Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Recipe

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This slow cooker taco chicken is the perfect way to make a large pot of chicken for family night tacos using only two ingredients!

If you don’t own a slow cooker, get one! Nothing makes life easier than a recipe like this Clean Eating 2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken recipe where you can quickly put a couple ingredients into a slow cooker and walk away for hours just to come home to a hot meal!

Clean Eating 2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken recipe shown up close inside a corn taco shell with raw spinach leaves between the shell and the chicken.

This 2 ingredient slow cooker taco chicken is my go-to recipe for Taco Tuesdays. I put it in the slow cooker 4-6 hours before I need it and then I have all that time to get ready. Just imagine the toppings you could prep in 4 hours! (So kidding). But truly, it’s quick it’s easy, it’s healthy and with the right salsa, it’s low carb to boot (with a low carb tortilla, that is…).

If you want to keep the tacos entirely low carb, check out my topping suggestions here.

Otherwise, it’s super easy to get creative! I always put out a bunch of small dishes with different toppings so everyone can make their tacos just the way they like them. It’s an easy way to make sure there are no complaints at the dinner table. Everyone around here loves taco night for that very reason. Who wouldn’t want a taco made especially or them?

And honestly, if I get no complaints at dinner time these days, it’s a total winner in my book. Seriously, why didn’t somebody tell me motherhood involved running an entire complaint department??

And just FYI, I am working on a low carb tortilla recipe. I’m just still trying to get the recipe right. For me, texture in a tortilla is the most important thing after flavor and I just haven’t gotten that magic combination yet. But when I do, you can be sure I’ll post it on the blog here!

Until then, happy Taco Tuesday!


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Clean Eating 2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Recipe

2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Recipe

If you need a quick and easy way to make tacos, give this 2 ingredients taco chicken a try in your slow cooker!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 large, raw breasts)
  • 1 cup salsa (no sugar added)


  • Place the chicken in your slow cooker and pour the salsa over the top. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until the chicken shreds easily simply by stirring it.
  • NOTE: Do not lift the lid of your slow cooker until the end of the cooking time. Lifting the lid during cooking will lengthen the amount of time needed to cook as well as make it possible for bacteria to build on your food because the internal temperature of the slow cooker is not maintained.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

This recipe from The Gracious Pantry archives. Originally posted: 12/21/14.

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  1. Lucy Brenton says:

    This us so easy and delicious! We have a large family, so I usually do four pounds of chicken breasts and two 16 ounce jars of Trader Joe’s Salsa…one tomatillo and one tomato. It takes five minutes or less to prepare and you come home to tasty chicken. Mmmmmm!

    1. Lucy – Sounds wonderful! 🙂 I’ve never made anything with tomatillos. Might have to try that next!

  2. Hi Tiffany,

    Hope all is well. What salsa do you recommend?

    Thank you.

    1. Lori – It’s really all about what your favorite is. I buy mine at Trader Joe’s. But whatever has real ingredients listed and no added sugar should work pretty well.

  3. You had me at “2 ingredients.” <3

  4. Pam Green says:

    Are you no longer allowing your recipes to be pinned to Pinterest?

    1. Pam – Yes, they are pinnable. I’m trying to find a new pin button because this one doesn’t show up until the entire page has downloaded. I may just start adding a link myself. But if you have the pin button in your browser, it’s a really quick and convenient way to pin anything on the web. The Pinterest site has it.

  5. Hi, I would love to use this recipe to meal prep for the week. Will it be okay just sitting in the fridge or will I have to freeze it in portions? Thank you!

    1. Kerry – Depends on the size of your portions and how many people you are feeding. It’s makes a fair amount of food. So if you feel it’s too much to eat in 3-4 days, I would freeze some of it.

  6. Hi! What shells/tortillas do you recommend? I can never find clean ones, and it’s the biggest reason we don’t eat many tacos around here!

    1. Jessica – I have some tasty quinoa tortillas here you can make at home. Other than that, it really all depends on what you have available in your area. I used to buy my corn tortillas from Trader Joe’s until I realized it was all GMO corn. So now I just make my own or use lettuce leaves for a lower carb option.

  7. Tiffany B says:

    I added too much salsa, but once it was done, I had some nice broth with hatch chili salsa mixed in. Do you have any recommendations for a use for the left over?

  8. How many “pounds” of chicken breasts?…the size of chicken breasts can be pretty random, depending on where you shop. On one trip to “Sprouts”, I purchased two huge breasts weighing in at 3 pounds total!
    Thank you for your response!

    1. Dy – The chicken breasts I use usually average between 7 and 8 oz. each. But really, the size isn’t so important on this recipe.

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