taco chicken in a bowl with cheese and avocado

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

This Slow Cooker Taco Chicken is one of our kids favorite dinner recipes! They love it in taco shells or wrapped up int tortillas, or serve it in a bowl with avocado for a low carb meal!



  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast sliced into strips or use chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can diced green chiles (4.5 ounce)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded pepper jack cheese, Mexican blend cheese or cheddar


  1. Pour the salsa and green chilis into a 6 quart slow cooker. Season the chicken strips or tenderloins with the chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder. Add the chicken to the slow cooker with the salsa and chiles.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-7 hours until the chicken is fork tender.
  3. Take the chicken out of the slow cooker and place in a large bowl or onto a board. Shred the chicken with 2 forks and then place back into the slow cooker. (See Note*) Stir to combine with the sauce and then top with a layer of the pepper jack cheese.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for another 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Recipe Notes

This chicken is juicy, which is perfect for serving over rice. If you want less juice for tacos or burritos, drain the juice from the slow cooker and then add back a little at a time to the shredded chicken until you have the consistency that you like.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American / Tex-Mex