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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Set and forget these slow cooker shredded chicken tacos, then enjoy fork-tender, flavorful chicken. All you need are regular pantry ingredients. Toast the tortillas for some texture and pair them with your favorite toppings!

Set and forget these slow cooker shredded chicken tacos then enjoy fork-tender, authentic tasting, flavorful chicken. Pair it with your favorite toppings!

Today we’re making some super flavorful slow cooker shredded chicken tacos. This recipe takes your humble breasts and transforms them into delicious and juicy taco meat. The magical pairing of tomato paste to marry the cumin brings out such depth in flavor, you’d think this was straight out of your favorite taco truck. Use them for tacos, burritos, taco bowls, enchiladas, loaded nachos, or as taco meat for some cheesy chicken baked tacos.

Make them for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, taco night, the Super Bowl, potlucks, parties, or cookouts. It makes a ton of shredded chicken to feed a crowd or you can freeze it for a day when you have a random taco craving. Top it with some avocado, tomatoes, red onions, jalapenos, cilantro, green onions, shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole, or sour cream and dig in. Let’s make some tacos!

Set and forget these slow cooker shredded chicken tacos then enjoy fork-tender, authentic tasting, flavorful chicken. Pair it with your favorite toppings!

SLOW COOKER SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS RECIPE TIPS

I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this and pre-seasoned them with salt and pepper to taste. I like using coarse sea salt for the seasoning because it’s very forgiving. Once you’ve pre-seasoned the chicken, there is no need to season it all again after it’s finished cooking.

Sear the chicken breasts on both sides before putting them in the slow cooker. This step is entirely optional. The searing locks in the flavor and juices and sort of adds more levels of flavor. However, if you are pressed for time or just feeling a little lazy, you can skip the searing entirely. If you do decide to go the extra mile though, do yourself a favor and invest in a splatter guard to save some time on the clean-up.

Set and forget these slow cooker shredded chicken tacos then enjoy fork-tender, authentic tasting, flavorful chicken. Pair it with your favorite toppings!

Mix the rest of the ingredients to make a sauce and pour it over each chicken breast arranged neatly in the slow cooker. I like using tomato paste in a tube because it keeps well. You can find these at most grocery stores near the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. A little goes a long way with tomato paste and since it’s an ingredient you don’t use all in one go, it makes more sense to get it in a squeezable tube rather than buying it in a tin and letting the rest go to waste. Squeeze and use as needed and don’t worry about wasting ingredients.

Set and forget these slow cooker shredded chicken tacos then enjoy fork-tender, authentic tasting, flavorful chicken. Pair it with your favorite toppings!

I toasted the tortillas to add some texture and warm them up a little. Toast them only on one side so you have a crispy side to crunch into, and a soft pliable side ready to be folded. You can do both sides, but I found doing both sides made it harder to fold the tortillas without pieces breaking off.

And that’s about it. Set it and forget it then come back to claim your tacos. Enjoy!

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A top down shot of four slow cooker shredded chicken tacos with lime wedges and a dip.

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings (24-26 tacos) 1x

Description

Set and forget these slow cooker shredded chicken tacos then enjoy fork-tender, authentic tasting, flavorful chicken. Pair it with your favorite toppings!


Ingredients

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  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional for heat)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. [Optional step] Over medium-high heat, sear chicken on both sides until browned, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Arrange chicken breasts in a 6 qt. slow cooker.
  4. Combine all other ingredients and blend into a smooth paste. Pour over chicken breasts.
  5. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  6. Shred the chicken with two forks and toss to coat with the juices.
  7. Dish and serve hot with your favorite toppings.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Leave out cayenne if you don’t like things spicy.
  • Smoked paprika gives things a smoky taste and does not affect spice level.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours

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6 Comments

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    Jordan
    January 27, 2022 at 11:54 PM

    So delicious!!!!

  • Reply
    Julia French
    November 3, 2021 at 10:13 PM

    I made this yesterday for my family. I loved how my house smelled all day. My husband and son (and me too) absolutely loved it! I got a text from my 17 year old son, he said those tacos were insane. Pretty high rating for a teen boy! Will totally be making again.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 4, 2021 at 2:34 PM

      Woohoo! This is one of my favorites too so I’m happy you tried it out. I love that compliment! Thanks for letting me know they were a hit, Julia.

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    Susan
    November 11, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    I made this chicken last night for dinner. Oh my, great flavor and my family loved the tacos!! I used 3 pounds of chicken and increased the liquid measurements by half so that I would have enough chicken to make enchiladas this weekend. So glad I did as this was so delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 12, 2020 at 9:34 AM

      Thanks for being the first to try this out! I’m so glad you came back and let me know how it worked for you. Also thrilled you enjoyed it like I did. I was honestly SO surprised at the flavor.

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