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Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken for Tacos

Slow cooker shredded chicken that only takes 3 ingredients. Easy, versatile and delicious.

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken

EASY. If you’ve spent any time at all on my little blog, you know that easy is my favorite word.

Oh wait, no it’s not.

POPCORN is my favorite word.

But easy is important too. I need 2949044 more hours in the day to do everything I need to do so easy meals are very important to me. And slow cooker meals are also a lifesaver. Pop it in in the morning before work, before school, before heading to the zoo, whatever. Then when 4pm rolls around and you’re completely exhausted, dinner is already ready.

But I don’t have to tell you the charms of a slow cooker — everyone knows they are awesome.

3 ingredient shredded chicken for tacos

Other things I love? Food that can be frozen and food that is versatile. This recipe covers alllll those things:

  • EASY
  • Slow Cooker
  • Freezable
  • Versatile

Oh yeah, and it tastes great too. Clearly that’s of major importance. This recipe also uses my homemade taco seasoning which I’m beyond obsessed with. If you missed it, I threw it into some homemade flour tortillas on Monday.

As I mentioned, one of the great aspects of this shredded chicken is its versatility. When I made this, I did tacos for my family but I threw mine on a sweet potato with some other taco toppings. It was one of the best things I’ve eaten in the last couple months. This chicken is also a recipe that I love to make in large batches and freeze dinner-sized portions. Great for nights when I don’t have a clear plan in mind for dinner. I can take a bag of this chicken out of the freezer and use it for tacos, enchiladas, nachos, or loaded sweet potatoes. Whatever my fridge, pantry or stomach dictates.

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken for Tacos

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Slow cooker shredded chicken that only takes 3 ingredients. Easy, versatile and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • one 48 ounce bag of boneless skinless frozen chicken breasts
  • one 16 ounce jar of salsa
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until chicken is tender and cooked through. Shred using two forks or a potato masher. Cook for another hour on low before serving or freezing.

Verdict: So good! Definitely a great go-to recipe.
Husband’s take: Loves it!
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but it is on the juicy side, so you could drain some of the liquid off if you wanted a neater chicken for tacos or nachos.
Difficulty: Easy.

   

18 Responses to “Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken for Tacos”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 30, 2014 at 6:26 am

    POPCORN is my favorite word too! I’m totally obsessed with it.
    and EASY. I love these tacos? 3 ingredient meals are my love language! Pinned!

  2. Beth @ The First Year — April 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I always refer to mine as the “magical crockpot”! Pinning Rachel!

  3. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 30, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Yes, this is definitely easy and perfect for cinco de mayo.

  4. Liz@Virtually Homemade — April 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I love making a pot of shredded chicken. It’s ridiculously easy. Thanks for recipe!

  5. whatjessicabakednext — April 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Brilliant recipe- love shredded chicken tacos- so good!

  6. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — April 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    i made a similar recipe from another blog it was phenomenal..i like the idea of adding taco seasonings on this.

  7. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — April 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I totally make chicken with salsa in the crock pot all the time, but never thought to add taco seasoning, love it, will definitely try that next time! The photos are so gorgeous, I’d like some of it right now!!

  8. denise — April 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    hmm, I may make this for dinner tomorrow!

  9. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — April 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Everyone needs a recipe like this in their back pocket! Love.

  10. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Yum yum! Love how quick and easy this is, Rachel. And there are so many options for using precooked, shredded chicken you already have on hand!

  11. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — May 2, 2014 at 1:32 am

    This so easy, that it makes me suspicious. Aaaaah just kidding. I like tacos. Everyone pretty much makes their own dinner. No complaints. They can tailor it to fit them completely. You are so correct about the number of hours in the day. Daylight savings time is such a misnomer. Heaven help me, if I only did things during the daylight hours. With that restriction I would certainly be up the proverbial creek.

  12. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — May 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I love this! Easy, versatile, and freezer-friendly? Yes please! This is totally pinned and I’ll be making it very soon.

  13. Bryn — May 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Have you tried this with thighs? My husband is pro thigh and anti breast. That didn’t come out right….

    • Rachel Gurk — May 4th, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

      I’ve done similar recipes with thighs or a combination of thigh and breasts and it turns out great! Shouldn’t be an issue. You can always drain some fat/juice out if need be.

      • Bryn — May 5th, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

        Thank you so much for your help. They turned out great!

  14. Becki — October 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Do you put the chicken in the crockpot frozen? I want to make this for a family fiesta we are having this weekend.

    • Rachel Gurk — October 8th, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

      Either way! If you put them in frozen, you might need to increase cooking time slightly. Hope you love the recipe!

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