The Easiest Slow Cooker Taco Meat Ever!

This Crockpot Chicken Tacos recipe is the easiest taco meat you’ll ever make. With just 4 ingredients and minimal effort, your taco Tuesday will never be the same!

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Crockpot Chicken Tacos

This recipe is part of my Dump it ’til it’s hot series of dump recipes. It’s all about making delicious food with minimal prep, no pre-cooking, the ability to freeze for a good make-ahead meal. And trust me when I say, easy never tasted so good!

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When I was growing up, taco night meant ground beef mixed with a packet of taco seasoning. And it was delicious- Taco night has always been a favorite! But once I started making this chicken taco recipe, I never looked back (well almost never, except for these amazing Baked Tacos).

I’ve been making this for so long, I don’t even know where I even found the recipe to begin with. But this shredded chicken taco recipe is not only crazy easy to throw together, it makes the most deliciously satisfying taco meat that everyone in our family goes crazy over!

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Tips for making shredded chicken tacos

  • You don’t even have to stir everything once it’s in the pot. It’s a true dump-and-go recipe.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if feeding a crowd.
  • This also makes some killer leftovers- I love to enjoy them for lunch over a salad or in a quesadilla.

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Frequently asked questions about making slow cooker chicken tacos

  • Can you freeze chicken taco meat? Yes- either before cooking or after works just fine
  • Can I reheat crockpot chicken tacos? Yes- I reheat this in the microwave.
  • How long does chicken taco meat last? 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.
  • Can I use other types of meat? Yes, I’ve used a 2-3 pound chuck roast and and a half pork butt before with great results. Just extend the cooking time by an hour or two.
  • What goes with chicken tacos? I like mine with lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, sour cream and even guacamole!
  • Can I make this in the instant pot? Yes- see the recipe below for instructions for both the slow cooker and instant pot!

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Crockpot Chicken Tacos Recipe Upgrades

Although this is designed to be a dump-and-go recipe, here are a few “upgrades” you can make if you have a little extra time on your hands and don’t mind doing a small amount of extra work. You don’t have to do them to have a delicious meal, but they will make this recipe come out even more delicious:

  • Sear the chicken before placing it into the slow cooker (if you’re using an instant pot, you can do this on the saute setting).
  • Make a can of refried beans and some Mexican rice to serve on the side.

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Make it a meal!

A few great recipes to round out and complete this meal would be:

instant pot shredded chicken

Helpful tools:

  1. Slow cooker
  2. Instant pot
  3. Gallon freezer zipper bags
  4. Slow cooker liners
  5. Measuring spoons
  6. Measuring cups
  7. Chef’s knife
  8. Cutting board

shredded chicken taco recipe

Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 5 mins
 

This Crockpot Chicken Tacos recipe is the easiest taco meat you'll ever make. With just 4 ingredients and minimal effort, your taco Tuesday will never be the same!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: crockpot chicken tacos
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 10 ounce can Rotel
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 Tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil
Instructions
Crockpot instructions
  1. Place chicken into crockpot.

  2. Place remaining ingredients over the top of the chicken (don't even bother stirring it).

  3. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours.
  4. Shred chicken with two forks (it will shred very easily and quickly) and stir to mix juices.

  5. Serve immediately in tacos, over salad, over nachos or in quesadillas.

Instant Pot instructions
  1. Place chicken into Instant Pot.

  2. Place remaining ingredients over the top of the chicken (don't even bother stirring it).

  3. Cover and set Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 10 minutes.

  4. When the time is up do a natural release for 10 minutes.

  5. Shred chicken with two forks (it will shred very easily and quickly) and stir to mix juices.

  6. Serve immediately in tacos, over salad, over nachos or in quesadillas.

Recipe Notes

If freezing, combine all ingredients into a zipper freezer bag and freeze.

 

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This Crockpot Chicken Tacos recipe is the easiest taco meat you'll ever make. With just 4 ingredients and minimal effort, your taco Tuesday will never be the same! Also includes Instant Pot instructions!

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Scott
    April 27, 2015 at 10:19 am I've made pulled pork in a slow cooker many times, but never into taco meat. I don't know why I never thought of it! Scott recently posted...Incontinence is No JokeMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm I LOVE pulled pork in the slow cooker, it's so good!
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    Wendy
    April 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm Tacos are always a meal everyone loves at our house, thanks for this great idea to use the crock pot! Looking forward to trying it. Wendy recently posted...My Body Utopia Giveaway!My Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 11:02 am Thank you- I hope you enjoy. We are huge taco fans as well- what's not to like?
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    Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too
    April 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm Recipe looks great. Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too recently posted...Rib-Eye SteakMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 11:00 am Thank you :)
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    Christine
    April 27, 2015 at 10:30 pm My stomach is growling looking at those!! Super yummy! Question: what is a can of Rotel? Never heard of that! Thanks for sharing! xox Christine Christine recently posted...Real Life MondaysMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 11:00 am Thank you! Rotel is canned tomatoes and diced green chiles. IT's pretty delicious and I heard that people like to mix it with Velveeta to make a queso dip but I couldn't really speak to how that is because Velveeta and I don't mix haha. At our grocery store, they keep the Rotel next the canned tomatoes not with the Mexican foods so you might want to check both locations. Let me know if you have any other questions :)
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    yanique
    April 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm Slow cooker meals are the best since I'm busy through out the day. I can't wait to try this one. Pinning! yanique recently posted...Are Bribes and Rewards Destroying Children’s Self-Motivation ?My Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:57 am I completely agree- it's all about keeping it simple. Thank you- I hope you enjoy! :)
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    Jen @ Living in His Way
    April 27, 2015 at 10:55 pm This looks SO good! Pinned!
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:55 am Thank you :)
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    Lauren White
    April 28, 2015 at 2:44 am I'm all about easy peasy dinners! This is getting added to my list!
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:37 am Me too- I hope you enjoy!
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    Lauren White
    April 28, 2015 at 2:46 am I'm all about easy peasy dinners! This is being added to my list!!!! Lauren White recently posted...Eight Month UpdateMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:33 am I hope you enjoy it- thanks for stopping by!
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    Krista
    April 28, 2015 at 9:26 am I love my slow cooker!! These tacos look amazing and it sounds like a great flavor combination, and super easy! Thanks for sharing! Pinned! Krista recently posted...5 Tips For Teaching Your Teen to DriveMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:16 am Thank you- I hope you enjoy!
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:55 am Thank you- Enjoy!
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    Krista
    April 28, 2015 at 9:27 am Those tacos look amazing! I love using my slow cooker and this recipe sounds perfect! Pinning! Krista recently posted...5 Tips For Teaching Your Teen to DriveMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:15 am Thank you- we love it! I hope you enjoy :)
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    Brittany Dickerson
    April 29, 2015 at 10:29 am I've never thought about putting taco meat in the slow cooker! LOVE this recipe! Brittany Dickerson recently posted...Hospital Birth VS Home BirthMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 29, 2015 at 11:24 am Thank you- enjoy!
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    Velaundra{at}Velsworld.com
    April 29, 2015 at 10:53 am Those look super yummy! I know my boys would definitely love these. Velaundra{at}Velsworld.com recently posted...How I quit smokingMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 29, 2015 at 11:09 am Thank you- I hope they enjoy them!
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    Melissa Vera
    April 29, 2015 at 11:41 am This recipe looks so yummy. I am always on the lookout for new crock pot recipes. Thanks for sharing. Melissa Vera recently posted...Hanging With A Group of Fabulous Bloggers #TriFABBSWSMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 29, 2015 at 11:56 am Thank you- I hope you enjoy it!
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    All that's Jas
    May 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm That sounds and looks amazing! I'm all about easy cooking. Thanks for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things. All that's Jas recently posted...Fettuccine and Smoked Salmon in Vodka SauceMy Profile
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      Jessy
      May 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm Thank you- so am I!
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    Kaitie @ Fuchsia Freezer
    May 4, 2015 at 10:02 am This looks amazing! Plus it's a great weeknight meal during the summer when you don't want to heat up your entire house and have a FANTASTIC meal done by the time you get done!! Kaitie @ Fuchsia Freezer recently posted...A Quick UpdateMy Profile
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      Jessy
      May 4, 2015 at 10:02 am Thank you :) That's why we love it- easy and delicious!

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