slow cooker chicken tacos

jason and i have very different weekday lunch habits. he goes out to lunch with the guys almost every day and refuses to eat the same lunch two days in a row. i am the complete opposite. i bring my lunch almost every day and regularly eat the same thing five days in a row (i've been known to eat the same lunch for weeks at a time). and because i tend to eat the same thing for at least five days in a row, i like lunches that are either quick and simple to assemble every day or something i can make once and eat all week.

i never ever get sick of tacos. i don't really know why. i didn't have them much as a kid and when we did, it wasn't anything special. but now, i can't get enough.

this is one of those "why didn't i think of that?!" recipes. so amazingly simple. i really don't take advantage of my slow cooker as much as i should. and now that i tackled chicken tacos, there must be a way to make carnitas and beef in it too.

consider yourself warned: this chicken is amazing, and the recipe makes a lot. i mean a lot. the sunday i made this, two of us had tacos for dinner. i ate tacos the rest of the week for lunch and at the end of the wek had at least half of the meat left. if you're cooking for a smaller crowd, like me, then i suggest freezing half for later.

slow cooker chicken tacos
adapted from beantown baker
6 hours, serves a lot (12+)

14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
one packet taco seasoning or two tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
15 ounce low sodium chicken broth
taco fixings
  1. pour the diced tomatoes into the bottom of your slow cooker. spread the tomatoes around to make an even layer.
  2. lay the chicken breasts over the tomatoes.
  3. in a small bowl mix the taco seasoning and chicken stock. pour over the chicken.
  4. cover and turn the slow cooker on low. cook for about 6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  5. remove the chicken from the slow cooker, leaving the liquid behind. shred the chicken with a fork. add liquid to the chicken, a tablespoon at a time, until the desired wetness.
  6. serve with your favorite taco fixings. freeze leftovers.
2012.03.05 this was alli 'n sons' pick for the secret recipe club!


  1. Mmm, Tacos and slow cooker - two of my favorite things! I'll definitely add this one to my list!

  2. What a way to make tacos... I too tend to eat the same lunch all through the week day I don't get bored with it :) love the taco photo, its so appealing, nice blog by the way :)

  3. Great lunch idea. I have never used my slow cooker and this is the perfect recipe to change that. I could happily eat this for lunch every day. Crave worthy!

  4. These are so delicious. I have made these so many times, changing up the type of tomatoes and seasoning I get to change the spice level. Thanks for the great recipe!


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