Okay, we’re so excited that you landed on this recipe for slow cooker chicken tacos. You can also make them in any crock pot. We’re so obsessed with these chicken tacos because the flavor is fantastic and it’s so easy to make. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Recipe in Crock Pot on plate

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken tacos 

Just add all the ingredients to a slow cooker or crock pot and wall away for a few hours. You’ll come back to an amazing pot of juicy and tender chicken with aromas filling the house. The combination of seasonings in our recipe is amazing and super flavorful. That’s why they make such great tacos. These won’t be bland nor boring tacos. We wanted to make sure the chicken was super delicious that everyone will love.

Video: Recipe for Crock Pot Chicken Tacos 

How to Serve Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken 

The versatility of our Mexican chicken recipe in the slow cooker is endless, beyond the chicken taco. If you have leftovers, you can use the chicken in a cheesy quesadilla, tostadas or enchiladas. If you to eat low carb, you can make a healthy chicken taco salad. The possibilities are endless for you to enjoy this Mexican chicken with your family. That’s why we warned you ahead is time: you just might be eating this a lot! 

We have quite a collection of chicken taco recipes for both the Instant Pot, slow cooker or crock pot. Check them out and hope you enjoy these quick and easy chicken dinners as much as we do. We know your family will love it and you’ll have great leftovers for lunch! Thank you!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Recipe in Crock Pot on plate


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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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 Tacos

  • 12 soft or hard taco shells *see note below
  • lettuce, shredded cabbage, tomato, cheese, salsa, sour cream, or other favorite toppings 



  • 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.
    crock pot slow cooker shredded chicken tacos
  • Slow cook 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
    crock pot slow cooker shredded chicken tacos
  • 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.
    crock pot slow cooker shredded chicken tacos
  • See note below about taco shell options. Build your tacos and serve or have everything in bowls for everyone to make their own tacos.
    crock pot slow cooker shredded chicken tacos


For soft tortillas, we love to char them a little over a burner, or at least to warm them in the microwave. After warming, cover them in a kitchen towel, paper towels, or foil to help keep them softened and not dry out. 
For hard shells, warming them in the oven or air fryer a bit before serving makes them extra tasty. 


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 309kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 723mg, Potassium: 834mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 667IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 2mg

This recipe was originally published in 2019 and re-published in 2020 with updated video. Here some more great Mexican Recipes Here.