Crockpot Chicken Tacos

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If you need a simple meal, look no further than Crockpot Chicken Tacos. Make as a freezer meal, just pop into the slow cooker and dinner is done!

Here is a really simple chicken taco crockpot recipe, that I’ll bet will become a new favorite to make in your slow cooker.  A friend gave it to me and I have searched far and wide to see if there was anything exactly like it to reference, but have yet to find an exact match.  There are loads of similar recipes out there, but this is my favorite!  It can be used for chicken tacos, quesadilla or even a salad. The possibilities are nearly endless for this EASY recipe!

I’m sure there are plenty more ways to serve up the chicken, but those are our favorites!  We usually get at least two meals out of this recipe.  This is part of our 40 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours slow cooker collection.

Other great slow cooker meals:

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos
Ranch Chicken Tacos 40 Meals in 4 Hours
Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Soup
Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Soup is an easy meal to prepare with just a few ingredients. Tasty & filling this crockpot dinner will make the family happy.
Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken ParmesanSlow Cooker Pulled Chicken Parmesan is a fantastic meal. It's quick to put together, comfort food in taste. Your whole family will love it!

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Crockpot Chicken Tacos


  • 1 chicken taco seasoning packet or use your own homemade seasoning
  • 6 frozen tenderloins or 3 frozen breasts (use fresh too and it takes 2-3 hours less)
  • 2 c fresh pico de gallo
  • ¼ c of olive oil
  • ¼ c water


  1. Take 1 chicken taco seasoning packet or use your own homemade seasoning and cover the bottom of the crockpot
  2. Lay 6 frozen tenderloins or 3 frozen breasts on top of the seasoning.
  3. Take cover chicken with pico. We use our store's hot variety fresh pico but, do adjust for your palate. You can use a can of Rotel, salsa or make your own, but fresh almost always tastes better.
  4. Pour the olive oil and water over the top of everything. Do not stir.
  5. If frozen should take 6 hours on high, fresh less time.
  6. Shred chicken and then put back in crockpot for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve on tortillas with sour cream, cheese and a squeeze of lime.

If you need a simple meal, look no further than Crockpot Chicken Tacos. Make as a freezer meal, just pop into the slow cooker and dinner is done!


  1. This recipe was put onto the Melt in Your Mouth Monday Recipe Blog Hop!

  2. I made this last night and let me tell you: I LOVE this recipe — and so does my family (including the picky 2 year old). It’s totally kicked something else out of the monthly meal rotation!

    And I will be sharing this on my first recipe blog.

    Thanks so much!

  3. For the Ranch chicken tacos do you add ranch to your bag before freezing or dump some in for the last 30 min of cooking or when do you put it in? Thanks for the help! I am BEYOND EXCITED to do the 40 meals in 4 hours;)

  4. Andrea Durkee says

    I made these for dinner tonight. I just started really cooking weekly for my husband and I (and our extremely picky two year old)

    Oh My word. these were so good. Definitely a must have once a month or so. Super easy to throw together and great for a big group of people too.

  5. Did I read that right? 6 hours on HIGH? Just want to make sure that was correct.

  6. How do you store this in your freezer to cook later? I’m asking because it says to layer the taco seasoning. Do you put the taco seasoning in the freezer bag with the chicken? Made this tonight and family loved it! I will make it again for sure! I want to have it in the freezer ready to go!

    • I am so glad you enjoyed this! Just toss it in the crock pot when you are throwing it together. I am sure it wouldn’t hurt to put it in the freezer bag as well. Let me know what worked best for you!

  7. These were so delicious! I used the leftover juices and shredded chicken to make taco soup… thanks for the recipe!

  8. I’m sorry new to the crockpot cooking well…. also to the planning and cooking easy and fast dinners for the family. With the time… does it matter if you use the breast steaks (which are quite a bit thicker) or the thin slices breast filets?

    • In my crock pot I just use Regular old Breasts. The thins ones would be done really quickly though if you are in a hurry 😉

  9. I just fixed this tonight for supper and the family loves it. All they could say was OMG. I doubled the recipe except for the water I only used what was called for and I did not use oil. I really don’t like oily things so I left it out just in case. Also, I used rotel instead of pico we don’t really like pico.
    There had quite a bit of juice in the crock pot so I took 3 cups out and made a Spanish rice out of it. All I did was 3 cups of the juice, 1 cup of water, and 1 chicken bouillon. Cover bring to a boil add 2 cups of rice to pot, stir, cover, turn off and let set for 20 minutes. If you like the rice a little sticky add an extra 1/2 to cup of water at the beginning.
    Thanks for the recipe. This will be made many times to come.

  10. Made these tacos tonight and they were by far the best I have had!!! Love love these and very kid friendly

  11. How much ranch do you add to the freezer bag? Thank you

  12. I’m sorry, but I’m still confused (::sorry face::). Okay, so IS this a freezer meal? If so, do I combine the ingredients, put in baggie and freeze, then when thawed out throw in crockpot? OR do you make the whole thing and THEN throw it in the freezer? If so, how do I warm it up?

    • One more thing.. Would this still taste good if I used chopped-up, fresh tomatoes and onion, instead of pico? My husband isn’t fond of it (although I am!).

    • It is a meal that I make fresh, that Katie chose for her freezer meals. Throw everything in the bag, freeze it then and then toss in the slow cooker when you’re ready!

  13. Could I put it on medium w/ frozen breasts for 8 hours instead? I’m at work for 8 hours so anything that’s less time doesn’t work for me! Thanks 🙂 New to Crockpot cooking…although I’ve had mine for more than two years! Sad, I know, lol.

  14. Made this recipe and it was very good.
    Loved the rich taste!

    I actually forget to use the corn starch so mine was really runny but that was a mistake on my part!
    Still a really great recipe and I will use it again! (With the corn starch!)

  15. Hello! I love the recipes you have posted on your blog! They are delicious and very cheap! I have a blog called It’s geared to help other learn how to coupon, save money and donate to charity. I am planning to post all of the meals I make for the month of December & I plan on making a couple of the recipes you have listed on your website! Hope that’s ok!!

    • We would love if you shared photos of what you make and directed back to our site for the actual recipe. Let us know when you’re going to post it and we can share it on FB as well!

  16. Dawn Wolfington says

    If I was to put on low how long should the time be set for. I am away for at least 12 hours. But my crockpot automatically switches to warm after the time is up. First programmable crock pot for me. It is possible to do this on a day my son will be there. But how long would you say on low?
    Thank you!

    • I think you could do 8 hours no problem on low. It really does vary from slow cooker to slow cooker. You can always add a bit more liquid too, if you feel yours runs a bit hot.

  17. I’ve been making slow cooker chicken tacos since I was 15, so 10 years. I make mine almost the exact same way. I just use herbs and seasonings until it’s to my liking, not much for measuring here.


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