I’ll keep this short and sweet: this is one of my all time favorite recipes. If there is one crockpot recipe you need in your repertoire, this is it. But truthfully, after making it once you won’t even need the recipe because it’s just so darn easy.
Three ingredients and almost zero work. The result is a juicy, flavorful shredded chicken that makes some killer tacos. I like to load up my tacos, so they look a bit messy in the pictures. They were like that in real life, too. Messy and delicious. I’ve been told before I have a knack for ordering the messiest foods on any menu. Why? Because the messiest foods are the best foods. It’s a fact.
You can easily put together a great tortilla soup with the leftovers from the chicken. I’ve included the recipe at the bottom of this post. If you read through the comments you’ll also see a number of great reader suggestions for ways to adapt the recipe. My favorite twist is to add a block of cream cheese about 15 minutes before the chicken is served. I didn’t think this recipe could get any better until I made them and tried this out. Amazing. I’ve also seen that adding a can of cream of mushroom soup when you throw in the ingredients is delicious. I’ll be trying that next time!
**As a side note, I am SO grateful to everyone who has made this recipe and/or commented on the post. I may not be able to respond to all of the comments, but I read every one, and I absolutely love them! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that people are enjoying the recipe so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Recipe from Tasty Kitchen
Serves: ~12 people
- 1 1oz Envelope Taco Seasoning*
- 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, thawed
- 1 16oz jar Salsa*
- Dump all ingredients into a crockpot and give it a little stir to blend the seasoning with the salsa. You do not need to add any water to the taco seasoning. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken should shred easily when stirred with a fork.
- For tacos, serve the chicken with soft flour tortillas, guacamole, lettuce, shredded cheese and/or sour cream. This is very versatile and can be used for enchiladas, nachos, tostadas, quesadillas, etc. Any leftover chicken can then be used for tortilla soup (make it the next day or freeze the chicken to use at a later time).
- When I don’t want quite as much food I cut the recipe in half. You don’t have to get too exact about the measurements. I use three or four chicken breasts–whatever comes in the smaller package at the grocery store–and use between half and 3/4 of the amount of salsa and taco seasoning called for in the full recipe. The only result of using too much salsa for the amount of chicken you use is that it will have more liquid when it’s done. The flavor will be the same. Pour out a little of the liquid when the chicken is cooked and you’re good to go!
- *I use Old El Paso Reduced Sodium for the seasoning. For the salsa I switch between brands, but Newman’s Own and Pace are my favorites. Trader Joe’s Mango Salsa and other kinds with mango and peach flavors are delicious in this recipe as well. If you want to avoid using processed ingredients you can make this recipe using homemade salsa and homemade taco seasoning and achieve the same results with the added bonus of skipping out on the preservatives and such in pre-packaged ingredients.
- 2 cups of the shredded chicken
- One 32oz box of chicken broth
- One can corn(drain)
- 2 handfuls chopped cilantro
- One squeezed lime
- One can diced tomatoes (reg size)
- One can diced tomatoes w/ chiles (if you can’t find the can get another can of diced tomatoes and a can of diced chiles)
- 1/2 large yellow onion
- One can black beans
- 2-3 table spoons of tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons of cumin
- 2 teaspoons of chile powder
- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder