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Easy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe

In this post I’ll be sharing an Easy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe that your family will love.

Y’all aren’t going to believe how easy this recipe is. Busy parents rejoice because you won’t have to stand over a hot stove after a busy day and everyone will clean their plates.

Who doesn’t love tacos? Am I right?!? We sure do and this crock pot chicken tacos recipe is so delicious.

All that you need are three simple ingredients that you throw into your slow cooker for the Mexican shredded chicken filling.

When the slow cooker shredded chicken is ready just fill your favorite taco shells, we like soft flour tortilla shells for the chicken tacos, and add your favorite toppings.

So let’s taco bout it (terrible pun attempt)!

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Shredded Mexican Chicken Soft Tacos

Check out that delicious chicken filling! YUM! There is the juicy chicken taco meat, toasted tortillas, cheese tucked down in there and your usually fare of toppings.

It is mostly about the cheese for me (bonafide cheese-aholic here) but I also like shredded lettuce, some pickled jalapenos and a little dollop of sour cream. Maybe a little hot sauce.

Weird fact about me – I used to not like sour cream but now I do.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos with Salsa

How to make crockpot chicken tacos with salsa

Before you head off into your busy day, add the chicken, seasoning and salsa to your slow cooker and let it do it’s thing.

I used boneless skinless breast pieces here but thighs would also be delicious in the mix.

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After the crock pot chicken has simmered a few hours, take the chicken pieces out and shred the meat then add it back to the slow cooker and stir to combine everything together.

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easy crock pot chicken tacos recipe in a slow cooker combined with salsa and seasonings

That slow cooker pulled chicken filling is so moist and flavorful. 

I want to mention that the amount of taco seasoning that you use is totally up to you. Some folks like using the entire envelope but I only use about half at a time these days.

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Soft chicken tacos with slow cooker shredded chicken and toppings

What Toppings are Good with Crockpot Chicken Tacos?

Shredded Cheese


Chopped Tomatoes


Pico de Gallo


Taco Sauce

Sour Cream

Pickled Jalapenos

Chipotle Sauce

And many more! You’re the master taco builder of your taco dinner so serve them up any way that you like.

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Easy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe

What do you eat with chicken tacos? We find the tacos to be filling enough for us but a side of refried beans, corn or Spanish style rice would also be delicious with your taco dinner.

Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker? Yes, but I prefer that the chicken is thawed beforehand. 

Now just to decide what to drink with your crock pot chicken tacos….hmmm, a margarita sounds nice!

Below you will find the full details in the printable recipe card and just past that I’m sharing a few more slow cooker meals that you might enjoy.

Yield: 1.5 pounds of Chicken taco filling

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe

Shredded Mexican Chicken Soft Tacos

Delicious crock pot chicken tacos recipe for an easy taco Tuesday family meal. Moist and delicious slow cooker shredded chicken along with soft flour taco shells and your favorite toppings is always a delicious dinner option.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes


Crock Pot Chicken Taco Filling

  • 16 ounce Jar of Salsa (your favorite brand works, I used Pace)
  • 1 lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (or thighs)
  • 1 Taco Seasoning Packet (I use half)

Chicken Taco Toppings

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Pickled Jalapeno Slices
  • Sour Cream
  • (more topping suggestions in the post)


  • Soft Flour Tortilla Taco Shells (or crunchy if preferred)


Crock Pot Chicken Taco Filling

  1. Empty the jar of salsa in the bottom of the slow cooker then add the taco seasoning and stir. Add the chicken breast pieces; cover and cook on the low setting 5-6 hours.
  2. Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and shred then return to the slow cooker; stir to combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Serving Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

  1. Warm the soft flour taco shells, if desired (I place them over the flame on my stove top for a minute then flip)
  2. Next, add some of the chicken filling along with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy.


More Options

You can use the regular taco size soft flour tortilla shells or use the mini size to make street tacos.

A taco kit is also a great option as it will have the seasoning included and a packet of taco sauce if you prefer not to purchase everything separately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 Tacos

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 405mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 41g
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Janet Bradley

Sunday 28th of March 2021

Why a 4.0 rating? Is it because the review were just because they like the sound of the recipe? Hope its good, cause Im gonna try this, then come back and give it a review. :0}

Julia Jordan

Monday 29th of March 2021

Janet, I have no control over the reviews left by others so I would assume that they enjoyed the recipe for how easy it is to make as well as being delicious. I can't say for sure though. I hope you do too. It is delicious. We are pretty picky eaters in this house and it past our taste tests ;)


Friday 5th of February 2021

What a tasty and easy recipe. I can't wait for our next taco night!


Friday 5th of February 2021

Yummm! I've never met a taco I didn't love! Adding these to the meal plan next week!

Julia Jordan

Friday 5th of February 2021

Deanne, What is it about tacos that is just so dang good? We love taco dinner nights! ~Julia

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