ready to be cooked

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.
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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. These were a hit at a taco party we had last weekend! The compliments were non-stop. This recipe is a keeper!5 stars

    1. Hi Hannah, 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.

  2. Hello! I’m looking to make this recipe for a shower. Just trying to clarify if this recipe is for 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half (4 halves) or 4 cut in half (8 halves). Thank you so much!

  3. I am about to make this recipe. Wish me luck. What sized Rotel can do you use? I am not much of a cook so I need exact amounts. Thanks!

    1. I found your recipe about 1230 this morning, amd instantly added the ingredients to my pickup order for this morning. Wednesday, today, is my only day off this week so I was looking for something to make for dinner. Since I work nights I hardly cook anymore. I’m going to slow cook the chicken all day in the crockpot and once done, I’m gonna make your creamy chicken enchiladas. I’m very excited to try both once done!!

      1. That will be delicious, Ashton! I hope you enjoy this recipe and all the leftovers it will make you!

    1. Hi Erynn, depending on how spicy you like things, I like to use a jar of restaurant-style medium salsa in whatever brand I have on hand. You could also try your hand at a homemade salsa.

  4. This was soooo good! We made this chicken for nachos (and will be doing Taco Tuesday with the leftovers). All my boys loved this so much! I wish I could give it more than just 5 Stars!!!5 stars

      1. I read this recipe and bought 2 chicken breasts to make 4 halves, this is how it reads for me… Feels a bit minimal but I guess we’ll see when it comes out. maybe you could specify on the recipe the weight of the chicken breasts to prevent other people from getting confused like I did lol

  5. This was delicious! So easy to make, I only used Taco Seasoning (premade packet) and Salsa (with a little pico de gallo) and it was perfect. My finicky 15 yr old son said it’s now his favorite meal. Thanks Holly!5 stars

      1. Hi Marcella, you could top with some salsa, pico de gallo, a little sour cream, or a delicious crema!

  6. These are amazing! I am all about a recipe you can just dump in the crockpot and go. Especially when it tastes so good! My husband is a picky eater and loves these. I have made them for a lot of friendly who also enjoyed. Very easy to double for a large group!5 stars

  7. This looks like a great recipe. But you say to add taco seasoning but not how much? I know you say a package, but I’m using homemade seasoning just don’t know how much to use for this.
    Thanks for this info.4 stars

    1. Just found in comments you suggest 2 tablespoons.
      Maybe you could put this info in the recipe.

  8. I just put this in the crockpot today. Apparently the chicken these breasts came was huge as they were an average of 11 oz each. I doubled the rest of the ingredients and added a can of chicken broth to make sure there was enough liquid to cook in. I can always reduce the liquid if it ends up being too much!

  9. Turned out great and was a very simple recipe for my taco Tuesday. Working from home currently so the smell of taco’s cooking all day was quite nice as well. I’ll be making this dish often! Thanks5 stars

    1. The serving size is approximate and based on 1/4 of the recipe with medium sized chicken breasts. It can vary a bit based on the actual size.

  10. I made this for dinner this evening & We all enjoyed it for sure… It tasted SOOO yummy, it turned out very flavorful & juicy… I will definitely make this again!! Perfect for Taco Tuesday!! 5 stars

  11. Hi! I bought breast tenderloins instead. Do i need to change the time or amounts of liquid because the pieces of chicken are smaller?

    1. I’ve only made the recipe as written so can’t say for sure how long they’ll take. I’d suggest checking after 2 hours on high and see if they are cooked. If not, leave for another hour.

  12. Delicious! Have made a couple of times in slow cooker. Easy and great taste. Can I use the same ingredients/quantities to cook in my new Instant Pot?5 stars