Healthy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

These slow cooker chicken tacos are healthy, tasty and almost too easy to make! Toss everything in the crock pot, come back a few hours later, shred the chicken and you’re ready to sit down for dinner. I like to serve these tacos with my famous chipotle slaw because the crunchy veggies just compliment the shredded chicken so well.

If you’re more of a sour cream, lettuce and cheese kind of taco eater, I urge you to give my chipotle slaw a try. It’s become a total game changer for me and I cannot eat tacos without it now! It gives so much more flavor and texture that traditional taco toppings!

Wooden cutting board filled with slow cooker shredded chicken tacos in flour tortillas garnished with pico de gallo

How do I make shredded chicken tacos?

Step 1. Put everything in the crock pot. Step 2. Go do something fun for a few hours Step 3. Shred chicken. Step 4. Sit down and eat dinner. Somewhere in there it’d be great if you could whip up some chipotle slaw real quick.

Let me break down how you make chipotle slaw too since we’re on the subject. Step 1. Mix ingredients together. Step 2. There is no Step 2 because you’re done. That is why these shredded chicken tacos are a favorite in our house – they’re so incredibly easy to prepare!

Cutting board filled with slow cooker shredded chicken garnished with fresh chopped cilantro

Can I use an instant pot?

For sure! If you’re running short on time you could certainly use an instant pot instead! I’d suggest using the poultry setting for that. In fact, my mom made a recipe very similar to this and I think she said the chicken cooked in something like 7 minutes?!?!

I still haven’t hopped on the Instant Pot wagon, but I’m thinking if I find a good sale around Christmas I might treat myself. I’ve heard such good things!

Wooden cutting board filled with slow cooker shredded chicken tacos in flour tortillas garnished with pico de gallo

Can I make chicken tacos ahead of time?

Yes! These tacos taste great when reheated so they’re perfect for meal prep. We currently do not have a microwave (it broke a few months back and we just haven’t bought a new one – at first I was just too busy/lazy to buy another one and now it’s like an experiment to see how long we can go without one!) so I can tell you from experience, that these reheat very well in pan on the stove over medium low heat.

Alternatively, you could also add everything to the crock pot insert ahead of time and then refrigerate the uncooked chicken in the slow cooker insert until you’re ready to cook it.

Wooden cutting board filled with slow cooker shredded chicken tacos in flour tortillas garnished with pico de gallo

What should I serve with shredded chicken tacos?

Well I’ve already told you all about how you need to eat them with my famous chipotle slaw, but you could also enjoy them with a side of Spanish rice, re-fried beans, or if you want a hearty Mexican dinner, my favorite southwest salad.

Chips and salsa is always a great option too if you’re pressed for time and don’t feel like cooking another side dish!

Wooden cutting board filled with slow cooker shredded chicken tacos in flour tortillas garnished with pico de gallo

Can I increase this recipe to feed a group?

Yes! And you should! I would recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe if you’re looking to feed a group. This would be a great recipe for the upcoming holidays as an alternative to a traditional turkey dinner. Or a great option if you have guests staying for multiple days over the holidays and need a quick dinner to feed them.

I like to make a big batch of these when we have friends coming over for dinner or when we do family game night. You will need to plan on increasing the cooking time as you increase the volume as well, so that’s something to take into account.

Wooden cutting board filled with slow cooker shredded chicken tacos in flour tortillas garnished with pico de gallo

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Healthy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos


  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

These slow cooker chicken tacos are healthy, tasty and almost too easy to make! Toss everything in the crock pot, come back a few hours later, shred the chicken and you’re ready to sit down for dinner. I like to serve these tacos with my famous chipotle slaw because the crunchy veggies just compliment the shredded chicken so well.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 15 oz. your favorite salsa (try a roasted tomato salsa!)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chiles in adobo
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

For serving:


Instructions

  1. Add salsa, cumin, chili powder, chiles in adobo and a pinch of salt and pepper to the slow cooker insert. Stir to combine. Then nestle chicken breast into the salsa mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  3. Shred chicken and serve on flour tortillas with chipotle slaw, Pico de Gallo and fresh chopped cilantro.

Keywords: healthy, recipe, quick, easy, simple, family dinner, weeknight meal, meal prep, crock pot, salsa, tortillas

 

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