September 7th, 2016

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

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As far as I’m concerned, Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken is a recipe everyone should have in their collection.

There are lots of different versions of this savory shredded chicken dish out there, and over the years, I’ve taken what I like from each to create my family’s favorite version of this versatile slow cooker staple.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Why is this a must-have recipe? Because there are SO many ways to use it! Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, nachos, tostadas, chimichangas, soups, salads, sandwiches…..the possibilities are almost endless.

Not to mention, it’s so easy to make. Just throw everything in the slow cooker and walk away!

And you can make a huge batch and freeze the leftovers for those hectic nights when you barely have time to get dinner on the table.

If you love the shredded chicken that’s so popular in Mexican restaurants, then you’ll definitely want to try this recipe.

Don’t be put off by the seemingly long ingredient list. It’s mostly spices and seasonings, which is what makes this tender chicken so delicious.


Our favorite way to use enjoy this chicken is in burritos, but there really are so many ways to use it.

You can make it more or less spicy by adjusting the amount of canned chipotles in adobo you use, and by varying the heat level of your salsa.

And it’s perfect if you need to feed a crowd. Just serve this chicken with tortillas, corn chips, and all your favorite taco toppings, and everyone will be satisfied. 

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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Tender, slow cooked shredded chicken. Perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more!


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 (10 oz.) cans diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons canned chipotles in adobo, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place chicken and remaining ingredients, except cilantro, into a lightly greased slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until chicken shreds easily with a fork.
  3. One hour before serving, remove chicken and shred with two forks. Strain the juices in the slow cooker through a mesh sieve. Discard solids. Return shredded chicken and strained juices to the slow cooker.
  4. Just before serving, stir in cilantro. Taste and reseason with salt and pepper, if needed.
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  1. Those seasonings sound good!

  2. Just reading the recipe, I can imagine how very flavorful this is. What a great make-ahead filling for burritos on a busy weeknight!


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