Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (or a mix)

Seasonings

  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (store-bought packet or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Liquids

  • 1 cup salsa (choose your favorite heat level)
  • ½ cup chicken broth (low-sodium is good)

Optional

  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chiles

Instructions

1. Prep the chicken

  • If there’s any visible fat on the chicken, trim it off.

2. Mix seasonings

  • In a small bowl, combine all the dry seasonings (taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, garlic, onion, salt, pepper).

3. Crock Pot magic

  • Place your chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over the chicken.
  • Add chopped onions and green chiles to the crockpot, if using.
  • Pour the salsa and chicken broth over the chicken and seasoning.

4. Cook

  • Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is very tender and easily shreds with forks.

5. Shred and serve

  • Remove chicken from the slow cooker. Use two forks to shred it directly in the pot with the remaining juices, or transfer to a plate to shred.
  • Serve in your choice of tortillas (flour or corn), or lettuce wraps, with your favorite toppings.

6. Topping Ideas

  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, Mexican blend)
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole or sliced avocado
  • Diced tomato
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped onion (white or red)
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Hot sauce

Tips

Spice it up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the seasoning mix for extra heat.

Flavor boost: Use fire-roasted tomatoes or salsa with added ingredients like corn, black beans, or chipotles for an extra layer of flavor.

Make it your own: This is a great base recipe to customize. Try different salsas, add more veggies, or experiment with different spices.

Bulk it up: Double the recipe for leftovers or to feed a crowd!

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