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Shredded Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

Crockpot chicken taco meat is great for meal prepping or made in large batches with fresh meat or made with slow cooker frozen chicken with a few ingredients. In no time with little prep, you’ll have a yummy meal.

Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

Crockpot chicken taco meat is the best for a throw together dinner! Either throw it together when you’re ready, or meal prep and make a bunch of freezer meals for months to come. Healthy and full of flavor, you’ll love this easy Crockpot recipe. (affiliate links present)

Shredded Chicken Taco Recipe

If you love easy chicken recipes, welcome to the club! Pair that with a delicious slow cooker dinner and BAM you’re speaking our language too. You can just throw it into some small tortillas with avocado and lettuce and a healthy meal is made.

Once you fall in love with this one, use the other meat and make a batch of slow cooker taco meat. We love those too served up the same way.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉


Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot shredded chicken is something we make quite often. If you don’t have that fast cooking multi cooker then we wanted to share how this was done slow and low too. If old fashioned ways are where it’s at with you when making dinner for your family, this should be right up your alley.

This is what was thrown together to create this kid friendly meal. This is in fact a guest blog post on our site today, made from a friend of mine who lives in a city we once resided in. She’s a great home cook and loves sharing her creations. Photos were taken in her kitchen while prepping, we thank her for her cheap dinner idea. 😉

Since she is a rockstar she makes her own homemade salsa, using the tomatoes grown in her own garden. Of course you could use bottled if you don’t have the time for that, or for another tweak our Qdoba salsa verde is incredible too.

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Shredded Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat with Frozen Chicken

If you find chicken breasts on sale, or you buy bulk meat online, you can really make quite a few of these in a short amount of time. You can freeze them too and slow cooker frozen chicken works just the same, the timing doesn’t change. There are directions if you want to store these healthy chicken freezer meals below too.

Chicken taco ingredients

  1. Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. Taco seasoning mix
  3. Jar of salsa – or use fresh
  4. Ranch seasoning
  5. Olive oil
  6. Chicken broth 

Slow cooker chicken tacos are done

1/2 cup of cheese per person (or so). We like to pile it on though so I don’t really measure. LOL. Mexican cheese mix is fantastic.

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Crock pot Chicken Tacos

Yes you could double the recipe if you are batch cooking but you’d need a larger Crock to do so. It’s a great recipe since it is super easy to throw everything together for a weeknight meal.

  1. First you might want to spray the inside of the pot with non stick spray, or use a liner.
  2. Put chicken on the bottom with all other ingredients on the top.
    1. or if you’ve already prepped it, just pour contents of defrosted bag into pot
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours

How do you know when shredded chicken is done?

  1. if you attempt to shred it with 2 forks and it is tough to do, it’s not done yet
    1. it should easily pull apart with little to no effort, if not then cook longer
    2. cooking on high doesn’t help, low and slow is better in my opinion
  2. Shred chicken with two forks

Serve as desired in homemade tortillas or on top of white rice.

Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

Do you need an appliance to shred chicken? Well you can use your stand mixer if you have a lot to do. You’d need to cool it a bit first though, wrap it in a towel and put it on low. Forks work just fine for every day batches like this though.

What do you eat with shredded chicken?

It is up to you how you serve them up really. If you’re going for a low carb dish then maybe it is all by itself with some veggies on the side. This is typically what I have available on our taco bar or when we make air fryer flautas:

  1. Shredded cheese
  2. Lettuce
  3. Diced tomatoes
  4. Olives
  5. Salsa
  6. Hot sauce
  7. Sour cream
  8. Avocado if it is in season

What did we miss that you love to add to your shredded chicken taco recipe?

How long can you keep shredded chicken?

We rarely have any left for a typically easy recipe such as this one but you can store leftover shredded chicken in airtight containers and have healthy meals for 3-4 days in the fridge, and up to 2 months in the freezer.

If you love meals like this, try a few of our Instant Pot taco recipes here too. We’ve made some with beef, ground beef and chicken too. 

chicken taco recipe

Chicken freezer meals

Here’s how you need to prep it before you throw them into the deep freeze to cook later:

  1. Place all ingredients into a Ziplock Freezer bag. Combine well.
  2. Label bag and include instructions on the outside.
  3. Reduce air inside the bag as much as possible before sealing.
  4. Lay flat on a cookie sheet in the freezer until solid.

Then you can remove them and stack in your freezer. When you’re ready to use your meal prepped bag:

  1. Remove bag of frozen chicken.
  2. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
  3. Pour the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Using our pepperoncini chicken is a great option with it too.
  4. Serve on homemade tortillas with your choice of toppings

Something else we make with this if we do have leftovers is another version of our Mexican Cornbread Casserole with poultry on the bottom layer instead of ground beef.

Mexican Cornbread Casserole

Shredded chicken recipes

You can make this faster as an Instant Pot chicken recipe of course too, then serve up in a dish like our chicken taco bowls!

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Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

Crockpot chicken taco meat is great for meal prepping or made in large batches and frozen for later use. With a few ingredients you'll have a yummy meal.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword crockpot, shredded chicken, slow cooker, tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 6
Calories 464kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Mix olive oil and seasonings together in a bowl. Place chicken breasts on bottom of slow cooker. Pour your seasoning mixture on top with salsa on top of that.
  • Cover with lid and cook for 4-6 hours on low or until chicken can be shredded easily with 2 forks. (the thicker the breasts the longer it will take)
  • Shred chicken with 2 forks and stir together with sauce so each piece is well coated.
  • Serve inside small tortillas with lettuce, cheese, salsa, sour cream etc..


Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 464 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 1494mg65%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1114IU22%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 9th of February 2022

When is the pico added?


Sunday 9th of January 2022

My family and I absolutely LOVE this chicken! I have 3 very picky children that are hard to please but they actually really like this! Thank you!!!

The Typical Mom

Monday 10th of January 2022

So glad

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