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Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos recipe is so easy. It’s very tasty and sure to make dinner a breeze. Crockpot Chicken tacos recipe has only 3 ingredients and will be a hit with the entire family.

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Chicken Tacos on a plate topped with tomatoes, cheese and lettuce

Crockpot Chicken Tacos Recipe:

These are the best chicken tacos and they are so easy to make. Perfect for a weeknight meal. This Shredded Chicken Tacos Crock Pot recipe is made with only 3 ingredients and is a crowd favorite.

The entire family will love these and you will love how simple they are. Once you make Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos, your family will ask for them all the time.

I’m so excited to share with you the BEST crockpot Chicken tacos recipe that you can possibly imagine.

We also love street tacos made with tender beef and lime or our chicken ranch tacos for another easy and delicious recipe.

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Chicken Tacos on a plate topped with tomatoes, cheese and lettuce

How to Make Shredded Chicken Tacos:

This is a simple recipe that will soon become a family favorite. It is tasty and delicious and so easy.

I use a hand mixer to shred the chicken faster. It is so easy and one of my best time saving kitchen tips.

If you are not shredding your chicken this way, you are missing out. It can be done in a fraction of the time by doing it by hand.

Plus, I love the texture of the chicken when you use the hand mixer. I have an entire post on how to shred with your mixer that you can check out.

If you don’t have a mixer, shredding with two forks works as well. It’s a great recipe.

Chicken Tacos on a plate topped with tomatoes, cheese and lettuce

Can I use Homemade Taco Seasoning?

Yes, you can use Homemade Taco Seasoning. We prefer to use homemade taco seasoning instead of the packet as our homemade seasoning taste so much better.

There are no ingredients that we can’t pronounce and we adjust the seasoning to what we like. Making homemade taco seasoning saves me time and money.

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Taco Ingredients:

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salsa (we used picante but any will work great)
  • Taco Seasoning (we used homemade)
Crockpot Chicken Tacos recipe is so easy! It's very tasty and sure to make dinner a breeze. Crockpot Chicken tacos has only 3 ingredients and will be a hit.

How to Make Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos:

  • Step 1 – Add chicken in slow cooker – First, In a crockpot, place chicken breasts (frozen) in the bottom.
  • Step 3 – Add seasoning – Next, Sprinkle with the homemade taco seasoning mix.
  • Step 4 – Top with salsa – Then Top with the salsa
  • Step 5 – Cook chicken – Finally Cook on low for 6 hours, or cooking on 3 to 4 hours on high.
  • Step 6 – Shred Chicken – Shred the chicken and serve with your favorite taco toppings
Chicken Tacos on a plate topped with tomatoes, cheese and lettuce

Tips for Crock Pot Shredded Taco Chicken:

  • Chicken – We used frozen chicken breast but you can also use chicken thighs or chicken tender. This recipe will also work if your chicken is not frozen.
  • Seasoning – We like to use homemade taco seasoning but you can also use the packet taco seasoning.
  • Salsa – Use any salsa that you prefer. We like to use a chunky style salsa which adds flavor to the chicken.
  • Shredding the chicken – Shred the chicken with a hand mixer or stand mixer. You can also shred with chicken. Make sure to stir the shredded chicken back in to combine with the salsa and seasoning.
  • Add Seasoning – This 3 ingredients chicken taco recipe is delicious how it is, but you can easily add in other ingredients. We recommend chili powder, garlic powder or adding a lime juice.

How to Store Crockpot Taco Chicken leftovers:

Place the leftover chicken in an air tight container and place in the refrigerator. The leftover chicken will last about 4 days in store properly. Use the leftover chicken for many different recipes.

Topping Ideas for Shredded Chicken Tacos:

There are many different toppings that are delicious on these shredded chicken tacos. These are some of our favorite toppings.

  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Green Onion
  • Salsa
  • Cilantro
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
Chicken Tacos on a plate topped with tomatoes, cheese and lettuce

How to Freeze Slow Cooker Shredded Taco Chicken:

Crock pot chicken taco meat can easily be prepared as a frozen meal. Place your frozen chicken in a zip lock bag and add your seasoning and salsa.

Add your frozen meal to the freeze and it will last about 3 month. You can also freeze the prepared shredded chicken tacos the same and place in the freezer.

We love to prepare freezer meals for a quick and easy dinner idea.

How to use Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Leftovers:

This is the perfect meal to cook one and eat twice. So many different options to use your leftover chicken. I love to double the recipe so I can use for another meal.

  • Flour or Corn Tortillas
  • Taco Shells
  • Taco Salad
  • Burritos
  • Nachos
  • Burrito Bowl
  • Chimichangas
  • Quesadillas
  • Soups
  • The options are endless.

This is the perfect recipe to meal prep with. You can easily make this recipe and eat it with different ingredients to enjoy all week. Store in a plastic container with your favorite sides for a quick lunch idea.

What to Serve with Shredded Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos on a plate topped with tomatoes, cheese and lettuce

Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe:

My family is busy with work, school and sports. Slow Cooker meals have saved me so much time and money. Plus this recipes combines all my family favorites together in one pan.

Place the frozen chicken in the slow cooker and then add in the salsa and the taco seasoning. Cook on how on low or high for a delicious meal idea. Place in your favorite tortillas for a complete meal idea.

There are so many ways to enjoy this shredded taco meat. Make burritos, burrito bowels or quesadilla for other meal ideas.

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Crockpot Chicken Tacos recipe

4.95 from 112 votes
Crock pot Chicken Tacos recipe is so good! Make slow cooker Shredded chicken tacos! Chicken tacos crock pot recipe is quick. Crock pot shredded chicken tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 116
Author Carrie Barnard


  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup salsa (we used picante)
  • 1 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning (we used homemade)


  • In a crockpot, place chicken breasts (frozen) in the bottom
  • Sprinkle with the seasoning.
  • Top with the salsa
  • Cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 3 hours.
  • Shred the chicken and serve with your favorite taco toppings

Recipe Notes

We use this shredded chicken taco recipe to make tacos, but you could eat it by itself, serve it over rice, use it to make quesadillas,  or even in wonton wrappers.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 116kcal, Carbohydrates 4g, Protein 18g, Fat 2g, Cholesterol 54mg, Sodium 606mg, Potassium 498mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 395IU, Vitamin C 2.6mg, Calcium 24mg, Iron 0.6mg

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  1. That is delicious chicken tacos, homemade is best. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop and Pinning it.

  2. Hi, I love this recipe! So simple and delicious! The girls I nanny for love it. I had one question though can this be made with chicken breast that isn’t frozen? If so, what changes in cooking time would I need to make?

    Thanks in advance for your help 🙂

  3. You don’t have to, but you can if you want. Since my chicken breasts are frozen, the provide a lot of water and moisture as they cook.

  4. Hi,

    I am sorry if I missed it, but how many does this recipe serve? Sounds delish! Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    This was great and so easy to whip up. I used a packet of taco seasoning, half a 24oz jar of verde salsa (that was what I had on hand), and it turned out brilliantly. As much as I like tacos, this will easily become a mainstay. Thanks!

  6. can you double the recipe for a larger group? If so, should the cooking time of 6 hr on low be adjusted?

  7. 4 stars
    I’m new to the insta pot but would like to make this how would I do this in the insta pot thanks for great

  8. Carrie what shells are better to use! The small soft taco shells or large burrito slice? These sound so good & easy!! Thx

  9. I saw a segment on this crockpot chicken in the instapot but I didn’t see any instructions in addition to the crockpot in this recipe. Will a full bag of frozen chick take 35 minutes in the instapot?

  10. Yes, I usually do 35 minutes for frozen chicken and 30 minutes for fresh chicken. Thank you!

  11. You mentioned Crockpot Chicken tacos with cream cheese, sounds yummy, but when would you add it?

  12. This is so easy recipe of chicken crockpot. Looks so yummy and delicious, I really enjoy this reading. I have read all article of your website and I just love all of them. Thank you for sharing.

  13. What brand of crock pot do you use? Is it an Instapot or a crock pot? Can you still buy crock pots? Also I sent a private message to your site awhile back asking the make of your can opener with the magnetic piece to lift lids.

  14. I have a bunch of different crock pots. My favorite right now is an Instant Pot Aura Slow Cooker. It’s a crock pot but the brand name is Instant pot. The can opener I love is a Pampered Chef can opener. Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    My kids loved the chicken tacos. It was a great meal to have and ready when we got home from a busy day. Even the hubby enjoyed this recipe.

  16. 5 stars
    I fix this dish almost every week, it is just that good! The chicken always turns out very moist, not dryed out at all. It’s also super easy and not many ingredients, which is always a plus in my book!

  17. 5 stars
    The chicken came out absolutely delicious! It’s definitely easy to customize, if you like yours hot. We kept ours mild. The kids loved it!

  18. 5 stars
    Both of us loved this recipe! Neither of us had ever had “chicken tacos” before & now with this recipe, we have them a couple times a month!

  19. 5 stars
    Very tasty! Used 3 frozen chicken breasts, homemade taco seasoning and picante salsa – it took 4 hours on high. Also tried it with cream cheese and liked it both ways. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. They are so delicious but my chicken always turns out watery. Does anyone know why?

  21. Chicken releases different amounts of water when cooking it based on the size and type of chicken. I would reduce the amount of salsa that you add so that it’s not too watery for the next time or you can spoon off the excess liquid at the end of the cook time.

  22. This recipe is not only so easy it is delicious. I love that you can use your own favorite salsa. I adjusted the size of the recipe and made this for a graduation party. It was a hit and many

  23. 5 stars
    This is one of my daughters favorite recipes, she asks for it all of the time. Family favorite

  24. 5 stars
    My husband is a very picky eater and he was amazed how good these were. Will make again to freeze for later.