Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe

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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!

Crockpot Chicken Taco

4.63 from 58 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken, crockpot, Tacos
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 294kcal


  • 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


  • Make the taco seasoning by mixing together the dried minced onions, chili powder, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, cumin, salt and cornstarch.
  • Add chicken thighs, one tablespoon of the taco seasoning and salsa to a crockpot.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Once cooked through, shred chicken in the crockpot and mix well.
  • Grate the cheese; dice the avocado, tomatoes, and bell pepper.
  • Add chicken to tortillas, then add toppings as desired. Serve with strawberries on the side.
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Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1075mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g

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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?

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!

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!

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!

4 stars
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.

5 stars
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!

5 stars
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!

4 stars
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.

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

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

5 stars
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!

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

5 stars
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).

3 stars
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!

5 stars
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!

How did you make the shells? I hate buying hard shells from the store because they are always stale. Those look like they are fried corn tortillas? Would love any tips so they don’t turn out an oily mess.

Hi Lauren! You can make your own baked corn tortilla shells by putting a little oil on them and baking them on a baking sheet. When we do this, they’re still pliable enough that we can fold them over into tacos (especially if you add a pinch of cheese to the middle) but they have a bit of crunch, too. Try them for just about 5 minutes in a 400 F oven.