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Crockpot Salsa Chicken has just 3 ingredients and makes the best dinner. Serve this flavorful chicken in tacos, burritos, salads and more for an easy meal.

Shredded salsa chicken being placed in flour tortillas with tongs
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You are going to be shocked how easy this recipe for Crock pot salsa chicken is. With only 3 ingredients and the slow cooker doing all the work, it is the easiest dinner for busy weeknights.

The chicken is so tender that you can shred it with a fork. It makes great leftovers and our entire family loves it. If you love this salsa chicken, then you will love The Best Baked Mexican Chicken or Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken.

Why We Love This Recipe

This salsa chicken recipe is a family favorite. I love to make it on the weekends to have cooked chicken for a quick lunch or dinner. My kids love to make Shredded Chicken Quesadillas when then get home from school.

The slow cooker does all the work and the chicken turns out so delicious and juicy.


Chicken breast, taco seasoning and salsa

Variations Ideas

  • Chicken – This recipe can be made with boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs or chicken tenders.
  • Spices – The seasoning can easily be changed to what you prefer. This is why we like making our homemade seasoning because you easily add in more chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and onion.
  • Salsa – You can make this salsa chicken with milk salsa or hot salsa.

How to Make Crockpot Salsa Chicken

  • Step 1 – Toss everything in the crock pot. We actually keep our chicken breasts frozen. But you can also use thawed chicken.
Chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning placed in the crock pot
  • Step 2 – Let it cook all day – about 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
  • Step 3 – Then just simply remove the chicken and shred it. That is literally all you do!
Shredded Salsa Chicken in the slow cooker
  • Step 4 – It is that easy to make! Make tacos, burritos and more with this cooked shredded chicken.

Recipe Tips

  • Shred Chicken – You can easily shred the chicken with two forks. But you can also Learn How to Shred with a Stand Mixer.
  • After Shredding Chicken – Once you have shredded chicken, make sure to mix with the salsa to soak up all the juices. This helps to keep the chicken juicy.
Shredded Chicken tacos in flour tortillas topped with shredded cheese, tomatoes and sour cream

Serving Suggestions 

This salsa chicken recipe is my favorite way to meal prep for the week. After shredding the chicken, make this Chicken Taco Salad Recipe with lettuce, cheese and sour cream.

It is even delicious served in Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe topped with Easy Guacamole Recipe with Salsa and Black Beans in the Crockpot. We even love to make Crock Pot Chicken Tacos with different types of taco shells. You can serve with flour tortillas or corn tortillas.

It even taste better with fresh lime juice squeezed on the top when serving.

Shredded chicken placed in flour tortillas with a side of fresh limes

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to cook chicken on low or high in the slow cooker?

We like to cook our chicken on low but it still will turn out great if cook on high. Just make sure to check the chicken so it doesn’t overcook which will dry it out.

How to Store Leftover Salsa Chicken

Store the leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If stored correctly, the chicken will last about 3-4 days.

Can I Freeze Salsa Chicken?

Yes, you can freeze this shredded chicken. After it has cooled to room temperature, place in a freezer safe container or zip lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

More Crockpot Chicken Recipes

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Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

5 from 12 votes
Crock pot salsa chicken recipe has just 3 ingredients and makes an easy dinner. Serve this tasty chicken in tacos, burritos, salads and more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 198


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  • Place all the ingredients in a crock pot. 
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. 
  • Shred the chicken. 
  • Enjoy as is or serve over tortillas or rice.  Enjoy!  

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 198kcal, Carbohydrates 6g, Protein 33g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0.02g, Cholesterol 96mg, Sodium 811mg, Potassium 781mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 539IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 32mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Beatrice Mayers says:

    5 stars
    Super easy! There was enough to have tacos for dinner and then burritos for lunch the next day.

  2. Kathryn Canty says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this several times because we love it. It’s easy and healthy!

  3. Marian Stringer says:

    5 stars
    This looks amazing and so simple. I live using my crock pot at this time of year. Will be trying this tonight!!

  4. Katherine Ginter says:

    5 stars
    Easy weeknight dinner and so delicious!

  5. Carrie says:

    Thank you so much!

  6. Mila Kaminski says:

    5 stars
    I definitely have to try this slow cooker salsa recipe. It looks very appetizing!

  7. Carrie says:

    The recipe card has been added now. Thank you!

  8. Carrie says:

    So glad you enjoyed it – thank you for sharing!

  9. Esther says:

    5 stars
    Easy, tasty recipe. I use a 16 oz. jar of hot salsa; otherwise no other changes. Like the option of having extra liquid to pour over rice. Try this chicken (drained) on tostada shells topped with shredded lettuce & chopped fresh tomatoes. Even better is shredded cabbage and thinly sliced radishes, a la central Mexico style.

  10. Dina Lloyd says:

    There’s no recipe listed to print, only a photo. Can you re-post because I want to add this to my collection.
    Thank you!

  11. KC Goodman says:

    Made too much for us. Can the leftovers be frozen?

  12. Courtney says:

    Trying it for dinner tonight. I’ve made something like this but with cream of chicken. Tasted even more amazing!

  13. Savannah says:

    Add one packet of dry taco seasoning and a whole jar of salsa and serve on a tortilla with cheese…it is AMAZING!

  14. Rach Merritt says:

    This is a favorite in our house also. LOVE this recipe.