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Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Easy shredded chicken tacos made in a crock pot. Perfect for weeknights and busy weekends.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8


  • Crock Pot


  • 2 lbs Chicken Breasts About 2-3
  • 1 Large Onion Diced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Minced or Pressed
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Cup Salsa
  • 1 10oz Can Rotel Tomatoes


  • 2 Cups Juice from Chicken Mix
  • 1 Cup Rice


  • Cheese (Cheddar or Pepper Jack)
  • Cilantro
  • Limes
  • Olives
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Jalapeno


For the Shredded Chicken

  • Take the diced yellow onion and minced garlic and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Place the chicken on top and cover with the olive oil.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the remaining spices over the chicken and then add in the salsa and Rotel tomatoes.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • About 30 minutes before the chicken is done shred with a fork and add back to the crock pot for the remaining time. Shredding tip: Place your chicken in your kitchen aid with the paddle attachment and run at low speed.
  • When chicken is done strain the juices for the rice. Place the chicken in a strainer with a bowl underneath and press with a spoon or potato masher to squeeze the juices out of the chicken. If the chicken is soggy it will make your taco shell soggy.


  • Take 2 cups of the juice from the chicken and add to a medium pot and bring to a boil. If you do not have 2 cups add some water to get 2 full cups of liquid.
  • Once it reaches a boil add the rice, stir and cover.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 min.
  • Once rice is done, fluff with a fork.


  • Make your taco with the chicken, the rice and all your desired toppings.


My kids do not like spicy dishes so I keep this relatively mild. You can add some cayenne, hot sauce, spicy salsa, chili in adobo sauce or diced jalapeños to give it an extra kick.
Keyword Chicken Tacos, Shredded Chicken, Shredded Chicken Tacos, Tacos
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