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posted: 02/16/20

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Crockpot Chicken Tacos are a staple in our house. This recipe is only three ingredients and makes for a perfect easy dinner. Want to do it faster? Make my Instant Pot Chicken Tacos!

upclose picture of a chicken taco garnished with pico de Gallo

This is a recipe that has been on my site for years! I said it then and I will say it now, it barely counts as a recipe.

But I insist on sharing it with you because it is such a simple and easy way to make a great dinner for your family. Everyone in my house loves taco night so much, and this moist shredded chicken made in the slow cooker is the essential ingredient to making it perfect.

MAKE CROCKPOT CHICKEN TACOS IN A FEW EASY STEPS

Start by putting raw chicken breasts in the crockpot. See below for how much you can cook at one time.

a raw chicken breast being placed into a crockpot to make tacos

Add taco seasoning. You can see here, I’m using a store bought packet. That works perfect!

If you would like to make it from scratch you can use my Homemade Taco Seasoning which gives you measurements to replace the packet (3 tablespoons) or enough to make a big batch to always have on hand.

a packet of taco seasoning being poured into a slow cooker

Add enough chicken stock to cover the chicken (about four cups).

You can buy a carton of chicken stock, or keep chicken stock base in your pantry and make four cups before making these tacos.

If you are worried about the salt content of this recipe, I suggest making my taco seasoning and lessening the salt. Then use low sodium chicken broth.

pour chicken stock from a measuring cup into a slow cooker to make chicken tacos

Cook on low for four hours.

This may not seem like enough time, but the way modern slow cookers cook, I’ve never had a problem with this length of time.

shredded chicken for tacos in a slow cooker

DID I JUST MAKE SOUP?

I once had someone comment on this recipe that the next time they were going to make this they were going to cut the chicken stock down to 1 cup because they had just made soup.

Please don’t do that.

By covering the chicken with chicken stock we keep it from drying out in the slow cooker. There is nothing worse than coming home to a crockpot meal to find that your white meat, is all dry.

With the stock in this recipe that doesn’t happen.

Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it. You will have deliciously seasoned shredded chicken perfect for chicken tacos. And not soup.

overhead view of shredded chicken for tacos on a blue plate with a lime wedge, cilantro, pico de Gallo, tomatoes, and a jalapeño around the plate

DOUBLE IT

We made this recipe for my in laws at Christmas. We had about thirty people eating, a mixture of adults and kids. We made this recipe and my Taco Meat. It was a huge hit!

You can easily double this recipe and it will still work in a 6 quart slow cooker. Double the meat, double the taco seasoning, and make sure you have enough chicken stock to cover the chicken. Cook for 1 to 2 extra hours on low.

I do not recommend tripling this recipe. We are fortunate enough to own two slow cookers, so we did four pounds of chicken – two in each slow cooker.

FREEZING LEFT OVERS

The left overs for this recipe are great! I often store them (without the liquid from the slow cooker) and have them on a taco salad for lunch the next day.

If you would like to freeze the left overs, do so in an airtight container with enough cooking liquid to completely cover the chicken.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN TACOS

This chicken taco recipe is so simple that we often just put out shredded cheese, sour cream, olives, and jalapeños and let the kids built their own tacos.

If you want to get a little classier, make my homemade Pico de Gallo. It is absolutely delicious and takes these tacos over the top.

I’m not sure that taco night is fully complete with out the world’s best margaritas. Not a brag, it’s a friend’s recipe, and it really is the best. Especially if you toss in a few fresh jalapeño slices.

If you want to bulk out this meal a little more, you can make some cilantro lime rice.

If you make this recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

three tacos on a blue plate in front of a crockpot
three tacos on a blue plate in front of a crockpot
5 from 8 votes

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Crockpot Chicken Tacos are a staple in our house. This recipe is only three ingredients and makes for a perfect easy dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning or a 1 ounce packet from the store

Instructions

  • In the base of a slow cooker wisk together the taco seasoning and chicken stock. Add in the chicken.
  • Cook on low for four hours.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the crockpot, shred and serve with tortillas and taco toppings.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican

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  1. Kristin says

    Have you tried this in the instant pot? Thinking of trying this week – looks delicious!

  2. Lyla Hassan says

    5 stars
    This is an amazing way to cook prepare chicken tacos, I never thought of it before. Thanks for a delicious yet simple recipe.Will be trying it for sure coming weekend.

  3. Lisa Longley says

    I’ve made it a number of times using 3 cups, and you pull the chicken out. It’s worked for me, keeps the chicken nice and moist and makes for delicious tacos.

  4. Catherine Owens says

    If I’m cooking for a crowd of 15 can I triple this? How long would I cook the chicken?

    • Lisa Longley says

      You can double it and cook it for 1 to 2 hours longer. I wouldn’t recommend tripling it.

  5. Terry says

    I know it’s always “easy” to use a package of taco seasoning, however they all have MSG in them. Making one’s own seasoning is easy, and so much cheaper in the long run! Not to mention healthier. Your recipe sounds delicious!

  6. Lani says

    Can this recipe be used for burritos

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! We’ve used it for burritos too. I used it for baked burritos here:

  7. Catherine Dickey says

    What does the seasonings consist off for topping you put in them

  8. Sunny Pedersen says

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!!! My husband has always been against chicken in tacos! He thinks only ground beef can be in tacos. This recipe made him a believer!!! Now he prefers this over any other taco hands down!!! Thank you for the easy delicious recipe!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you and your husband liked it Sunny! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know!

  9. Janine says

    5 stars
    Yum! Made it many times for when we go camping and just heat it up there!

    • Lisa Longley says

      That is so smart, Janine!

  10. Gloria Saik says

    I totally love your recipes, keep them coming. Maybe you should make a cookbook, I would but it. Thanks for the great recipes, Gloria Saik

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much for these kind words, Gloria!

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