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These easy, hands-off Crockpot chicken tacos have been a favorite in my house for years. So tender and full of flavor, they’re perfect for a busy weeknight dinner – the slow cooker does almost all the work! The creamy avocado-cilantro sauce puts them over the top. Just add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Close-up of Crockpot chicken tacos lined up in a row on a platter.

🌮 What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • There’s no standing over the stove or checking the temperature of your oven-baked chicken over and over. The Crockpot handles all of the cooking and in the end you’ve got tender, juicy, flavorful Mexican-style chicken, with pretty minimal effort on your part. I don’t know about you, but. Sounds pretty dreamy to me!
  • You’re welcome to skip the avocado-cilantro sauce if you want, but I think it really takes these Crockpot chicken tacos to a whole new level. The sauce is super creamy, and it’s FULL of flavor from the jalapeño, cilantro, garlic, and avocado. If you’re in the mood for different flavors, try our chipotle aioli, avocado crema, mango habanero, or homemade taco sauce.
  • We get to use one of my favorite kitchen hacks here – hand mixer shredded chicken! Seriously, shredding chicken is not my idea of a good time, but if you use a hand mixer, it only takes a few minutes. You’re welcome to use other methods if you prefer, though. I’ve outlined 5 of my favorites in this post all about shredded chicken!

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • If you’re not feeling tacos, you can totally use the Crockpot chicken from this recipe in burritos, nachos, taco salads, or quesadillas instead. It’s super versatile, and the flavors go well with anything.
  • Change up the salsa you use to give your chicken different flavors each time you make this dish. I’m a big fan of peach mango salsa or pineapple salsa for a slightly sweet take. Salsa verde, fire-roasted salsa, chunky salsa, smooth salsa – it all works here. You can also control the heat of your dish by using mild or hot salsa, whatever you like.
  • If you’d rather warm the tortillas on the stove instead of in the microwave, you can totally do that. Just heat a large skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat. When it’s warm, add just 1 tortilla at a time. Warm the tortilla for 15 seconds or so, until light brown spots appear on the bottom, then flip it over and do it again. Transfer the tortilla to a plate, cover it with a clean kitchen towel to keep it warm, and repeat with the rest of the tortillas. Once they’re all warmed, proceed with making your Crockpot chicken tacos!
4 Crockpot chicken tacos topped with avocado, cilantro, queso fresco, and red onion lined up in a row on a platter.

🌯 Other Mexican-Inspired Recipes You’ll Love

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 8 votes

Crockpot Chicken Tacos with Avocado-Cilantro Sauce


Prep 15 minutes
Cook 4 hours
Total 4 hours 15 minutes
Simple, perfect Crockpot chicken tacos topped with an easy and flavorful avocado-cilantro sauce. Awesome for a weeknight dinner or for a crowd.
8 tacos

Equipment

  • Crockpot or similar slow cooker
  • Tongs or large wooden spoon
  • Large bowl or cutting board
  • Hand mixer or 2 forks
  • internal meat thermometer
  • Food processor or blender
  • Paper towels
  • water
  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Microwave

Ingredients

For the Crockpot Chicken

  • 1 cup salsa of choice
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning store-bought or homemade
  • salt to taste
  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts approximately 6-8 ounces each

For the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce

  • 1 large avocado pit removed, peeled
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper stem removed, seeds removed, quartered; see Notes
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • salt to taste

Serving Suggestions (All Optional)

  • 8 8-inch taco tortillas flour or corn
  • crumbled queso fresco
  • diced red onion
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • diced avocado
  • sour cream

Instructions

For the Crockpot Chicken

  • Add 1 cup salsa of choice, 2 tablespoons taco seasoning, and salt (only if your taco seasoning doesn't contain salt already) to Crockpot. Stir to incorporate ingredients.
  • Add 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Flip chicken to coat with salsa mixture, then place lid on Crockpot.
  • Cook chicken on LOW 5 to 6 hours, or on HIGH 3 to 3 ½ hours.
  • When cook time is up, transfer chicken to large bowl (or cutting board). Shred cooked chicken with hand mixer (or 2 forks), then return shredded chicken to Crockpot and stir to incorporate with salsa mixture.
  • Cook uncovered on LOW 60 minutes or on HIGH 30 minutes.

For the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce

  • Add 1 large avocado, 1 medium jalapeño pepper, ½ cup cilantro leaves, ½ cup water, 2 cloves garlic, 2 teaspoons white vinegar, and salt to food processor or blender. Pulse until ingredients are fully combined and mixture is very smooth. Taste and add more salt if desired.

To Warm the Tortillas

  • Wet paper towel and wring out majority of excess water. Spread paper towel out on microwave-safe plate, then place one flour tortilla on top of paper towel. Repeat, layering damp paper towels and tortillas on plate, until all tortillas have been stacked on plate. Cover last tortilla with one damp paper towel.
  • Place plate in microwave. Microwave 20 to 30 seconds or until tortillas are warm and softened, then carefully remove plate from microwave.

To Serve the Tacos

  • Portion shredded chicken into warmed tortillas. Drizzle avocado-cilantro sauce over chicken as desired, then top tacos with preferred toppings. Serve immediately.
  • To drizzle avocado-cilantro sauce, fill a plastic sandwich bag with prepared sauce. Snip off a small piece of one corner and drizzle sauce over chicken in tacos.
  • Shred Chicken: Watch this quick video to see how to shred chicken with a hand mixer.
  • Make it Whole30: Use a Whole30-compliant taco seasoning and salsa. Replace tortillas with lettuce cups. Omit any cheese and sour cream.
  • Make it Paleo: Use paleo-friendly taco seasoning and salsa. Replace tortillas with lettuce cups, or use grain-free tortillas. Use paleo-friendly cheese.
  • Make it Gluten Free: Make sure your taco seasoning and salsa don’t contain any hidden gluten. Replace tortillas with lettuce cups or use corn tortillas or gluten-free tortillas.
  • Make it Low Carb/Keto: Use a keto taco seasoning and a salsa without any added sugars or sugar substitutes. Replace tortillas with lettuce cups, low-carb tortillas, or homemade keto tortillas.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1 taco (flour tortilla with sauce, no toppings)Calories: 290calProtein: 23gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 775mgPotassium: 583mgTotal Carbs: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gNet Carbs: 26gVitamin A: 363IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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29 Comments

  1. Absolutely delicious! I was a little bit skeptical at first but it turned out to be great! Simple, delicious, and easy 🙂5 stars

  2. Hi! Can this be made in an instapot? If so, what would you suggest fir cook time? Thank you!

  3. Hi!
    I had a question. Do you drain the liquid after the chicken is done cooking, or do you add it to the shredded chicken? Thanks!

    1. Avatar Amelia Camurati says:

      I usually mix it together! If it’s TOO much liquid, let it go.

  4. Hi! Can you use frozen chicken breasts or do they need to be thawed? Thanks!

  5. Can you please provide a link to the taco seasoning recipe you make? And can I mention how amazing it is to have the option to increase the number of servings in your recipes????? It is so incredibly helpful as we have a huge family and I don’t have the time to crunch numbers like that. I will be using your blog on a regular basis for that reason!!!

  6. These came out awesome! I used salsa verde, and made it into a taco salad. Gonna make this recipe often! Thanks!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Wow.. thanks a lot. Now I’m SUPER hungry. 😀

  7. Avatar Christine says:

    Can you place the chicken in frozen or does it need to be thawed first?

    1. Avatar Savannah | 40 Aprons Team says:

      You can try it frozen! Just make sure to cook the chicken until it reaches 165° internally. 🙂5 stars

  8. I was going to ask about the chipotle sauce recipe! Can’t wait to make this!

    1. Avatar thestylistquo says:

      Ooh, definitely adding your blog to my Google Reader! I love a girl who knows how to wear head-to-toe black! 🙂
      Thank your reading! Follow me on Twitter and I’ll follow back

      Cheryl

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