Crockpot Chicken Tacos

There’s nothing like coming home from a long day at work and having dinner already prepared for you. With minimal preparation, you can make a delicious Mexican-style meal for your family. The slow cooker does all the work all you have to do is toss it in and  turn it on.

After 6 hours of slow cooking, the chicken is so tender and moist that it just falls apart. This recipe isn’t just easy and budget friendly, it’s also low in calories and high in protein. :) If you want to make it even simpler, you can substitute a 1 ounce package of taco seasoning instead of the seasonings that I have listed. Why not make tonight taco night at your house?

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours


6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 (16 oz) jar salsa
flour tortillas (6 inch)


Throw everything (excluding tortillas) into the crock pot and stir until chicken breasts are evenly covered in seasonings and salsa.
Cover and cook on low until the chicken is fork-tender and shreds easily, about 6 hours. (Or alternatively, cook on high for 4 to 6 hours).
To serve, heat tortillas according to package directions. Divide chicken evenly among tortillas; top each tortilla with desired toppings.

Source: adapted from Chocolate Therapy and, originally from Tasty Kitchen


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29 Responses to “Crockpot Chicken Tacos”

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    Caroline — March 9, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    You’re so right…crock-pot recipes are the best. It’s SO nice to have dinner already prepared after a long day at work! These tacos sound fantastic!

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    4plates2table — March 9, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    Looks yummy!

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    sugaredpecan — March 9, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Those look so delicious and done in the crock pot……just can’t beat that!

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    finnegan2749 — March 9, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — March 9, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    My boyfriend’s most requested meal is your beef tacos with the homemade seasoning. I’m excited to make a chicken version for him now without even having to work very hard! A total win!

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    dutchgoesitalian — March 9, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    My mom has a crockpot…will ask her to prepare this meal when I’m back home in the Netherlands :) Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

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    Just A Smidgen — March 9, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Why not? Because I didn’t read your recipe until it was too late (that’ll teach me!) So… I can have it tomorrow if I pick up the ingredients today.. yay! I love the idea of using a crockpot!

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    ChgoJohn — March 9, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    When I was working, I used my slow cooker all of the time. I use it rarely now, mostly because I’m home and it’s torture smelling my food cook for 6 or 8 hours. I may put up with it, though, if it means having these tacos for dinner. They sound delicious!

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    Michael Ann — March 9, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    Definitely looks like another winner! I LOVE my crockpot and the more recipes I can use it for, the better!

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    Thoughts in Little Boxes — March 10, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    That looks amazing! And really simple. I need to get me a crock pot.

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    Amy — March 10, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Just got a crockpot for an engagment present and I can’t wait to use it for this!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — March 10, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    I love shredded chicken tacos. These look wonderful!

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    ....RaeDi — March 10, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    I am behind in commenting and just posted my taco pizza… we were on the same wave length! These look so incredible! T would love them!

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    muppy — March 10, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    i’m cooking something very similar this week, love my slow cooker :)

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — March 12, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Amen! I love crockpot recipes. This one looks wonderful, too.

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    thekalechronicles — March 12, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    What a good idea — slow simmered chicken in Mexican spices. I’d be tempted to juice a couple of limes in there — probably after the chicken is cooked.

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    Chica Andaluza — March 16, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Fabulous – so many lovely flavours and slow cooked dishes are so good!

  18. #
    Christine — March 22, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    This looks so good.

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    Beth Michelle — March 23, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Ah is there anything better than a crockpot?! My friend just discovered the joys of it. I will be sending her over this recipe. Looks wonderful!

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    spiffycookie — March 23, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Once I get back from the conference I am going to next week, I am totally on a mission to use my corck pot more for things like this!

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    Lacy @ NYCityEats — March 23, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    I agree! If I could come home to a delicious meal every day after work I’d be one happy woman! This sounds like a simple and fantastic meal! I can’t imagine how tender the chicken must be after cooking all those hours. Yum!!

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    Annie Oakley's Kitchen — March 24, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    I have been on a taco kick lately and boy do these look good!

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    Kiri W. — March 25, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Mmm, these look fantastic :) I wish I had a crockpot, all these wonderful tender fillings I see sound to die for.

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    Julianna — April 5, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Great idea but I felt like this turned out very bland. I tried both ways- recipe exact and tried using taco seasoning. Not very tasty and lacked salt. Maybe yours turned out better then mine. I use my crockpot every day- just felt like these needed something extra in them. In fact my kids said they could only taste the cheese inside.

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    Lauren — April 6, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    So amazing! My fiance and I love our chicken burritos and since our favorite place closed we’ve been jonesn’ for a replacement. We’ve both declared these to be even better! I’ve made them twice already! Thanks!

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    Annie Williams — April 19, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    This is delicious. I didn’t have boneless, skinless chicken breast, so I used two large chicken breast, cut them in half and removed the skin. I used green salsa verde. I also used corn tortillas instead of flour, just cuz I prefer corn.
    O.M.G. So good that I can eat them on tortillas with nothing else. The flavor is out of this world.
    I wonder if this would work on other meats, like pork or beef, and if so what cuts should I use?

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    Joanna — April 23, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    Made these tonight for my family, they are delicious!! And so easy-throw everything in the crock pot and forget about it, will be making it again next week!!

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