3-Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos

I'll keep this short and sweet: this is one of my all time favorite recipes. If there is one crockpot recipe you need in your repertoire, this is it. But truthfully, after making it once you won't even need the recipe because it's just so darn easy.

Three ingredients and almost zero work. The result is a juicy, flavorful shredded chicken that makes some killer tacos. I like to load up my tacos, so they look a bit messy in the pictures. They were like that in real life, too. Messy and delicious. I've been told before I have a knack for ordering the messiest foods on any menu. Why? Because the messiest foods are the best foods. It's a fact.

You can easily put together a great tortilla soup with the leftovers from the chicken. I've included the recipe at the bottom of this post. If you read through the comments you'll also see a number of great reader suggestions for ways to adapt the recipe. My favorite twist is to add a block of cream cheese about 15 minutes before the chicken is served. I didn't think this recipe could get any better until I made them and tried this out. Amazing. I've also seen that adding a can of cream of mushroom soup when you throw in the ingredients is delicious. I'll be trying that next time!

**As a side note, I am SO grateful to everyone who has made this recipe and/or commented on the post. I may not be able to respond to all of the comments, but I read every one, and I absolutely love them! I can't tell you how happy it makes me that people are enjoying the recipe so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Recipe from Tasty Kitchen

Serves: ~12 people

1 1oz Envelope Taco Seasoning*
6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, thawed
1 16oz jar Salsa*

Dump all ingredients into a crockpot and give it a little stir to blend the seasoning with the salsa. You do not need to add any water to the taco seasoning. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken should shred easily when stirred with a fork.

For tacos, serve the chicken with soft flour tortillas, guacamole, lettuce, shredded cheese and/or sour cream. This is very versatile and can be used for enchiladas, nachos, tostadas, quesadillas, etc. Any leftover chicken can then be used for tortilla soup (make it the next day or freeze the chicken to use at a later time).


When I don't want quite as much food I cut the recipe in half. You don't have to get too exact about the measurements. I use three or four chicken breasts--whatever comes in the smaller package at the grocery store--and use between half and 3/4 of the amount of salsa and taco seasoning called for in the full recipe. The only result of using too much salsa for the amount of chicken you use is that it will have more liquid when it's done. The flavor will be the same. Pour out a little of the liquid when the chicken is cooked and you're good to go!

*I use Old El Paso Reduced Sodium for the seasoning. For the salsa I switch between brands, but Newman's Own and Pace are my favorites. Trader Joe's Mango Salsa and other kinds with mango and peach flavors are delicious in this recipe as well.  If you want to avoid using processed ingredients you can make this recipe using homemade salsa and homemade taco seasoning and achieve the same results with the added bonus of skipping out on the preservatives and such in pre-packaged ingredients.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Here is the tortilla soup recipe from one of the readers. Thanks, Cissy!

2 cups of the shredded chicken
One 32oz box of chicken broth
One can corn(drain)
2 handfuls chopped cilantro
One squeezed lime
One can diced tomatoes (reg size)
One can diced tomatoes w/ chiles (if you can't find the can get another can of diced tomatoes and a can of diced chiles)
1/2 large yellow onion
One can black beans
2-3 table spoons of tomato paste
2 teaspoons of cumin
2 teaspoons of chile powder
2 teaspoons of garlic powder

Dump everything in a pot and simmer for ~30 minutes. Garnish with cheese and crispy tortilla strips!

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Unknown said... @ April 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Just finished eating this and it's unbelieavable! LOVE IT! It's going to become a favorite in my house!

Anonymous said... @ April 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Made this today for my husband and I; since it was only for the two of us I edited the recipe. I only used 3 chicken breasts, half of the taco seasoning and half of the salsa. It was amazing! Thank you for the great idea!

Anonymous said... @ April 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

do you use the taco seasoning or the chicken toaco seasoning? I just made it with the chicken season. I hope it turns out ok!

Anonymous said... @ April 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Going to make this tomorrow but using Cilantro & Lime Rotel instead of salsa....should give it a nice Mexican flavor :) Thanks for the recipe...I see it in my kitchen for a long time!

Anonymous said... @ April 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I just got done making this. So good. I added a small can of Tomato paste to thicken it up a little. The meat came out so tender and lovely.

-ape

Anonymous said... @ April 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I added an amber beer to mine - it's cooking right now! Can't wait to try it! I have made the shredded chicken with beer and barBQ sauce and put on a bun with coleslaw - yummy!

Anonymous said... @ April 8, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Think it's okay to use bone-in breasts?

Anonymous said... @ April 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I love simple yet tasty recipes! I have it in the crockpot now. I followed the directions to the T and its looking very soupy. I hope it thickens or evens out once I shred the chicken. Does the cream cheese that others are speaking of keep it from being soupy? If so, I will try that next time.

Anonymous said... @ April 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Another great fast recipe with only 2 ingredients....1 cheap piece of beef roast, 1 jar of picante sauce (medium flavor) and cook in crockpot for several hours. I thicken the sauce when before putting it on mashed potatoes, or pasta. We LOVE this and it's so dang easy!!!!

Anonymous said... @ April 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Do you think it's at all possible to let this cook for 10 hours? My crockpot doesn't have an automatic shut-off, and I will be gone for about 10 hours tomorrow. I would love to throw this is & it be ready when we get home. Anyone?

Anonymous said... @ April 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Do you put the chicken in uncooked? I have never put raw chicken in the crockpot and no one asked...so just wondering.....I had chicken tacos on thed menu for dinner tomorrow and will be making this in the a.m.

Anonymous said... @ April 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It is so good!

Anonymous said... @ April 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I love crock pot recipes but and ify about using them considering the fact that I'm gone for 12 hours a day and my husband is gone for 11 and so many recipes call for 6-8 hours so I don't want to have burnt food when we come home. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said... @ April 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I've tried many salsas...the one that I have had the most success with is the Kirkland organic salsa from Costco. Amazingly delicious!

Anonymous said... @ April 11, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Just made these! So simple and so good!!! My boys adores them!!!! -Sarah

Anonymous said... @ April 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Cream of mushroom on tacos?? I'm intrigued. I wonder if my kids would go for it. It sounds delish!!!







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Unknown said... @ April 13, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Yay! These were great! My son & I are doing Weight Watchers & I wanted a health taco recipe :) I used Pace Restaurant style salsa & the low sodium taco seasoning packet. We all LOVED this :)

Kathy said... @ April 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

If I use chicken thighs, how long do you think I could cook them? I want to make this for dinner tomorrow.

Amyawakened said... @ April 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

How many servings is this recipe for?

Anonymous said... @ April 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I add a can of Spanish rice.

brianna said... @ April 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I see a lot of people saying they add cream cheese or cream of mushroom soup to it...

which is better? what does this do? add flavor or what?

Teresa said... @ April 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM

It's in my crock pot now... and my house smells DELISH! Can't wait to devour these!

Lizabeth said... @ April 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I made these tonight and they are awesome!! Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said... @ April 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I make something very similar to this only i use chicken and a jar of Mole. If you've never had mole i suggest you go out and try it now! its delicious... I will definitely try this recipe though... It sounds amazing and oh so easy! Thank you!

Anonymous said... @ April 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I want to make this for a work party but was wondering if I made it the night before could I just throw it back into the crockpot and let it heat up? And if so how long would I need to heat it for?

Anonymous said... @ April 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I'm so excited, I just put it in my crockpot. I have Hugh hopes for this easy dish. Love easy dinners since its hard to make dinner with a crawling baby at your heels at dinner making time!

Anonymous said... @ April 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

This is also great with 3 cans of Rotel tomatoes instead of salsa!!!

Anonymous said... @ April 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

This was an awesome recipe! I know I will be making this again, only I will cut The recipe in half made way too much. But it is for sure a keeper! My kids who are very picky even ate it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Kim said... @ April 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I was wondering if the chicken could be frozen too. So glad I read the comments. I'm making this tomorrow. Sounds delicious !

Kim said... @ April 21, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I will be making this for dinner tomorrow!

Anonymous said... @ April 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Even easier and SO yummy!! Any cheap roast cut up and two cans of rotel. Throw in crock pot together and cook on low for 6 hours...meat will fall apart and melts in your mouth yummmmm o!!

Anonymous said... @ April 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I made these this weekend to rave reviews! I added a can of cream of mushroom, cream cheese, lemon juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic, onion, and an extra packet of taco seasoning. My staff ate it all. Thanks!

Anonymous said... @ April 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

In the crockpot as I type.. cannot wait to try it!! :)

Jessica Linda said... @ April 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Making this for a whole day care of children tomorrow wish me luch

Anonymous said... @ April 30, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Having this for dinner tomorrow, found it on Pinterest! Cannot wait:)

Amanda H. said... @ May 1, 2012 at 12:06 AM

I'm so glad someone posted the cream cheese tip. I cut the recipe in half since I live alone and added a half a block of cream cheese to the Crock Pot. It melted and made a creamy, delicious, Mexican chicken. I put it in quesadillas, but I wanted to eat it all by itself!

Unknown said... @ May 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

great quick and easy recipe for a weeknight meal for my family!! thanks for sharing-now following your blog!!

Kari said... @ May 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

The absolute best...I can't say enough how easy and delicious this was. I was able to make Tacos one night and enchiladas another--Perfect!!

~Shy~ said... @ May 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

I just made these tonight (I just finished off two tacos already!) and they were delicious! I had to eyeball the ingredients as I only had 3 chicken breasts. I actually cooked it for 5 hours on low, shredded the chicken, then cooked it for another hour in the sauce to make sure the flavoring really got into the chicken.

I actually made a blog post about it. Feel free to check it out at http://shiloh-domestication.blogspot.com/2012/05/crockpot-mexican-chicken.html

#Mommyof4busyboys said... @ May 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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#Mommyof4busyboys said... @ May 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I was very excited to make this last evening... but very disappointed when my kids didnt like the chicken :(. It did have a somewhat "bitter" taste. Do you think this had to do with the brand of salsa I used?

Sarah said... @ May 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I'm sorry to hear they didn't turn out like you'd hoped! I've never thought they tasted bitter, so my guess would be it had something to do with the taco seasoning or salsa. Which kinds did you use? I usually use Old El Paso taco seasoning and Pace or Newman's own salsa.

Lindsey said... @ May 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Great Recipe! I used this recipe and added a few ingredients of my own too. Check it out here: www.umbrelladrink.com

Anonymous said... @ May 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Since it makes a lot of chicken it is great to make chicken nachos with and serve at a party! YUMMY!!

Emily said... @ May 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Can't wait to try this! Going to give it a shot tomorrow and then feature it on my next "pinned & prepped" post. :)

Unknown said... @ May 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

OMG! I put the ingredients in my crock pot this morning and I just got home. It smells divine!! I tasted the chicken and it is SO YUMMY! It needed some salt but now it is perfect! I can't wait to chow down on some tacos with this chicken and some fresh guac. Thanks for posting this!

CookingMustache said... @ May 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

This looks awesome and easy I'll have to make it. If you love to cook check out Chppd.com

Jason,Kristi, and Julie Ann said... @ May 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM

You can also use Cumin instead of Taco seasoning to avoid that yucky MSG :)

Tyler Reeves said... @ May 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

This recipe is so simple yet makes me hungry just reading it. My girlfriend is always looking for recipes exactly like this one, so when I make it for her (with all the tender slow cooked chicken and tasty ingredients) and tell her where I got it, I'll definitely make some points! Thanks for the great idea!

steph said... @ May 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

i love this recipe, so good and juicy. For easy shredding if you put your chicken in a kitchen aid mixer with the paddle attachment when it is done cooking it will shred up in seconds :)

Anonymous said... @ May 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Im cooking this tonight for my husband and me. Im glad I read the comments, because I put my chicken in frozen and thought I might have made a mistake! So glad frozen is ok! I cant wait for dinner!! :)

Anonymous said... @ May 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I stumbled upon the recipe while surfing Pinterest. After reading the comments, I just knew I needed to make these chick-tacos. I've picked up the stuff for the tortilla soup too. I'll return and post my reviews. (CAN NOT WAIT!)

Shari said... @ May 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I've made this several times and we ALL love it!! I love to cook, but I'm disabled and it's really hard to find easy and healthy recipes that I can make (and that everyone will eat). Keep on posting recipes like this one, please!! Oh, I found you on Pinterest (my latest guilty pleasure)

Anonymous said... @ May 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

These was soooooo good! I added a block of cream cheese at the end, made it so creamy! We are having leftovers tonight!

Liz Prigel said... @ June 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Found this recipe on Pinterest, I am making it right now in the crock pot, and it smells amazing.

Anonymous said... @ June 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM

This is one of the best taco recipes I have tried. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to do the Tortilla soup tomorrow.

Kristin said... @ June 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Just made this today while I was at church. Thank you so much for sharing. Smelled so great when I got home. Can't wait to try it tomorrow.

Anonymous said... @ June 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! It has quickly become a favorite in our house because it is so easy, and we can come home from work to a premade dinner.

Unknown said... @ June 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

I made the Chicken tacos tonight and my family LOVED them. They were a HIT!! Especially since it was my first crockpot meal EVER.,, Do you have any more crockpot receipes that you reccomend? Thanks you Sarah for this FUN YUMMY DELICIOUS receipe!! =)

Sister, we need each other! said... @ June 5, 2012 at 7:43 AM

I saw this recipe and would love to feature it on my blog for my 30 days of sizzling summer recipes! With your permission I would love to use your photo and recipe and link back to your blog… here is one of the features I have already done just to give you an idea of how it works: Black Bean Cakes w/ Corn Salsa … please let me know if you’re interested!

Rahul said... @ June 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM

What do people do with the salsa when they are done with it? Just toss it or is it reusable for something, like chips?

Rahul said... @ June 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Curious what people do with the salsa mixture at the end. Seems like a waste to just toss.

Rahul said... @ June 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

What do people do with the leftover salsa? Seems like a waste to use that much and not use it for something else.

Anonymous said... @ June 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I used this with Picante and it tastes really awesome! So, yes :)

Jenny said... @ June 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I'm making these today for dinner, tonight. I am SO excited. Home cooked tex-mex is my absolute favorite thing to eat!

Katie said... @ June 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Oh mah gawd. I just used the fresh salsa you get in the refrigerated section ("gormet style mild"), a bar of philly cream cheese, half a packet of mcCormick original taco seasoning, about seven sliced pieces of pickled jalepenos, a dash of pickled jalepeno juice... Liquified it all in a blender... And my eyes popped out of my head when i tasted it! HEAVENLY!! I cant wait for dinner tonight. I think that is the best taste i ever have tasted in my life.

Anonymous said... @ June 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

So good and so easy! I will be making this often to have flavorful cooked chicken on hand for lots of recipes! Thank you!

northierthanthou said... @ June 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Looks good, minus the sour cream actually, but good.

DanaKay said... @ June 18, 2012 at 9:44 AM
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DanaKay said... @ June 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Wondering if you could use Old El Paso FAJITA seasoning mix instead of the taco seasoning???

Anonymous said... @ June 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Does this really feed 12 people? I ask because I am thinking of making this for my Bunco group.

Anonymous said... @ June 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I made these last night! Yum! It made a lot of extra chicken for future meals!

Anonymous said... @ June 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I've done crock pot shredded beef for a long time. I get the biggest cheapest roast I can find at the store, add liquid smoke and worcestershire sauce, cook all day. Drain most of the liquid off and shred. We make pulled BBQ beef sandwiches with this by adding a big jar of our favorite BBQ sauce (Head Country). But you could definitely add green chiles or any other mexican seasoning for tacos. Honestly, the meat itself is really tasty and may not need much added to it. Enjoy!

Anonymous said... @ June 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Would drumsticks be the same concept and cooking instructions? I have a ton of drumsticks I need a recipe for :)

Melissa D. said... @ June 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Found this is on pinterest..I loathe cooking and have been wanting to use the crock pot more so I am attempting your yummy sounding recipe..I love how it's only 3 ingredients and stuff that I already had! :) Thank you!!

Unknown said... @ June 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

What happens if you realized after you added chicken and the mix in crockpot an hour later and chicken still has skin? OOPS I normally buy skinless, but these drumsticks I wanted to use cause I didn't have breast.

Anonymous said... @ June 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Looks Delicious, I cant wait to try this recipe this week!

Unknown said... @ June 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I made this for my daughter and her family. She has 4 little girls ranging in age from 2 to 8 years. They loved the tacos, this was quite an accomplishment since most of the time I cook for them they "turn up their noses" and ask for "spaghetti" instead. This was a hit and they want me to make it again. Thank you for this great and easy recipe.

Anonymous said... @ June 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Thanks for sharing, and your so right, the messier the better it taste. The pictures turned out great. Love pinning on Pinterest, makes things easier to find. Thanks again for the recipe. Elaine from Mississippi;aka SewSoMuch.

Anonymous said... @ June 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Just a note about shredding cooked chicken.... place the chicken in a bowl, and, use a hand mixer to shred it.

Anonymous said... @ June 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM

My husband and I love this recipe! And it's great for leftovers!

Anonymous said... @ June 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

omg i make this like once a week its sooo good and easy , my whole family loves it!! thanks

Anonymous said... @ June 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM

For more authentic taco lasagna, use tortillas instead of noodles :) You can use either corn or flour!!

Becky White said... @ June 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

This was good, thank you Sarah. I used mild sauce and seasoning so my grandson could eat it. Thought it needed a little more "flavor" next time. Any ideas? I am definitely making it again. Cooked on low for 6-7 hours and shredded with two forks right in crockpot, so easy - Becky

Sarah said... @ July 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Just had this for dinner. Excellent!! Quesedillas tomorrow night and tortilla soup after that! Thank you!!!!

Anonymous said... @ July 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I just found your recipe on pintrest and tried it this weekend. Yummy!! This is definitely going to be a regular on the menu.

Anonymous said... @ July 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Hi, I just want to double check this ingredient in the crockpot chicken tacos. When you say Newman's Salsa, you mean tomato stuff as opposed to Newman's Salsa Queso, which is the only one dear husband could find when he went to the store for me! and is very cheesey. You mean the tomato one, correct?

Kat said... @ July 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

This is an AMAZING recipe!!! It's like pulled pork (which I love!) but it's chicken..and a taco!!! I came home and I could smell the amazing smell in my driveway...outside!!! I would recommend this recipe to everyone!!! Thanks for sharing :-)

Jameson said... @ July 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Tried this yesterday, cooking on low heat for about 8 hours, and it burned the salsa all around the sides of the crock pot to a charred black cinder and dried the chicken out to the extreme. I added another half bottle of salsa and a bit of olive oil to the end result to remoisten and made it work, but I knew it looked like it didn't have nearly enough fluid in the pot when I first put the ingredients in there. Sure enough, I was right. Did you all add a few cups of water to this or what? How in the world could this turn out "moist"? Are you using half-sized crock pots or something? Anyway, was somewhat of a failure for me, using the directions above, so I won't be doing this one again.

Anonymous said... @ July 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Do you need to add water in the crockpot?

Anonymous said... @ July 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

This was absolutely perfect! I left my chicken in the crockpot on low from 9am until 5pm and it was SO delicious. Thanks for such an easy recipe!

Mandi said... @ July 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

what else can i use besides salsa?

Danielle said... @ July 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I'm making the tacos and soup for the 2nd time in two weeks. :) It's amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!

Jessica @ The Abundant Wife said... @ July 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I found this recipe on Pinterest. I have 5 lbs of leg-quarters with the bones in them. Has anyone else tried doing this chicken that still have the bones in? Also, the 16 oz. salsa doesn't seem to cover the meat. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said... @ July 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Omg I made some today and everybody loved them!!!! Added some garlic salt also and they were delicious what a great recipe!!!!! I'm in love, I'm going to make them weekly :)

Anonymous said... @ July 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Do you add any water to the mix?

Anonymous said... @ July 16, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Do you add any water?

Suzann said... @ July 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I was looking for a recipe to make for Caravan, (a ladies card party game) next week at my house. This sounds perfect and will sit in the crockpot ready to serve halfway through the evening. Thanks for the recipe!

Mary said... @ July 20, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I made this for dinner tonight and it was so good! Thanks for the easy recipe! :)

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Anonymous said... @ July 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I added 1/2 of uncooked rice the last 1/2 hour to make it less soupy

Anonymous said... @ July 23, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Ok so on the chicken tacos when you put EVERYHING do you also add water and how much ?

Unknown said... @ July 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I have the chicken tacos in the crock pot now, it smells awesome!! can't wait to eat it & it was so easy :) Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said... @ July 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

I'm making this right now for the first time while I'm at work so I don't have to fuss over dinner tonight and can hopefully relax! Very excited to sample the results!

Anonymous said... @ July 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I used this recipe to make tacos, and then I made quesadillas in my toaster over with the leftovers! They were so good! Just added the chicken to tortillas, loaded them up with cheese, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and sour cream.

This recipe is awesome, inexpensive and can be used a ton of different ways. I love your blog!

Anonymous said... @ July 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Be on the look out for a new salsa hitting the market in the near future. It's called Rev. Luv's. It puts the others to shame! Can't wait to try the recipes mentioned here!! LOVE new ideas!!!

Anonymous said... @ July 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Didn't see this in the comments - sorry if it's a repeat...but I love doing slow cooker chicken recipes and saw on Pinterest a fast way to shred hot chicken...throw it in your Kitchen Aid Mixer. I was skeptical but it works AWESOME and all the chicken is shredded in 45 seconds! Just a handy little tip that I use a lot now!

Sheila Ferrell said... @ July 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

We tried it on nachos and it was fabulous. I am thinking of cooking the chicken and the last 1/2 hour or so add some shrimp and then dump everything over rice. Hope it works out!

Anonymous said... @ July 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Can you make half the recipe with 3 chicken breasts? Will it be the same?

Eileen said... @ July 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Found this on Pinterest - have to say this is the best tasting, EASIEST thing I have ever made in the crockpot!! It made for a perfect meal with family with plenty for leftovers! I have been using my crockpot for 20 years and this really surprised me!! Well done!!

Kim said... @ July 28, 2012 at 7:05 AM

The tacos were AMAZING!!! This is definitely a "keeper" at our house. I'm going to make the soup today for lunch. I was wondering, other than the corn, if I needed to drain the black beans as well?

Erin said... @ July 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I have mine. Cooking in the crockpot now :) I'm actually using black beans and corn salsa & I'm using burrito seasoning instead since my fiancé like its better than the taco. I can't wait to try them tonight :)

Anonymous said... @ July 29, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I have heard you can put the chicken in a mixer (kitchen aide) and it will shred it really easy, I havent tried it yet but I am making this on Tuesday!

Ryan said... @ July 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

This dish was really good! The chicken was a little dry so next time I might add another jar of salsa. I put hot sauce on it to give it a little spice. I froze the leftover chicken for the tortilla soup recipe. Definitely would make this again!

Nikki said... @ July 30, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Found on pinterest, and currently in the crockpot right now. I used frozen chicken breasts, and some over the border salsa (all we had in the house) hoping it turns out but based on the comments I have high hopes!

Anonymous said... @ July 31, 2012 at 1:16 PM

This came out soooooooo good!
The only thing tho i did not have the salsa to put, so i had to make my own. super simple too
2 small cans of tomato sauce
2 jalapenos pepers (i grilled them first on a skillet)
salt (like 2 inner palms)
and onion (about palm full)
and blend and then put in the crock pot for the same directions.
*** Also I made hard shell tacos yummy!!
heat up the oil, then place one corn tortilla in the pan then grab spoon full of the shredded chicken and place it on one side of the tortilla and fold. But you have to be quick and do one at a time because you if you don't do it quick enough the tortilla hardens and you cant fold. this a must try recipe!!!! this is going to be one of my regular meals

Anonymous said... @ August 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Ok, I pinned this a few days ago and it is in my crock pot right now! It smells DELICIOUS! I can not wait to try it tonight and to test it out on my hubby! I posted about the recipe on my blog!

Brenda said... @ August 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Please put a pin for pinterest on your blog...your recipes are awesome!!

Anonymous said... @ August 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Making these tacos tonight for dinner! What an easy way to make the chicken and dinner is done already and we can enjoy our Staurday at home with the kids.

southjerseymom said... @ August 5, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Made these today with frozen chicken breasts. I stirred the chicken around in the pot and it fell apart easily. It was so tasty! Thanks for the receipe.

Lorri said... @ August 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I add a can of cheddar cheese soup! Delish!

Anonymous said... @ August 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Second time to make this! Love it! We ate on it all week! Perfect for busy schedules. My question, when storing for say another meal, I poured some of the salsa on it to store in the fridge do it would dry out. Do yiu think that is safe to use the salsa? My question basically is ....is okay to put some of the Cooke salsa on top?

Anneliese Hallsten said... @ August 8, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Sarah I made these tacos last night and they were to die for! My man said they were the best chicken tacos he has ever had and couldn't believe there were only 3 ingredients! Thank you!!!

Anonymous said... @ August 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The crockpot chicken for tacos was awesome! I made it last night and it was super easy. Even my 7 year old loved them!

Anonymous said... @ August 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I'm not allowed to eat chunky tomatoes or peppers because of a stomach condition so I used tomato puree instead and it turned out great!

Anonymous said... @ August 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

OMFG, I'm a single guy. You can't understand what this recipe means to me!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

Anonymous said... @ August 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I made these with fresh salsa and homemade taco seasoning! Awesome! My family loved them. This will become a regular at our house!

Anonymous said... @ August 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I used the left over chicken from this recipe in a Chinese Chicken Salad (recipe link below). I used less of the sauce from the salad recipe since the chicken had it's own flavor. The combination of mexican/asian was pretty good! Worth a try for anybody looking at what to make with the leftovers.

http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/07/chinese-chicken-salad/

Seamless Melody said... @ August 11, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Hey does the leftover cooked chicken freeze well?

Anonymous said... @ August 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

What size croc pot do you use? I only have a large one

Faith said... @ August 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I also found this recipe through Pinterest, and I'm making it tonight! I don't have a packet of taco season, but I'm planning to use this supplement: bargainbriana.com/how-to-make-your-own-taco-seasoning/ We'll see how it goes! Thanks, Sarah!

Allie B. said... @ August 19, 2012 at 8:07 PM

This was SO GOOD!!! I didn't have a full jar of salsa so I added half a jar of taco sauce and it was amazing. My husband loved it... I will definitely be adding this to the recipe book!

Unknown said... @ August 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I make my chicken tacos/burritos kind of the same, except I put black beans and corn in the bottom then top with chicken and salsa. Then cook on low for 8 hrs and when done top with cheddar cheese til melted and shred chicken. Sometimes I add minute rice and a little water to the crock when its about 15 mins from being done.

Tess said... @ August 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I made these last night for my roommates and they were awesome! We put them in before softball practice and came home to a great smelling house and a yummy dinner. Thanks for this one! It's a keeper :)

Anonymous said... @ August 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Throwing this in the crockpot tomorrow morning before heading off to work (first day back since having baby) This will make for an easy night after a long day and cant wait to try it! Thanks!

Anonymous said... @ August 25, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Tried these tonight. Very yummy and so easy.

Kristi said... @ August 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Oh goodness gracious, this is being pinned on Pinterest! Soooo easy! Thanks bunches for sharing. After reading all the comments, I will be using some of the additions!

Anonymous said... @ August 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Thanks for the recipe! Found you on Pinterest and this is my first time making something I've pinned. Wish me luck :)

Anonymous said... @ August 28, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Just moved across the country and our crockpot didnt make the move so i just did it in the oven for 3 hours at 250F. Delish...

Anonymous said... @ August 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

These were great. I used Philly Style Chicken from Schwan Foods and that made them even easier. I was cooking for two so I didn't use the crockpot. This chicken is made for shredding and cooks quickly. Only took about 5 minutes on the stove. I let it simmer a little longer while I prepared everything else. Was a big hit!

Leo said... @ August 29, 2012 at 7:02 AM

It tastes so good! Can't get enough of it!

Unknown said... @ August 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

These were amazing! I've told everyone at my job how simple it was to make!

Unknown said... @ August 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM

If u r going to add a cream soup why not cream of chicken?

Unknown said... @ August 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM

If u r going to add a cream soup why not cream of chicken?

drjules said... @ August 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Found this recipe on Pinterest. THANK YOU! It is wonderful and perfect! Made it multiple times and will continue to do so!!

Jasmine said... @ September 3, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I was wondering, do you keep the sauce and mix it in with the shredded chicken? I'm new to this shredding meat business and I was just curious.

Anonymous said... @ September 3, 2012 at 9:38 PM

These were definitely the best tacos/burritos ever! I used La Victoria Salsa Suprema (Medium) and added a dash of hot taco sauce to give it more spice. The shredded chicken was delicious, it's my new favorite. And so easy to throw together!

Anonymous said... @ September 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

OR, just throw a giant can of Green Chile Enchilada sauce in with your beef... Comes out so moist, tender and tasty!

Anonymous said... @ September 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I made the chicken taco recipe today. I only used 5 boneless chicken breast because I wasn't cooking for many, but I did add extra salsa & even taco sauce. I came home from work to burnt salsa and dried out chicken. I used my crock-pot for many recipes in the past including pulled pork let I let sit on low for 8 hrs while I was working and no problems with it. I don't know how everyone's else dinner/lunch came out with no problems, unless you cooked on low for 4 hours because I do not see how it is possible. The smell was great when I got home but the looked was charred!

Anonymous said... @ September 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

i made this for dinner tonight, because i had everything already in my cupbord. fantastic! they smelled so good, i actully couldnt wait for them in the crockpot, and i dumped everything out into a saucepan and simmered it on the stove for about 30 mins. it was great! the sauce reduced, and was absorbed by the shreaded chicken. and what was left was most extreamly moist, tastiest chicken ive ever had for burritos. this is my new base recipe for all my mexican recipes that call for chicken or beef! thanks so much.

Anonymous said... @ September 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I'm 21 and got married not even a year ago, needless to say anything with only 3 ingredients is my best friend, I have this in my crock pot right now, I can't wait to try it!

Miranda said... @ September 8, 2012 at 6:52 PM

My mom just gave me a crock pot and I chose this recipe as my first try cooking with it. I have to say-this was awesome! Thanks! I can't wait to try more recipes on your site! :)

Anonymous said... @ September 9, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Just put remaining chicken on an artisan flatbread with some diced onions and shredded colby-jack cheese...yummy!

Anonymous said... @ September 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Could bone-in chicken be used? Would there be any adjustments to cooking time?

sailorgirl said... @ September 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Processed cheese not good for you...try something else. If you want to that is.

Coffeegirl said... @ September 11, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Just put it all in the crockpot... looking forward to chicken taco's tonight after work and guitar lessons!!

Silje said... @ September 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM

I made this last night, added the block of cream cheese, and served over chips with our favorite toppings. It was amazing. Husband said he never wants tacos without it

Franchise Brisbane said... @ September 12, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Very nice explained recipe! It looks beautiful on the photos.

Meaghen said... @ September 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

made the chicken two nights ago and loved it. super simple! also made the chicken tortilla soup which was delicious! only thing i changed was making the black beans myself instead of using canned beans. Also didn't add the tomato paste as it seemed like it had plenty of tomato flavor. Thanks for the recipes!

kchristian85 said... @ September 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Making this tomorrow for a group of hungru firefighters! However I am adding sliced onions and sliced peppers to the bottom of the crock pot, does anyone have any other suggestions

Anonymous said... @ September 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM

When my meat is ready, I stick a hand mixed in the crockpot to shred it up. It is so easy and it grabs a lot of the juices and seasoning on the meat. YUMMO!

Anonymous said... @ September 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I have made the slow cooker taco 3 times already. We love it!

Unknown said... @ September 18, 2012 at 6:24 AM

I make a Cuban Braised Beef recipe from Real Simple. Jusy google "cuban braised beef." You could change the spices out for a mexican flavor. The beef is SO tender and juicy...my mouth waters just thinking about it.

Unknown said... @ September 18, 2012 at 6:26 AM

I make a Cuban Braised Beef from Real Simple. Just google "cuban braised beef." You can change out the spices for mexican flavor. So juicy and tender.

Rachel {RandR Workshop} said... @ September 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Some crockpots get hotter the others. I can put frozen chicken in mine on high and three hours later they are done. Just know how your crockpot works!! And if your unsure, cut it open and see if its cooked!!

Mandi DeGrange said... @ September 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

These tacos were so yummy!! They tasted like some professional cook made them, DELISH!!! Definitely making them again! I added black beans and they were a hit with my hubby and 2 year old. :-) thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said... @ September 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Mine's in the crockpot cooking now. It smells so delicious! I can't wait to have them for dinner tonight!

Lois said... @ September 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Pacific Natural Foods has a terrific organic Cream of Chicken Soup that comes in a BOX (no BPA)!!! I love all of their products. Use them in tons of recipes. Many are gluten-free and they use Sea Salt so it is better than table salt.

Lois said... @ September 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

If you don't want to use soup from a can, try Pacific Natural Foods brand soup. They are organic and come in a box. Many of them are gluten-free as well. I used the Cream of Chicken in this recipe and we LOVED the Chicken Tacos! Thanks so much for sharing your easy, tasty recipe!

Anonymous said... @ September 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Thank-you so much for sharing this YUMMY recipe!

I have it in my crock-pot as I write~
I am using a jar of Trader Joe's Peach Salsa!
A little Sweet with the Spice!
I can hardly wait until it is done! I will sever it with rice~



Anonymous said... @ September 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM

This recipe has turned me into a slow cooker convert. I don't work, so a slow cooker wasn't something I thought I needed since I wasn't gone all day, and I love to cook. But, this sounded delicious and easy, so I gave in and bought one. I'm so glad I did! My house was filled with the delicious smell of food cooking all day (YUM!) and it was delicious. My husband even said, "Thank you for the best meal ever".

I used President's Choice Chipotle Smoked Salsa, which was a great choice. Depending on the salsa, you can really create a variety of flavours. I think next time I'll try a salsa verde and can of chillies.

Thank you for posting this! I'm in love with it!

Unknown said... @ September 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

obviously you know this awesome from everyone else's comments but just so you know, i made this as my first "official" meal as a wife and i think it was an excellent start to our marriage haha, it was SO GOOD and he thought I was a genius for using the leftovers the rest of the week too! any more recipes where you can use left overs? its hard to cook for just two people!!

Anonymous said... @ September 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Do you put the chicken breast in raw?

Anonymous said... @ September 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I made these tacos last night and they were AMAZING! This is my new go-to recipe for chicken tacos. It would also be a great recipe to feed a crowd because it's so dang easy.I put my chicken in the pot frozen and cooked on low for 6.5 hrs and it turned out perfectly cooked and was super easy to shred. Thanks for sharing Sarah!!!!! :)

Sarah said... @ October 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Ah, that's so great!! Love it. I'm so glad I could help start things off on the right foot :) I use leftovers for a good number of recipes (since I'm rarely cooking for a large group either), but I need to get better about putting my cooking stuff on the blog. I'll try to post some good leftover recipes in the next few weeks. Off the top of my head, I love making any sort of tenderloin/steak into steak sandwiches the next day. I usually saute up a few onions, slice the meat into smaller pieces, melt provolone cheese on top and pop it in a good roll. You can't go wrong!

Sarah said... @ October 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Thanks, Brit! I could definitely go for Mexican food at least four times a week. If only that were how it was here in DC! I hope you're still enjoying the recipe!

This too shall pass said... @ October 6, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Made this today and it smelled so good all day long!
I used 5 frozen chicken breasts that went in the crockpot in one big lump! I used Mild Pace Salsa and a packet of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning. Next Time I will use Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip Mix to spice it up a bit.
I set it on high and checked it about half an hour later and could separate the chicken then. A half hour before eating I put in a block of cream cheese to make it creamy and that made it totally delish! Make it---so easy, so good!

Anonymous said... @ October 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I don't have a crock pot so used my dutch oven and cooked at 350 for about 3 hours. I also added a can of black beans to it. I don't know if the beans soaked up all the fluid or the oven temp was too high or what but when I checked at the 3 hr mark I had way overcooked it. I ended up losing half the recipe because it burnt and stuck to the sides of the dutch. However... what I did manage to save was so good I will have to play with the recipe a little and try again. A lower cooking temp, keep a closer eye on it or maybe in the oven it does need a little fluid added... any suggestions? If you are looking for things to do with the leftovers they make a wonderful nacho topping.

Anonymous said... @ October 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Yeah! TAKE THAT BEEF TACOS!!!!!!~~~

Anonymous said... @ October 11, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I am makeing this dish right now and I have accedently put in 3 packets of taco seasonings. Im so upset. Is this going to ruin the recipe? I added 3 more peices of chicken. I dont know what I was thinking I just got destracted I guess. :(

Anonymous said... @ October 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I am makeing this dish right now. I accedently added 3 taco packets. I dont know what I was thinking. I am so upset right now. I have 8 peices of chicken in the pot. Do you think it will be ok?Can I add something to make it better?

Angie Fox said... @ October 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Oh wow. Just made these tonight. The hubby and I agree these are better than the local restaurant version - and much healthier too. Thanks for posting it!

Anonymous said... @ October 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

ok so i know you posted this recipe like 11 months ago...but i just found it on pinterest and i have a couple questions. it looks easy enough, but im a new cooker who has honestly NEVER cooked before and im planning on investing in a crock pot...is this recipe doable for a beginner and do you know any other beginner crock pot recipes??

moecie said... @ October 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I use Spike's Salsa - a cheaper brand in my store, but it has corn and black beans in it. Just adds another layer of texture'

Anonymous said... @ October 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Can I use a regular pot to do this? My mother in law stole my crock pot. :(

cksefton987 said... @ October 16, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I did both of these recipes , and boy did it save me time! As a side note, the chicken was smelling delicious ob the crock and we were hungry, so I did baked 2 additional breasts on the side. Also in the soup I added an addtl can of tomatoes and chiles..... I did not drain the cans of tomatoes of either kind.....boy was the soup delicious!!!! Definitely on my dinner rotation!

Sarah said... @ October 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Saw them on pinterest today. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to make them tonight!

Anonymous said... @ October 17, 2012 at 4:20 PM

This was one of my first pins on Pinterest and now I make it all of the time! I add about 3-4 tablespoons of Greek yogurt to the mix to make it a little more creamy. I have tried to the CoM soup, which was great, but I try to stay away from that stuff as much as possible. I have also used at least 10 different brands of salsa and it really does not make a difference which one you use. Great recipe!!

Michelle said... @ October 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Thank you for suggesting the Rotelle tomatoes! I like that idea! : )

Thanks for sharing the recipe, Sarah! : )

Anonymous said... @ October 30, 2012 at 3:08 AM

My family does a London Broil in the crock pot.
Cut it into strips then put it in crock pot cover it with water. Add one packet of Lipton onion soup mix. Let it cook for 8 hours on low. Meat will fall apart. You drain it. Then put the shredded meat into a skillet and add Taco seasoning mix

Anonymous said... @ October 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I made these for dinner tonight, the were delicious and so easy.My 3 and 5 year old loved them rolled up in a tortilla with melted cheese.

Anonymous said... @ October 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

"Can contain BPA - avoid them if you can. Bad chemicals your family doesn't need."

Kill yourself.

Sarah said... @ October 31, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I promise you will be fine! The recipe is fool-proof, but the best part is that no one else will know how easy it is! I have a few other beginner crockpot recipes. I'll have to post them soon!

Unknown said... @ October 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I have to say I completely agree on your philosophy of messy foods. They truly are the best. I would choose messy ribs over a dainty salad any day.

Jena said... @ November 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I found that you can easily shred the chicken in your kitchen-aid! Put it in after it's been cooked with your dough hook.

If you're wondering, I used 1.25 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins. The first time I made it just with regular chicken breasts. Worked fine both ways. I used Pace Salsa.

It is a little runny, serve with a slotted spoon.

Used a crockpot liner. ;) beyond easy!

Anonymous said... @ November 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I LOVE Herdez Mild Salsa.

Anonymous said... @ November 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Absolutely delicious, and so easy to make, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said... @ November 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

What if I only have 3 chicken breasts. Is the cook time still the same? thanks!

Randi said... @ November 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I made the crockpot chicken a few weeks ago with the intention of making the soup the next day. However, my husband & kids tore it up & didn't leave me any chicken! I did it again today & followed the recipe except I used a can of Campbell's Nacho Cheese soup & I sauteed the onion & red bell pepper to give them a chance to catch up with everything in the crockpot. I plan on topping it with sour cream, mashed avocado & Fritos. It tastes amazing & I can't wait for dinner! Thanks for such a great meal idea!

Anonymous said... @ November 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

So you do the taco seasoning, salsa, AND cream of mushroom soup?

Zumi said... @ November 12, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Wow! I love Tacos and usually I eat pork tacos. I think its time to taste Crock pot Chicken Tacos. I will try how to make this at house. I am excited. Thanks for sharing this blog.

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