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Slow-Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

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Slow-Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken
May All of your Tuesdays have tacos.
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 4 hr 40 min
  • Ingredients 3
  • Servings 6
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Make tonight taco night with only three ingredients! This big batch of easy Mexican shredded chicken is just what you need to share big flavor with minimal effort. Load up your slow-cooker with a handful of simple ingredients, and you'll be greeted with flavorful slow-cooker taco shredded chicken before you know it. Serve this shredded Mexican chicken recipe with rice or inside taco shells with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.
Updated Mar 8, 2021

Ingredients

  • 1 package (28 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
  • 24 oz (or 3 cups) salsa
Make With
Make With
Old El Paso

Steps

  • 1
    In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, toss chicken with half of the taco seasoning mix to coat evenly.
  • 2
    Top chicken with salsa. Stir until well combined. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until chicken is very tender (at least 165°F).
  • 3
    Remove chicken from slow cooker to bowl. Shred chicken with 2 forks. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker along with remaining taco seasoning mix. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 30 minutes longer. Serve warm.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Serve the saucy chicken as a taco filling, to top crisp tostada shells, or to wrap up in warm flour tortillas to make portable burritos. Or spoon over shredded romaine lettuce, with cooked black beans, sautéed sweet bell pepper strips, a corn salsa, and a handful of crumbled queso fresco for the ultimate taco salads.
  • tip 2
    Store your slow-cooker taco shredded chicken leftovers in the fridge in a covered storage container for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months, thawing in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  • tip 3
    For best results, we recommend boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this slow-cooker Mexican chicken recipe. Chicken breasts tend to dry out when cooked in a slow cooker.
  • tip 4
    Add more deliciousness to mealtime with fun recipes like Slow-Cooker Poblano Chicken and Mexican Buffalo Chicken Skillet Dip.

Nutrition Information

230 Calories, 7g Total Fat, 30g Protein, 10g Total Carbohydrate, 3g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
70
Total Fat
7g
11%
Saturated Fat
2g
11%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
28%
Sodium
1130mg
47%
Potassium
620mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
10g
3%
Dietary Fiber
2g
9%
Sugars
3g
Protein
30g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 4 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make a big difference. Coming home to a homecooked Mexican chicken dinner after a long day away can be one of those small victories that make everyone in the family feel better. Thanks to Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix and salsa, you need just 10 minutes in the morning to set up this dish, which will be ready to eat a few hours later. You can serve this slow-cooker shredded chicken with rice on the side, or stuff it inside taco shells with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Don’t have chicken thighs on hand? For this slow cooker Mexican chicken recipe, you can substitute for chicken breasts instead. Be aware that they may cook more quickly depending on their size, so make sure you check the meat for doneness at the minimum cooking time. Wish every night was Mexican night? Us too, which is why we have a bunch more Mexican-inspired recipes for you to make next. Learn how to make enchiladas, how to make a taco casserole and more by browsing all of our delicious Mexican recipes.
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