Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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It doesn’t have to be Tuesday to enjoy these amazingly easy slow cooker chicken tacos. Made with just five ingredients and topped with avocado, cilantro, and salsa, you can set it and forget it! 

Looking for more slow cooker weekday meals? Check out my popular posts for Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, Slow Cooker Beef Roast, and Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

overhead view of three tacos in corn tortillas with shredded chicken and avocado slices

Hi, my name is Tiffany, and I’m a taco-holic. Is there such a thing? If there isn’t I’m going to start it. I could eat tacos all day, every day. But, unfortunately most days I don’t have all day to eat tacos, much less make them. That’s when I get out my trusty sidekick the slow cooker, add some meat, a can of this, a tablespoon of that, put the lid on, set it and go about my day. 

My days are also made infinitely easier to get through too when I know there is an easy, delicious dinner all cooked and waiting for me as my reward. 

ingredients for slow cooker chicken tacos on marble table

Why This Recipe Works

From chicken breasts to chili powder, this slow cooker chicken taco recipe works any which way you like it. 

Chicken breasts — I always have chicken in my freezer (and I am known to stock up when it’s on sale too!) for days such as this one, where I need the slow cooker to come to my rescue. Easy to cook, easy to shred into tacos, so tasty, there’s nothing I don’t love about chicken. 

Spices — This is a no-brainer too. The combination of garlic powder and chili powder delivers a one-two punch to the tastebuds that’s just unparalleled. Plus, two spices makes for easy prep and putting away. 

Toppings — I’ll go into more on this later but it’s my favorite part of any taco, honestly. I always have avocado and cilantro, but you can add soooooo very much to tacos. Read on for more taco topping ideas. 

Leftovers — Double this baby up for all the shredded chicken taco leftovers. Shredded chicken will keep in the fridge for about 3 days and in the freezer for up to 5 months.
whole uncooked chicken breasts with liquid and spices in slow cooker

Here’s How You Make It

Did I mention this was so easy? 

Slow Cooker Directions 

  1. Add the chicken, salsa verde, and spices to your slow cooker. 
  2. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-6 hours. 
  3. Shred the chicken with two forks and stir in the sauce. 
  4. Serve on tortillas with desired toppings. 

Instant Pot Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot, cover and seal. 
  2. Pressure cook on high for 12 minutes, let it quick (naturally) release, then shred and eat as directed.
    shredded chicken with two forks in brown liquid inside slow cooker

Ideas for Taco Toppings

Toppings? Toppings are my favorite! (Said in the voice of Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf.) 

Some of my favorite ways to crown a taco include, but are not limited to: 

  • Salsa 
  • Avocado/guacamole 
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Cilantro 
  • A squeeze of lime juice
  • Black olives
  • Diced red onions
  • Fruit salsa 
  • Hot sauce 
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cabbage/slaw
  • Chipotles in adobo 
  • Sour cream/plain Greek yogurt
  • Diced jalapenos
  • Pickled red onions 
  • Black beans
  • Corn 
  • Rice 

Ideas for Sides 

Tacos are fine but you know what makes tacos better (besides toppings?) all the sides!

 

  • Try serving up a big side of Mexican rice and to go along with these shredded chicken tacos. 
  • A black bean salad is an unexpected, but refreshing side dish that goes great with any kind of tacos. 
  • Speaking of salads, this chicken avocado corn salad is great, just serve it without the chicken for a vegetarian side. 
  • Not in the mood for a fancy salad? Try something simpler, like this easy greens salad
  • If you are looking for a low-carb option, you can make cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash on the side. 

overhead view of five tacos with avocado and shredded chicken and salsa with limes on the side

Expert Tips

  • I think it’s easiest to shred the chicken with two forks right in the slow cooker, but you can also take the chicken out to shred one at a time on a plate (then put back into the sauce) or, I’ve heard it’s easy to shred chicken using a hand-held mixer but I’ve not done this myself so be careful if you decide to try it, it’ll definitely be hot and it could be messy too. 
  • Make the tacos creamy by adding in a brick of cream cheese to the shredded chicken. Add the lid back on for a couple minutes to melt the cheese, then stir in. 
  • A great way to store this chicken in the freezer is to put it in a ziploc baggie (once it’s cooled to room temperature), seal the bag, label it, and store flat. 
  • If you are meal prepping with this slow cooker shredded chicken recipe, split the chicken up into portion sizes before putting in the fridge — so much easier to take and warm up when you already have it portioned out. 

up close view of one whole and two partial shredded chicken tacos

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overhead view of shredded chicken tacos with onions and cilantro

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 16 ounces salsa verde
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • tortillas for serving
  • avocados, cilantro, salsa optional, for serving

Instructions

  • In your slow cooker combine chicken, salsa verde, chili powder, garlic powder, chili powder.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or 4-6 hours on slow. (see notes for Instant Pot directions)
  • Shred chicken with two forks and give it all a good stir.
  • Serve in tortillas with desired toppings.

Notes

Instant Pot: Combine ingredients in Instant Pot, cover and seal. Pressure Cook on high for 12 minutes, quick release, then shred as directed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 786IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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Chili powder is listed twice. Should it be 2 teas of cumim

    Yes! So sorry about that typo. Thanks!

You show 3 spices In the photos but other than garlic powder and chili powder, what is the Other one? Also, “ quick release” and Naturally” are two different things for the insta pot. Could you clarify? Thanks

    So sorry about that! It has been updated to include cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder. 🙂

5 stars
Easy recipe and delicious!

5 stars
Really enjoyed this recipe! Great for an easy weeknight meal. Tasted great when served as tacos and then reheated and served over a salad the next day. Thanks for sharing this!

    Awesome idea for using the leftovers! Thanks for sharing, Chantelle!

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