Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos


These Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos are a game-changer for busy days. With minimal prep, you can enjoy flavorful, tender chicken tacos without the hassle. Simply toss the ingredients in the crockpot and let it work its magic. Top with your favorite fresh veggies and condiments, and you’ve got a delicious taco feast!


  • 2-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins
  • 1 jar (16 oz) salsa (choose your preferred heat level)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 packets taco seasoning mix
  • Taco shells or tortillas, for serving
  • Optional toppings: diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced jalapeños, chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, lime wedges


  1. Prepare the Crockpot: Place the chicken breasts or tenderloins at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add Salsa and Taco Seasoning: Pour the entire jar of salsa over the chicken. Sprinkle the taco seasoning packets evenly over the salsa.
  3. Add Cream Cheese: Distribute the cubed cream cheese over the top of the salsa and chicken.
  4. Cook Low and Slow: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6 hours. Avoid opening the lid during cooking to retain heat and moisture.
  5. Shred the Chicken: After 6 hours, using two forks, shred the chicken directly in the slow cooker. It should easily fall apart and absorb the flavors of the salsa and seasoning.
  6. Mix Well: Mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cream cheese, and taco seasoning until well combined. The cream cheese will melt into the salsa, creating a creamy and flavorful sauce.
  7. Assemble the Tacos: Warm the taco shells or tortillas according to the package instructions. Spoon the flavorful chicken mixture into each taco shell.
  8. Add Toppings: Customize your tacos with your favorite toppings. Add diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced jalapeños, chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, or a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  9. Serve and Enjoy: Arrange the loaded tacos on a platter and serve immediately. Enjoy the irresistible combination of tender chicken, creamy salsa, and your favorite toppings.

These Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos are not only delicious but incredibly easy to make. Perfect for busy weeknights or when you’re entertaining a crowd. Enjoy the convenience and mouthwatering flavors of these effortless tacos! 🌮🤤

1. Can I use frozen chicken for this recipe? It’s recommended to use thawed chicken for food safety reasons. Using frozen chicken may affect the cooking time and result in unevenly cooked meat.

2. Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts or tenderloins? Yes, you can use chicken thighs in this recipe. They will add a slightly different flavor and tenderness to the dish.

3. Can I make this recipe with homemade salsa instead of store-bought? Absolutely! You can use homemade salsa for a fresher taste. Feel free to adjust the spiciness and flavors to your preference.

4. How spicy is the final dish? The spiciness of the dish depends on the heat level of the salsa you choose. If you prefer a milder dish, opt for a mild salsa variety. Conversely, if you like it spicier, go for medium or hot salsa.

5. Can I use low-fat or fat-free cream cheese? While you can use low-fat or fat-free cream cheese, keep in mind that full-fat cream cheese provides a creamier texture and richer flavor. The choice is yours based on your dietary preferences.

6. How long can I keep the leftovers in the refrigerator? Leftover chicken taco filling can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to reheat it thoroughly before serving.

7. Can I freeze the chicken taco filling? Yes, you can freeze the cooked chicken taco filling for up to 2-3 months. Store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bags. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

8. Can I use the chicken taco filling for other dishes besides tacos? Absolutely! The versatile chicken taco filling can be used in burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos, or even over rice. Get creative and enjoy it in various ways!

9. Can I double the recipe for a larger crowd? Yes, you can easily double or halve the recipe based on the number of servings you need. Adjust the ingredients accordingly and use a larger or smaller slow cooker as needed.

Enjoy your Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos and feel free to customize them to your taste!