Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe

While I know this will make me sound like the worst babysitter in the world, I have a three year old neighbor I offer to babysit once in awhile who loves to get into trouble!  Once, I turned my back for a few minutes, and she walked out of my bathroom, gripping the razor from my bathtub in her tiny little hands!  And, she refused to let go when I was trying to gently pry it from her hands. Needless to say, I never turn my back on that child anymore. She is always in my peripheral vision when I am babysitting.  Last night, I offered to babysit again, along with her 1 year old sister, whom I love to hold the entire time.  My kids are older now, so it’s fun for me to have babies over at my house. On the nights when I’m watching these girls, I know I’m not going to be able to spend much time over a hot stove holding that baby, like last night.  So, I did what I did many nights when my kids were that age… I pulled out my crockpot!

Between dry beans, shredded meats, and soups, I use a Crock-pot (slow cooker) at least once a week, sometimes twice! My poor Crock-pot is getting old and dingy, and never looks clean, but it works like a charm.  So, just before they came over, I put this dinner in my slow cooker:  Chicken Tacos-

Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe. Another great crockpot recipe!

Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe

It was simple, and required no preparation. I put into the slow cooker on low:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Homemade taco seasoning (recipe below)
  • and homemade salsa
Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe. Another great crockpot recipe! Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe. Another great crockpot recipe!

Cooking chicken in a slow cooker, with nothing more than seasoning and salsa, goes really fast.  Even if you are cooking on your lowest setting, my chicken was ready and ready to shred within 3 hours.

And did the kids eat it?  My kids as well as the neighbor girls I was babysitting, each had 3 little tacos! They loved them, and kept coming back for more!

Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe. Another great crockpot recipe!

But the best thing about tacos, is adding veggies!  We keep it simple and add:

  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • and cheese of course.
Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe. Another great crockpot recipe! Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe. Another great crockpot recipe!

This meal is almost so simple, I’ve hesitated to post it, however, making your own homemade taco seasoning…. definitely worth some blog space!

Did you know we have an entire category for crockpot meals?  Check it out here!

Crockpot Chicken Taco

Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 20 m
Cook Time: 4 h


  • 1 tablespoon – onions, dehydrated flakes
  • 2 teaspoon – chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon – red pepper/chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon – garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon – oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon – cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 teaspoon – cornstarch
  • 1 pound – chicken thigh, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 cup – salsa
Serve With:
  • 2 ounce – cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium – avocado
  • 2 medium – tomato, red
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, yellow
  • 2 cup shredded – lettuce
  • 8 medium – tortilla, whole wheat
  • 2 cup – strawberries


  1. Make the taco seasoning by mixing together the dried minced onions, chili powder, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, cumin, salt and cornstarch.
  2. Add chicken thighs, one tablespoon of the taco seasoning and salsa to a crockpot.
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  4. Once cooked through, shred chicken in the crockpot and mix well.
  5. Grate the cheese; dice the avocado, tomatoes, and bell pepper.
  6. Add chicken to tortillas, then add toppings as desired. Serve with strawberries on the side.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 336 17%
  • Fat: 12 g 18%
  • Carb: 38 g 13%
  • Fiber: 5 g 20%
  • Protein: 19 g 38%
  • Sugar: 3 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Rachael says:

This was a hit! Everyone loved it! We ended up having to do the chicken in then oven, so it was a little on the dry side, but still great!

Jackie Vega says:

Simply simple and delish!

Victoria Ajijedidun says:

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Ashly Hunter says:

Stacey Yarrish says:

Yum. And easy.

Jennifer Harper says:

I was super excited about this simple recipe, but as I was distracted by the kids when preparing it and put most of the taco seasoning on the chicken before I realized I was only supposed to put 1 tbsp. We’ll see how it goes!

Gwen Connell says:

Kids loved it!

Ryan says:

So easy and delicious. A bit on the salty side though.

Nastia R Kiriuschenko says:

I really loved it. I didn’t put it in a crockpot because I didn’t have time, so I cooked it in a pan. I was scared because it was too spicy, but once it gets in the tortilla, the flavor is amazing (I still would use less spicy flavor).

Kelly says:

This was wonderful. The chicken was full of flavor and super moist. Even hubby enjoyed it, and he is super picky.

Edith Baumann says:

Juliana says:

Delicious and easy!

viktorcanarias says:

Melissa D. says:

Used leftover chicken, so I just reheated it in a cast iron skillet, but I used the same ingredients otherwise and it turned out delicious!

Abra Lacy says:

used ground turkey, can of tomatoes, can of black beans, was delicious and more like chili

Caitlyn Bennett says:

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Tarrin Weber says:

The kids loved this – I substituted most of the spices taco seasoning which made it even simpler and still delicious

Jessica says:

Our family really liked this. Hubby grilled the chicken rather than cooking it in a crockpot, but it was delicious!

Danise Bachman says:

Kiera says:

Was a hit at dinner time, Miss Picky even ate it. -1 star as the Chicken was a little too spicy for the children even after I omitted the chilli powder.

A Tidwell says:

Super easy! And tasty!

Michelle Humphreys says:

Family loved it. Budget friendly very easy and delicious.

Evangelita Brown says:

This was so good. Family loved it. Will make it again.

Tiffany Jordan says:


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Melanie Stone says:

Tender chicken, great flavor, kids liked it

Danielle Stymest says:

I did use chicken breasts that I already had on hand. 2/3 of my kids devoured this and loved the build your own taco toppings we had on table! Hubby and I were bummed we didn’t have leftovers for lunch!

Lynn says:

Very good and easy, making again

Bonnie Rhames says:

Erin Marks says:

A hit for the whole family.

Lindsay Tucker says:

Big hit!

Megan Williams says:

Kim says:

I made in the pressure cooker and added bell peppers. Very quick and easy

Shandell Barneck says:

Abigail says:

Very delicious and easy. Both husband and I loved it!

Katie Ray says:

Very moist with chicken thighs, I used pineapple salsa and Trader Joe’s taco seasoning, very good

Courtney Dunham says:

This was great for Taco Tuesday. I used a different taco seasoning recipe that I already had made up. I added refried beans, sour cream, and dried cilantro. It was good!

Katie Jarvis says:

I really liked the chicken and veggies. The tortillas threw me a little. We called it burritos. The picture looked crunchy, but there aren’t directions how to do that.

Usia says:

Hello Amy,
Did you use skinless, boneless chicken thighs for this recipe? Or, do you recommend bone-in?

Jen says:

I’m going to try this recipe tonight! If I use chicken breasts – how many lbs should I use with the 1/2 cup salsa and 1 T seasoning? And is the 3-4 hours on high or low? Thanks!

Hi Jen- I usually cook chicken on Low. It cooks very quickly in my crockpot!

Jen says:

Thanks Amy! How many lbs of chicken is your recipe written for?

I think the standard package I buy is 3 lbs!

Barb says:

I also want to know how you got your taco shells crispy and bent into the taco shape! They look yummy!

They actually aren’t that crispy! I still have a lot to learn to make those just like store bought!

maggie says:

Tortilla recipe please. Looks yummy!

Kelly Overend says:

Yes! Please!

Hey Kelly and Maggie- I wish they were homemade shells! they are raw corn tortillas that I quick fried 🙁 I’ll practice some homemade ones though! It’s tricky to get them thin enough!

Jennifer says:

Hi PK! This is one of my husbands fiotraves, so I fix it often! I prep it in a crock pot liner, and set in the refrig the night before, and put it on at the time that is needed to have it ready for the meal I am preparing! Happy Crocking!

Amy says:

Chicken cooks pretty quickly in the Crockpot- I probably had mine in for about 3-4 hours.

Sarah says:

How long did you cook the chicken?

Cathy says:

I tried to fry my corn tortillas,and they turned out soft and greasy. Yours look crispy?? How do I get those to work better?

Amy says:

Yes Christy- I would just include maybe a 1/4 cup of water with it, since they tend to be a little more dry.

Amy says:

Vennessa- If I’m making homemade corn tortillas, I too fry them in some oil.. I do try to only use a tiny bit though. 🙁

Vennesa says:

How do you do your tortillas? My kids only like them fried and oil. Yours look healthier. 🙂

Ruth Lansing says:

My favorite kind of meal. 🙂

christy says:

can you use chicken breast?

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