Crock Pot Shredded Chicken for Tacos


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Crock pot shredded chicken for tacos is that super moist, full of flavor recipe that you can only get by cooking the meat low and slow. It is melt in your mouth good.

crock pot Shredded Chicken on a plate next to lettuce and tortillas.

This Crock pot shredded chicken for tacos recipe is a favorite because you do not have to use it just for tacos; try it on salads, burritos, quesadillas or even a baked potato. Truly, the spice recipe is what makes this chicken so flavorful. Learn more about the origins of taco seasoning here.


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What We Love About This Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Recipe

The crock pot has got to be a busy person’s favorite appliance, because you can just fill it, set it and go about your day, and then have a delicious meal ready when you get home. Meanwhile, this chicken will fill the whole house with mouthwatering aromas.

  • 10 Minute Prep: Place it in the pot and then have it ready when you get home.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Allowing your family to construct their own tacos the way they like them will make your life so much easier.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, low-cal, or dairy free, etc.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: This meat is great on so many different things!

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken Breasts: Four large cut in half, boneless skinless chicken thighs can also be used
  • Seasonings: Chili Powder, Paprika, Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin, Oregano, Black Pepper and Cayenne Pepper
  • Salsa: One jar of your favorite kind
jalapeno lime Chicken on a plate next to lettuce and tortillas.

Equipment Needed

  • Slow Cooker

How to Make Crock Pot Shredded Chicken for Tacos

These are the basic steps for making this jalapeno chicken recipe. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutritional information.

STEP 1: COMBINE

First, in a small bowl, combine chili powder, paprika, onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder, ground cumin, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.

a collage of three images showing the steps needed to make the jalapeno chicken recipe.

STEP 2: ARRANGE

Second, lay the chicken in the crockpot, sprinkle with seasoning mix, and cover with the salsa. Cook on High for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours.

STEP 3: SHRED

Finally, shred the chicken with two forks and then serve however you like.

Prep and Storage Tips for Easy Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

That is the whole point of making it in the crock pot, it does all the work for you.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

The chicken can last up to four days after cooking in the refrigerator if you store in an airtight container or in a bowl covered well with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The cooked chicken can be placed in a freezer bag or in an airtight container for 4 months without losing any of its nutritional value.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Thaw in the fridge overnight and then heat in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Gluten free spices can be used. The chicken is relatively healthy, but you can use a salt alternative for a low sodium diet.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN THIGHS FOR THE CHICKEN BREASTS?

Of course, that is a great substitute for this recipe, especially if you are a fan of dark meat.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, just make sure that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer before serving.

WHAT CAN THIS CHICKEN BE USED FOR?

Mexican Casseroles, quesadillas, soft tacos, hard tacos or burritos, just to name a few.

a closeup of crock pot Shredded Chicken on a plate next to lettuce and tortillas.

Expert Tips for Making This Crock Pot Shredded Chicken for Tacos Recipe

  • Add Premade Taco Seasoning: Use a store-bought taco seasoning or try making your own, it is super easy, like this Mild Taco Seasoning.
  • Fresh Veggies: Fresh Avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers.
  • Variation tip: Top with your favorite cheese, such as pepper jack, cheddar cheese or a great taco cheese blend.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Use gluten free taco shells or tortillas or place the chicken on top of a salad.

What to Serve with Crock Pot Shredded Chicken for Tacos

  • Spanish Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Salsa

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken for Tacos

Corinne Schmitt
Crock pot shredded chicken for tacos is that super moist, full of flavor recipe that you can only get by cooking the meat low and slow. It is melt in your mouth good.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 199 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large chicken breasts cut in half
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper or to taste (optional)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes or to taste (optional)
  • 16 ounce jar of salsa
  • Taco shells

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, paprika, onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder, ground cumin, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.
  • Lay chicken breasts on the bottom of crock pot.
  • Sprinkle seasoning mix evenly over all sides of the chicken.
  • Cover chicken with salsa.
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or high for 2-3 hours, or until chicken breasts are tender.
  • Use two forks to shred the chicken directly in your crock pot.
  • Serve in taco shells with topping of your choice.

Notes

 
  • Add Premade Taco Seasoning: Use a store-bought taco seasoning or try making your own, it is super easy, like this Mild Taco Seasoning.
  • Fresh Veggies: Fresh Avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers.
  • Variation tip: Top with your favorite cheese such as pepper jack, cheddar cheese or a great taco cheese blend.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Use gluten free taco shells or tortillas or place the chicken on top of a salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 33gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 876mgPotassium: 780mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 661IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Slow Cooker, Tacos
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This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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