Three simple ingredients are all you need for these easy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos.
It seems like some of my best meals happen by accident. You know the kind you throw together at the last minute not knowing if it will work or not.
That is exactly what happened with these crock pot chicken tacos.
I recently forgot to defrost a roast to put in the slow cooker for dinner. Not only did I forget to defrost it, it did not hit me until 1:00 in the afternoon.
I was walking out the door and realized that I had not taken out the roast and had nothing prepared for dinner.
I quickly looked in the pantry and saw a jar of salsa verde. I knew I had some chicken breasts that needed used up. So, I took a couple of pounds of chicken breasts and put them in the slow cooker.
Then I poured the jar of salsa verde and a bottle of beer on top. Yes, beer. Beer makes meat so flavorful and tender.
I left the house and came back around dinner time (about 5 hours later), hoping that my quick crock pot meal would taste great.
The chicken smelled so good when I walked in the door. The meat had cooked enough that is was falling apart.
I shredded the chicken and served it with taco shells, refried beans, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce.
As we were eating dinner my husband kept saying, “These are really good chicken tacos”. I was so glad he liked them, because they were so easy to make. You can’t get much more simple than a three ingredient slow cooker meal.
These are the perfect meal for taco Tuesday or any day that you need an easy to make dinner.
This is also a great recipe to serve a crowd. You can fill up your crock pot and make this stretch to serve quite a few people.
Can I freeze shredded chicken?
Yes, because this is a shredded chicken type of recipe it freezes great. Make a big batch and freeze the extras. The shredded meat works great for tacos, burritos, taco salad, and nachos.
Can I make Crock Pot Chicken Tacos gluten-free?
Yes, just use gluten-free beer. There are only a few truly gluten-free beers out there, so do your research and use the one that you feel is gluten-free and safe for your family.
Need some easy side dish recipes to serve with this?
- Instant Pot Refried Beans
- Easy Mexican Rice
- Slow Cooked Homemade Refried Beans
- Slow Cooked Cheater Refried Beans
- Instant Pot Green Chili Rice
- 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups salsa verde
- 1- 12 ounce bottle of beer ( Use gluten free beer to make this gluten free)
- Place chicken in slow cooker.
- Pour salsa and beer over top.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is done.
- Shred chicken. Add some of the liquid to the chicken for desired texture/taste. About 1-2 cups liquid is usually good.
- Serve with beans, cheese, tortillas, cheese, or other desired toppings.
For a different flavor this can be made with regular salsa or green enchilada sauce instead of salsa verde.
For freezing cook and cool completely. Freeze in containers or zip top type bags.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 390mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 43g
Originally posted June 2010. Updated April 2019.