Crock Pot Mexican Chicken Recipe

Make this super easy crock pot Mexican chicken recipe for your next Taco Tuesday!

A while back, I made a recipe for slow cooker pineapple chicken that was just amazing and way too easy to make. And since I had such fabulous success with that recipe, it got me to thinking about other chicken recipes I could make like this.

Shredded, Clean Eating Crock Pot Mexican Chicken served in a heap on a white platter. There is a whole tomato, bunch of cilantro and half a lemon on the platter for garnish.

So I did a little search online and came up with a lovely recipe from Good Life Eats I just had to try. Her recipe is wonderful and I fully intend on trying to make her version verbatim. But I was in a hurry and didn’t have the time to sauté things. So I took a few shortcuts and came up with a really yummy chicken dish that is perfect for filling tacos (and that’s exactly what I did!).


Use this chicken just the same as you would any shredded chicken. Use it as your base meat in your taco or burrito, and build your fillings on top of that. This is a really fast, easy, and basic chicken recipe that can even be used in taco salads, served over rice with other toppings, or even mixed into a broth with other vegetables for a quick and easy taco soup. This is an excellent base recipe. A jumping-off point for many other recipes.


Shredding chicken is a simple process. If you have a “bare-bones” kitchen, you can simply use two forks and basically tear the chicken between them. But if you happen to have a handheld beater (like you would use for mixing a cake batter or beating eggs), you can use that to easily shred your chicken! Just put the beater into the crock after cooking and turn it on a medium setting. Adjust the speed of your blender to get the job done without spraying bits of chicken everywhere. It’s fast, it’s easy and you can just drop those beaters into the dishwasher when you’re done. Simple!




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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken piled high on a white platter.

Crock Pot Mexican Chicken

This easy slow cooker recipe is the best way to make chicken for Taco Tuesdays!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 3 tbsp. clean eating taco seasoning (see link above)
  • 2 lb. chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (no sugar added)


  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir until the chicken breasts are well coated in the spices.
  • Arrange the chicken breasts in such a way that they are as close as possible to being a single layer.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours depending on your slow cooker.
  • If you are home, flip the chicken half way through its cooking time and arrange it into a single layer.
  • The chicken is done when it easily falls apart.


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


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 509mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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  1. I just bought a slow cooker, it well be used until it gives up on life !! ๐Ÿ˜€ I got it specifically for your recipes.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awww, thanks awesome!!! I love my slow cooker. Can’t live without it!

  2. Heather Mathis says:

    Had this and your Mexican Brown rice for dinner tonight. It was a delicious. I am enjoying making your recipes. Thanks for all you do!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      How wonderful! Thank you, I’m flattered!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! Enjoy!

  4. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! Enjoy!

  5. Hi, I am very new to clean eating and just made this one tonight and its so good. Thanks for sharing your fab recipes!

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  7. graciouspantry says:

    Yes I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I can’t wait to try your taco seasoning!! I have been wanting to make my own for a while now but have been lazy and just toss spices in willy-nilly. I like to use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment to shread my chicken. Oh, I have been using frozen chicken breasts for years and have never had a problem.

  10. This is my favorite recipe and my husband loves it too! Thanks for sharing it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – My pleasure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I found this recipe yesterday and immediately went out and bought chicken breasts for tonight’s dinner. I am going to make a chicken taco salad…some baby kale, cherry tomatoes, the chicken, carrots, avocado and olive oil for dressing. I cant wait to get home!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amanda C – Oh yum!!

  12. Soup looks delicious! In the picture I see corn, tomatoes, and beans- yet the recipe only includes chicken, broth, and seasonings. Am I missing something?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim G – Soup? I think you meant to comment on another recipe. This isn’t soup.

  13. I am just using 2 chicken Breasts is that 2 lbs? Should I cut the broth in half?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cathy – That depends on how much each chicken breast weighs. You would have to weigh them. The amount of broth depends on the size of your pot too. You don’t want to cook in a slow cooker without filling the crock at least 1/2 way full. Otherwise, it won’t cook well. Definitely two different issues. If the chicken breasts weight 1 lb. and your crock is small enough, then yes. You can cut the broth in half. But start with weighing the chicken first.