Cookin’ in the Crock: Chicken Tacos

I love crock pot cooking!  Cooking dinner really doesn’t get any better than throwing a bunch of ingredients in the slow cooker, going about your daily work (while you drool over smell dinner cooking, and coming back in a few hours to a delicious meal!  Because of our schedule, I tend to use the crock pot A LOT, and I am always on the lookout for good recipes! 


Sunny Side Up is where I found the original version of this amazing recipe, and it’s become one of our favorite crock meals!  I usually end up modifying the recipe based on whatever I have on hand at the time.  ***note: If you don’t like spicy food, this recipe is probably not for you!  Consider that your fair warning. ;)***


Chicken Crockpot Tacos
(my typical variation of the original recipe which you can find here)

2 chicken breasts (I usually cheat on the meat save money by using 1 chicken breast)
1 jar salsa (I’ve also used a can of diced tomatos w/chiles)
1-2 cans pinto beans (or black beans…I like pinto beans slightly better in this recipe)
1 can jalapenos (or chiles)
corn (optional!)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder


You can either cook your chicken breast in the crock pot, or you can use pre-cooked and shredded chicken.I’ve done both! 🙂

(When I buy several pounds of chicken all at once, I will often boil several chicken breasts, shred them, and then freeze for use later. This is a great way to save time if you need to throw a casserole together at the last minute, dress up a tossed salad, or make a quick chicken salad wrap!)


If you decide to cook your chicken in the crock pot: Put the chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot, pour the rest of your ingredients around and on top of the chicken. Give everything a good mix, and cook on low for about 4 hr. When you’re ready to serve, shred the chicken and give it another good mix.


If you already have your chicken cooked and shredded: Mix all the ingredients together in your crock pot and cook on low for about an hour.


We eat the mixture in tortillas along with cheese and “taco toppings” (lettuce, tomato, sour cream, etc).


This is a super easy, cheap, filling, and yummy recipe! If you love Mexican food, you gotta try it! 🙂


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