Crock Pot Chicken Tacos (2024)

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These crock pot chicken tacos are a breeze to prepare, making them a perfect weeknight meal for the whole family. With a few simple ingredients in your slow cooker, you'll have juicy, flavorful chicken perfect for tacos.

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Tacos are a classic Mexican favorite. They don't call it Taco Tuesday for nothing, after all. While traditional beef tacos are great, I like to switch things up, so I love making them with seasoned crock pot chicken and topping them with flavorful sides. They're a great Mexican chicken dish perfect for weeknight meals or parties.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

These Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos are easy and delicious. Just toss chicken breasts, salsa, seasonings, and green chilies into the slow cooker in the morning, and by dinnertime, you'll have juicy, flavorful chicken perfect for taco night. Plus, the leftover chicken is versatile—it's great in burritos, nachos, salads, wraps, casseroles, or soups for a tasty twist.

Why You'll Love These Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

There's so much to love about a flavor, easy recipe like this one. Of course, it's delicious, but the pluses of a recipe like this one don't stop there.

  • Limited Ingredients: This recipe uses a total of five ingredients. That's it!
  • Easy: Simply mix everything together and let the crock pot do all the heavy lifting.
  • Versatile: Use this chicken for tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, sandwiches, sliders, and more.
  • Great for Meal Prepping: Because the chicken is so versatile and easy to store, it's a great protein source for planning meals ahead of time.
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This easy recipe only uses a handful of ingredients that you can find in just a few minutes at any grocery store. They're all listed here, but you can find their exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts: Chicken breasts have a mild flavor that complements the other zesty ingredients in this recipe.
  • Salsa: Salsa makes a zesty base for your chicken. Use any variety and heat level you prefer.
  • Taco Seasoning: Taco seasoning is the easiest way in the world to add that signature taco flavor to the chicken.
  • Diced Green Chilies: Diced green chilies add a kick of flavor and slight heat to the chicken.

How To Make Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

This is a slow cooker recipe, so you already know it's incredibly easy to make. You'll find the highlights here, but the specific instructions are in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  1. Add the chicken to the crock pot and over it with the other ingredients.
  2. Cook until super-tender and shred it.
  3. Serve on tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Common Questions

Can you cook raw meat in a crock pot?
You absolutely can. Crock pots were designed for slowly cooking raw ingredients. Any kind of meat and vegetables can be safely cooked in a crock pot.

How do you know when chicken is done in a crock pot?
The great thing about a crock pot is that you never have to guess. Because the chicken is cooked for so long, it's not about how done it is - it's about how tender it is. For shredded chicken like this, the breasts are done when they can be easily shredded with a fork.

Why is meat placed on the bottom of a crock pot in recipes?
Moisture is just as important to crock pot meals as the long cooking time and low heat. Meat is placed on the bottom of a crock pot so it's adequately hydrated by the wet ingredients placed on top of it.

What toppings are good on chicken tacos?
All your favorite taco toppings work well with chicken tacos. Use any of your favorites like onions, lettuce, tomatoes, taco sauce, cheese, and sour cream.

Serve With

No taco is complete without its tasty toppings! Assemble a colorful and flavorful spread with options like:

  • Tortillas (corn or flour): The base for your taco masterpiece and both work great
  • Shredded cheese: Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend for a creamy touch.
  • Chopped lettuce and diced tomatoes: Freshness is key! Don't buy canned or pre-shredded!
  • Sliced avocado: Creamy indulgence.
  • Chopped onion and cilantro: Aromatic and vibrant. White onions are my go-to with any Mexican dish.
  • Lime wedges and sour cream: Classic taco companions.
  • Jalapenos: you can add a few or choose a spicy salsa.

In addition to your toppings, when serving crock pot chicken tacos, consider pairing them with fresh sides like mango salsa or pico de gallo for a burst of flavor. Heartier options like guacamole or refried beans provide satisfying richness, while crunchy lettuce and tortilla chips add texture.

  • Street Corn Dip: This creamy dip is packed with the flavors of Mexican street corn, with roasted corn, spices, and a touch of crema. It's perfect for scooping up with tortilla chips.
  • Crock Pot Pinto Beans: Slow cooker pinto beans are a simple and flavorful side dish that is perfect for busy weeknights. They are hearty, filling, and easily customized with your favorite spices.
  • Bean Dip: This classic Mexican dip is made with mashed beans, spices, and cheese. It's a great way to add protein and fiber to your meal.
  • Velveeta Cheese Dip: This easy and cheesy dip is a crowd-pleaser. It's perfect for dipping chips, tortillas, or even vegetables.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. There are many other delicious side dishes that you can serve with chicken tacos, so feel free to get creative.

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Your crock pot chicken should be refrigerated as soon as it's cool enough to do so for maximum flavor, freshness, and food safety.

To reheat the chicken, microwave it covered until heated through.

Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight container for up to three days.

Freezer: Store in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to three months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.

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Some Of My Favorite Taco Recipes

  • Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
  • Crock Pot Taco Soup Recipe
  • Slow Cooker Taco Meat Recipe
  • Slow Cooker Taco Dip


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Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Author: Ryan Allen

hese crock pot chicken tacos are a breeze to prepare, making them a perfect weeknight meal for the whole family. With a few simple ingredients in your slow cooker, you'll have juicy, flavorful chicken perfect for tacos.

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Prep Time 3 minutes mins

Cook Time 3 hours hrs

Total Time 3 hours hrs 3 minutes mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 6

Calories 174 kcal


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 medium chicken breasts)
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar of your favorite salsa
  • 1 (1.5 oz.) packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies


  • Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Cover with salsa and sprinkle taco seasoning, black pepper, and green chilies over the top.

  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hour or on high for 2½-3 hours. When done cooking shred the chicken with two forks and stir into the sauce.

  • Serve on tortillas with your favorite toppings.


* If you don't like spice in your tacos, completely omit the diced green chilies and use a mild salsa.


Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 32gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 190mgPotassium: 565mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.04gVitamin A: 64IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

*Nutrition information is an estimate. It may vary based on ingredients, brands, and changes in cooking methods listed in the recipe. If you need exact ingredient numbers, I recommend calculating them with your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Christy N

    Crock Pot Chicken Tacos (14)
    So easy and so delicious! I’ll definitely be making this again!


    • Ryan Allen

      So glad that you liked this


      • Jess

        Best crockpot chicken taco recipe I’ve found! Made others that completely lacked flavor but this one is a total winner! Making it for the second time and so excited! Yum!


        • Ryan Allen

          I am so glad you enjoyed it.


  2. Denee

    If I double this recipe, do I need to double the cook time?


    • Ryan Allen

      You should not need to double the cook time. I would check the chicken to make sure it reaches 165 degrees internally.


      • Chase

        The tortillas you used look amazing. What did you use for the tortillas?


        • Ryan Allen

          I just used store-bought flour tortillas and toasted them on the flames of my gas stove.


  3. Dorothy

    I tried this recipe, omitting the green chilies. It is a winner. My son, granddaughter, and her cousin loved it. I will be making this again. ❤️


    • Ryan Allen

      I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it.


  4. Kelygrn

    Crock Pot Chicken Tacos (15)
    Very easy to make. Chicken came out nice and tender. Of course I added my own seasonings and included the taco seasoning for great flavor. Clean up was a breeze. Thank you for sharing.


    • Ryan Allen

      I am so glad that you enjoyed it.


  5. Pat B.

    Crock Pot Chicken Tacos (16)
    This chicken taco recipe is delicious! I used Bill Echols taco seasoning recipe which is quick & easy. The tacos were very spicy, so I might use less chilies next time. I served black beans & yellow rice on the side. Makes a good burrito, too. It’s definitely a keeper and going into the dinner rotation
    Thank you!!


    • Ryan Allen

      I am so glad you enjoyed it. It is one of my family's favorites.


  6. Diana

    Crock Pot Chicken Tacos (17)
    This was a hit with family and friends.


    • Ryan Allen

      That makes me happy to hear that you all enjoyed these tasty tacos.


  7. Jamie Johnston

    Great recipe! I filled the bottom of my crockpot with about 4 chicken breasts. Cooked on LOW and it was done in 4 hours!!! Glad I decided to check it. It tastes sooo delicious.


    • Ryan Allen

      I am so glad that you enjoyed it.


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Crock Pot Chicken Tacos (2024)


Can you put raw chicken in a crock pot? ›

Yes, you can put raw chicken in a slow cooker! Slow cookers and Crock-Pots are designed to cook raw meats. The direct heat from the pot, lengthy cooking time and steam created from the tightly covered container destroys bacteria, making slow cooking safe. You can put frozen chicken in a slow cooker, too!

Why is my chicken rubbery in the crock pot? ›

Aside from accidentally overcooking the meals, the most common reason we see for tough, rubbery, or overdone chicken is customers using a Crockpot that is far too big.

Does chicken need to be covered in liquid in crockpot? ›

As long as the breast pieces are in a single layer, in contact with the slow cooker, then no, it's not necessary to add any chicken broth or chicken stock. If you're doing multiple layers, you will need to add liquid to cover the meat, but I don't recommend this. The seasonings won't stick as well.

Is it better to cook chicken on high or low in crockpot? ›

Always cook your boneless skinless chicken breasts on LOW for the best results. I do not recommend cooking boneless chicken breast on HIGH, as it will become very dry and tough, even if you check it early. On high, the chicken turns out drier; I consistently have the best results with low.

Do you have to brown chicken before putting in crock pot? ›

"Browning, or caramelizing, meat before putting it into a slow cooker isn't 100 percent necessary, but it is well worth the effort for the most flavorful and full-bodied end result," he says. "The caramelized surface of the meat will lend rich flavor and color to the finished dish."

How long should you cook chicken in a crock pot? ›

Sprinkle the chicken breasts with plenty of salt and pepper. Cover your crock pot and cook chicken breasts on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Chicken is done when the internal temp reaches 165 degrees F. Use chicken in your favorite recipes.

Does chicken get more tender the longer you cook it in the crock pot? ›

Slow cooking uses moist heat. The slow cooker is best for meats that have a lot of connective tissue and that are very tough (and typically fairly inexpensive). The connective tissue is turned to gelatin after slow cooking in moist heat for several hours. That is why tough meats become “fork tender” in the slow cooker.

How to stop chicken falling apart in a slow cooker? ›

Not if you're using a leaner cut in the slow cooker, like chicken breast or pork chops. To help keep these cuts moist, decrease the cook time to 2-4 hours. While it cooks, check out our collection of crockpot chicken breast recipes.

Do potatoes go on top or bottom of meat in a crockpot? ›

Place firm, slow-cooking root vegetables like potatoes and carrots at the bottom of the crock and pile the meat on top. Set the heat level: A general rule of thumb is that cooking on the low setting (170 degrees F for most models) takes about twice as long as cooking on high (280 degrees F on most models).

Should you rinse chicken before putting in crockpot? ›

However, washing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb or veal before cooking it is not recommended. Bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils and surfaces. We call this cross-contamination.

Why does chicken get watery in crockpot? ›

This moist environment allows you to leave food to cook for hours without risking it drying out. But because there is no evaporation, the liquid isn't able to reduce and thicken naturally in a slow cooker, often resulting in watery sauces and loose gravies.

Is 3 hours in a slow cooker enough for chicken? ›

For a whole chicken – Place it in your slow cooker breast side down. Cover with the lid and cook on High for around 4-5 hours or Low for 6-8 hours. For bone-in pieces - Arrange chicken pieces in a single layer in the slow cooker. Cover with the lid and cook on High for around 3-4 hours or Low for 4-6 hours.

Is 4 hours on high the same as 8 hours on low? ›

Low: 7-8 hours to reach the simmer point. High: 3-4 hours to reach the simmer point.

Can you put uncooked chicken in slow cooker? ›

Yes, raw chicken can safely be cooked in the slow cooker. A slow cooker is designed to cook raw meats. The long (slow) cooking time combined with the heat from the pot creates steam that safely cooks the meat.

Does chicken need to be cooked before slow cooker? ›

Chicken breast fillets can be placed directly into the slow cooker, but to create richer, deeper flavours and better visual appeal, first sear the chicken breast in a hot pan over medium-high heat on each side for 1-2 minutes.

Is it safe to put raw meat in a crock pot? ›

Raw Meat. Technically you can cook raw meat in a slow cooker, but it's tricky and requires a bit of preparation in order for it to be really worth it. If you simply pop some raw meat in your slow cooker, it won't have a chance to brown, which adds some much-needed flavor and cuts down on plenty of unappealing grease.

Do you have to brown meat before slow cooking? ›

It can be nice to cook the onions beforehand, as the flavour is different to when you put them in raw, but experiment both ways as you may find you prefer one. It can also be good to brown meat to give it some colour, but again, this is not essential.

Can you cook raw chicken in liquid? ›

It involves submerging skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a liquid at a low temperature (read: not boiling), allowing them to cook slowly and evenly. Though poaching in seasoned water is the simplest strategy, you can also use oil, milk, broth, wine, or a combination as your poaching liquid.

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