Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos



Every week we have the opportunity to celebrate something really special.

Taco Tuesday.





I love these crispy gems of perfection.  The beauty of a taco – you can make it however you want.  As you can see I like crema 🙂



To begin

Begin with 2 1/2-3 pounds of boneless skinless chicken.  Trim away the fat and halve them.



Like this.



This picture isn’t necessary, I’m just swooning over my slow cooker 😍

And I want to show you that it only takes 3 ingredients to make shredded chicken.



Oil the bottom of the slow cooker and add the chicken.


Next, cover the chicken in two tablespoons of taco seasoning.



You can make the taco seasoning from scratch!  You won’t regret it!  You can find my recipe here:

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Or substitute McCormick Original Taco Seasoning (1 oz.) instead.


Lastly, cover it in one can of UNDRAINED petite diced tomatoes.

Now set the slow cooker on high and go fold the laundry.  Or have a glass of wine.

Both are priorities but which is #1?



About an hour before dinnertime make the salsa and crema and let the flavors meld in the refrigerator.


Dice tomato and onion, rough chop cilantro, a squeeze lime and a dash of salt.  That’s it!  Cover and refrigerate.


Same thing goes for the crema.  Whisk together sour cream and mayo, add a dash of sugar, salt and squeeze of lime.  Cover and refrigerate until it’s time to eat.

Note:  This isn’t the same “crema” you get from the store, but it’s my version and it has some zest. 🙂


Before your chicken timer goes off, begin making the taco and tostada shells.


If you’re making tacos instead of tostadas, there’s a few methods for bending the shell.  I found this YouTube tutorial helpful:

Frying taco shells – YouTube

You can also warm them on a skillet for a couple of minutes per side.  If you try and eat the corn tortillas raw they aren’t pliable and fall apart easily.



When the time is up, use two forks to shred the chicken.


Now put it all together and garnish with a lime wedge.

If you want some hot hot heat add your favorite hot sauce because this recipe isn’t spicy.


And to all you people pleasers… JUST REMEMBER!:

“You cannot make everybody happy, you are not a taco.” 😀

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos


  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  •  2 1/2-3 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken, trimmed and halved
  • 1 can Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning, Homemade or McCormick’s

3 hours before dinnertime, begin cooking the chicken in the slow cooker.


  • 1 medium diced Tomato
  • 1 small finely diced Onion
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
  • Dash of Salt


  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • Squeeze of Lime
  • Splash of milk

Taco/Tostada Shell:

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Frying Oil such as Vegetable or Canola
  • Lime wedges for garnish

3 hours before dinnertime, begin cooking the chicken in the slow cooker. 

Coat the slow cooker with oil then add the chicken breast.  Cover the chicken with two tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning or a 1 oz. package of store bought.  Next, cover with the can of un-drained tomatoes.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours.  Half way through the cook time lightly shred the chicken and at the end of the cook time, fully shred the chicken and mix it into the juices.  S&P to taste if needed.

An hour before dinner make the salsa and crema.  For the salsa mix together the diced tomato, onion,  juice of half a lime, cilantro and salt.  Cover and refrigerate.  For the crema whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, salt, squeeze of lime and splash of milk.  Cover and refrigerate.

Just before dinnertime make the taco/tostada shells.  Add frying oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Fry the tortillas until lightly browned but still pliable.  Let the tostadas cool by laying flat on a paper towel lined plate. For tacos, fold them in the skillet while still cooking (see instructional video here).

OR you can warm the corn tortillas on a skillet over medium heat, a few minutes per side.


Author: farmtotabletosoul

Hello, I'm so glad you're here! My name is Tara and I created this blog as a creative outlet for myself but also in hopes that I could inspire others like you. Please stick around and re-imagine your creative side. There's plenty of recipes and DIY ideas to check out if you're willing! _______________________________________________________________________________ About Me: I'm a 36 year old energetic wife and mother. I have a vivid imagination and bold sense of humor. I love to cook, bake and create. ☺️

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