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Shredded Mexican chicken in a white bowl

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

A simple Mexican shredded chicken made in the slow cooker with only three ingredients. This recipe makes such tender and flavorful chicken, you'd never guess it was so easy!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword crockpot mexican chicken, slow cooker mexican chicken, slow cooker mexican shredded chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 117 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts a little less than 2 pounds
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • salt if desired

Wine Pairings — See Notes


  1. In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and stir. Do not add water. Add a few pinches of salt if your taco seasoning does not contain it.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, or on high for 3 hours. 

  3. Shred the chicken, either with two forks or with a hand mixer. See Note for more detail.

  4. Return chicken to slow cooker, if you shredded it on a cutting board or plate. Stir and cook uncovered for 30 minutes on High or 60 minutes on Low.
  5. Serve in tacos, enchiladas, burritos, salads, or burrito bowls.

Storage Notes

  1. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To easily shred chicken, beat with a hand mixer on low speed. Alternately, transfer cooked chicken breasts to a stand mixer and beat on low or medium speed with the paddle attachment.

If you're on a Whole30, make sure both your salsa and your taco seasoning are compliant.

To make this recipe in the Instant Pot, combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot and stir. Do not add water. Seal and cook High Pressure for 20 minutes. Quick Release, shred the chicken breasts, then return chicken to Instant Pot. Cook on Sauté mode for a few minutes until liquid is absorbed.

Wine Pairings
I recommend buying wine from Scout and Cellar, especially for lower carb or sugar and the health conscious. There's no added sugar to these wines, and they're all much lower in carbs, calories, and sugar. For me, there's no headache or fogginess the next day!

This recipe is packed with Mexican spice and flair, so you can get away with a variety of wine pairings. I recommend:

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 657mg29%
Potassium 498mg14%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.