Mexican Shredded Chicken [in the crockpot]

I’m kind of obsessed with this chicken recipe right now.  I’ve made it at least once a week for the past few weeks.  It’s easy, healthy, flavorful, and takes only three ingredients!  Dare I say it’s perfect!?  Seriously, consider it a gift.

All you need is chicken breasts (I’ve been using 3, but I think you could use more), a jar of salsa, and a packet of taco seasoning.

So you dump the salsa and taco seasoning into the crockpot and mix them, then coat the chicken in it and set the crockpot on high for 4 hours (or low for longer).  Then wait.  Once it’s cooked, shred it with a fork.  Don’t let this step turn you off!  It’s not like other recipes I’ve made where this step leaves you frustrated and sore in the shoulders.  This chicken is so tender it pulls apart easily.

I love this stuff plain, in tacos, and in quesadillas.  Jason’s been scarfing it down plain- I can’t make it as fast as he’s eating it!  Any leftovers you do have will keep well for the next day.  It’s also make a great protein addition to a salad!

I wish I could take credit for this brilliant dish, but I can’t.  I got it here.  Nevertheless, you can direct thank you notes to howboutsomecake [at] 🙂


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10 Responses to Mexican Shredded Chicken [in the crockpot]

  1. Oh my god, I am SO excited about this recipe right now. First things first it couldn’t be any easier, and second I am soooo in love with mexican food. I’ve been wanting to find a new dinner recipe and this is looking mighty tasty! My boyfriend loves chicken so I’m gonna give this a try. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!


    • Hope he loves it as much as my fiancé! Last time I made this, I told him “Dinners in the crockpot- you can snack on it if you get hungry before then.” Then I went to run errands. Big mistake. I came home to scraps of chicken. Barely enough for a couple tacos. He was totally clueless that he’d eaten more then 2 full chicken breasts!

      • Hahaha, I’m sure my boyfriend would do the same thing! I am making this tomorrow, I’ll definitely let you know how it turns out. We’ll be trying it either in quesadillas or tacos, not sure which yet!

  2. albucco10 says:

    This looks so delicious! A crock pot is actually one of the appliances that I DIDN’T buy when moving into my apartment, and now I’m seriously regretting that. Clearly, I need one ASAP!

    The Glossy Life

    • It’s one of my newest kitchen additions, but so worth it! The only downside is that it takes up a lot of cupboard space (if you live in a tiny downtown shoebox like I do). But it makes things so easy, and it’s the only way I’ve figured out for a working woman to come home to a ready-to-eat home-cooked meal (that doesn’t involve moving in with your mom, anyway!)

  3. It’s safe to say I am completely addicted to this recipe. I made this Saturday for dinner and stuffed the chicken into quesadillas…plan on making it again this upcoming weekend. 🙂


    • Glad to hear it! I was hoping you’d let me know your review. I made it again last week and I’ve been eating it all weekend. My newest creation: breakfast burritos- chicken, scrambled egg, and a little cheese inside a tortilla. If only all recipes were so easy and versatile… 🙂

      • That sounds so yummy, and perfect for using up the leftovers! The only downside to this recipe is how GOOD it smells. I had such a hard time waiting 4 hours to eat it and had to avoid the kitchen until it was done. I’m so glad you posted this!

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  5. Dana says:

    This sounds really good. If you wanted to go even simpler try two chicken breast with a can of
    Ro-Tel with Lime and Cilantro. Throw it in the crockpot and cook then shred it. Great in Burritos or in Tacos.

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