This slow cooker chicken taco salad recipe is a fantastic weeknight dinner. Best of all, serving it on a bed of fresh lettuce makes it lower carb than eating with tortillas. Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Salad in Crock Pot Shredded Chicken on plate

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Salad

Craving a low carb and easy lunch or dinner? You should have this as one of our easy go-to weeknight dinner recipes: Slow cooker chicken taco salad. The flavors are fantastic and there’s nothing easier than adding everything to your slow cooker or crock pot. The delicious aroma will fill the house and you’ll have a fantastic Mexican chicken for your healthy taco salad. Add what ever topping you want and make this taco salad awesome. The shredded chicken comes out juicy and tender. You’ll have leftovers for quesadillas, soup or tacos!

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How to Make Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

We like to cook boneless thigh meat because there’s lots more flavor. You can definitely use boneless skinless chicken breast if you want to make it a little healthier. What ever you use, the crock pot or slow cooker will cook the chicken to tender perfection. It’ll be so juicy and hope you love it was much as we do.

  1. Add boneless skinless chicken to slow cooker or crock pot.
  2. Add tomato sauce and all the Mexican chicken spices.
  3. More Recipe Details in the recipe box below. You can also print out the recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Salad in Crock Pot in bowl

This recipe was originally published in 2019 and re-publihsed in 2020 with updated photos.

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Salad in Crock Pot Shredded Chicken |

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Salad

Feel free to adjust the spices as you prefer. Make it more or less spicy. Add oregano or change the cumin amount, etc.. You can also just replace the spices for 1 bag of taco seasoning if you prefer. Chicken thigh or leg meat will be juicer than breast meat, but if you prefer, the breast meat still comes out quite nice. We'll usually prefer boneless, skinless but feel free to use whatever you have available.
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For the Chicken

  • 2 pounds chicken , preferrably boneless and skinless (*see head note)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or salsa
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt , or more to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder , or to taste (optional, for spicy flavor)

For the Salad

  • 6 cups chopped lettuce

Optional Toppings:

  • salsa
  • gaucamole
  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • sliced avocado
  • lime wedges
  • hot sauce
  • sliced radishes
  • diced or sliced red onion



  • Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker (chicken, tomato sauce or salsa, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper, and optional chipotle powder). Stir to completely coat the chicken with the spices & sauce.
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  • Slow cook for about 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
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  • Take the chicken pieces out of the slow cooker, cut into 1-2 inch pieces, then place back in the slow cooker. Shed with a couple forks to break up the chicken. Taste the chicken and add more salt if needed.
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  • When ready to serve, top the lettuce with the shredded chicken and with whatever other preferred toppings you like.
    Taste the chicken and add more salt if needed.


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 205kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 672mg, Potassium: 879mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1028IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 2mg

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