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Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

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Ready for an easy dinner idea? This Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat Recipe makes taco night even easier! This is a very flavorful, not too spicy and super simple way to make shredded chicken! The possibilities are endless whether you use it in Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Tortilla Soup, tacos, nachos or quesadillas.

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Why Should I Make Chicken Taco Meat in the Crockpot?

I think nearly everyone will agree, crockpot recipes always seem to be the most delicious and super easy. Chicken is always cooked to perfection and shreds so easily every time. I love the ease of throwing everything in the crockpot early on in my day, and set it and forget it (for the most part). Knowing dinner will be ready or at least mostly ready by the time dinner time rolls around is the best! Be warned, this recipe is ridiculously easy.

Recipes Ideas to use this Chicken Taco Meat

Whether you’re adding chicken to tacos or quesadillas, this crockpot chicken is perfect for the job. Here are few recipe ideas to get you started.

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

You can use store-bought taco seasoning, no problem! I always keep a few on hand for busy days. But if you want to make your own, I have a great one! My Homemade Taco Seasoning is so much better than store bought and you probably have all of the ingredients in your spice cabinet.

How to Make Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

Throwing this recipe together for the crockpot is ridiculously easy. For full recipe details and measurements, see the printable recipe card below.

Add Ingredients to a Cold Crockpot

Place chicken into the crockpot. Sprinkle taco seasoning onto chicken, and pour the can of chilis and salsa over the top.


Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked thoroughly and will shred easily.

Shred Chicken + Place Back in Crockpot

Shred chicken by using two forks or in your stand mixer using the paddle attachment. It only takes a few seconds. A hand mixer will also work.

Remove any questionable pieces (fat, cartilage, etc.) and place back into the crockpot with the cooking liquid. Cover to keep warm and serve in tacos, quesadillas, on a salad, or however your little heart desires.

Storing Leftover Shredded Chicken

Any leftover shredded chicken can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave in intervals, occasionally stirring until heated through. Freezing this chicken and using for later is very simple. Allow chicken to cool completely before placing in a freezer safe, airtight container. Chicken will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw and use: Place in the fridge overnight to thaw. When ready to use, reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

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That’s it!

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Have a great week, friends!

Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat Recipe

This Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat Recipe is a super simple and very flavorful way to make healthy shredded chicken! Use for days in a variety of different dishes!
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 5 mins


  • 2 lbs frozen chicken breasts about 4 breasts
  • 1.25 oz taco seasoning packet 1/4 cup
  • 4.5 oz mild diced green chiles 1 can
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa


  • Place all ingredients into a crockpot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked thoroughly and will shred easily.
  • Remove chicken from crockpot and shred, removing any fat.
  • Place back into the crockpot and stir with remaining liquid. Cover and keep warm in the crockpot until ready to serve.
  • Serve in tacos, quesadillas, nachos, etc.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1194mg | Potassium: 768mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken Taco Meat, Chicken Taco Meat Recipe, Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

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28 Responses
  1. Kristi at Mulch and Paint Blog

    5 stars
    Today is the second time I have made your crockpot shredded chicken and it will not be the last! Such a simple, yet delicious dish! Thank you!

  2. Michelle Schlief

    I’ve been looking for low-carb ideas and this is awesome! I can make a big batch and use it in lots of recipes. Thanks Lauren for sharing!

  3. Vivian Hill

    I will be making this. I will trade out the red salsa for green salsa.
    My dad can not have anything with red tomatoes in it.

  4. Vicki Hauser

    5 stars
    I have been making this recipe for years and LOVE how dinner basically cooks its self. This is also tasty using a chuck roast.

  5. Grace

    5 stars
    My sister asked for an easy take-in meal for a family and I suggested tacos. When she asked for a recipe, I sent her this one. Then I panicked, because I felt like sending her to your blog where I find so many of our favorite recipes was like blowing my secret! Ha ha. Good thing I love my sister! 😉

  6. Mariell K Stennes

    1. Recipe sounds amazing! Definitely going to be on my list for the week!!!

    2. Can I get an AMEN on the teachers/babysitters/helpers! Love the kids but oh that little 8 hr a day help is truly a lifesaver!!!

  7. Lady T

    5 stars
    Lauren, I love you…in your introduction of yourself: ‘Thunder Thigh Haver’….LOL. I feel I have found my foodie kindred spirit:) Cheers!

  8. Grace

    What. Now that’s a recipe I can actually handle!

    This may just be an issue on my end (most likely), but the videos up on the left sidebar aren’t working. Regardless, I’m debating whether to make the cheesy chicken spaghetti or chicken tacos. Easy answer: both! Happy Friday!