This Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos recipe is full of tender shredded chicken, peppers, and onions all slow-cooked in salsa for a flavorful easy dinner.
This slow cooker chicken tacos recipe came about with the common dilemma of a family that can’t agree on what they want for dinner.
My husband wanted fajitas and the kids wanted tacos. If I made fajitas the kids wouldn’t touch them. I don’t know what is wrong with them. How can they deny themselves the sizzling peppers, onions, and chicken? They are young so I am hopeful they will grow out of it.
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So what happens when the family can’t decide. I throw everything in the crock pot and hope for the best. When it was done I called it tacos and served them up. Everyone was happy and satisfied. The tacos tasted amazing!
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
- Chicken Breast
- Taco Seasoning
- Green and Red Bell Pepper
- Red Onion
- Flour Tortillas
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Tips on how to make these tacos super awesome.
Fry your Flour Tortillas
Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Place a flour tortilla in the center. Turn it every 20 seconds to get the desired char marks. No oil or butter necessary!
Serve up these tacos with shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and sour cream.
Garnish the tacos with roughly chopped fresh cilantro and squeeze a lime wedge sprinkling the juice over the top of the tacos.
Homemade Taco Seasoning vs. Packets
In the recipe, I have given the option to use a taco seasoning packet or use my Taco Seasoning Mix. I haven’t used a taco seasoning packet in years.
I strongly recommend making your own taco seasoning. See my original post on Taco Seasoning Mix for directions on cooking it with ground beef.
Drain the Juice!
When making the tacos scoop out the chicken mixture with a slotted spoon or use a fork. Even when using a slotted spoon or fork these tacos are juicy!
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Recipe
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
- 15.5 oz. jar of chunky salsa divided. (chose your preference of mild, medium, or hot)
- 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 packet of Taco seasoning or my Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe follows
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 1 green bell pepper sliced
- 1/2 red onion sliced
- flour tortillas
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon and 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Pour half of the salsa into the slow cooker and spread evenly along the bottom.
Add the chicken breasts
Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the top of the chicken breasts
Add in the sliced peppers and onions.
Pour over the rest of the salsa.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
Gently shred the chicken using a fork.
Stir the mixture so the seasoning, chicken and vegetables are evenly distributed.
Add to a flour tortilla for tacos.
For the Homemade Taco Seasoning
In a mortar and pestle mix together all the ingredients.
Use the pestle to crush and grind the ingredients to release there full flavor and aroma.
Slow Cooker Chicken also is a great filler for burritos, enchiladas, and taquitos.