Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos |

These Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos are sponsored by CHI-CHI’s®.  As always, all opinions and recipes are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Shared Appetite!

I’m not a fan of Taco Tuesday.  It’s too limiting.

In our house, every day has the potential to be a taco day.  Olivia shares my taco obsession (#proudparent).  You can pretty much put anything on a tortilla and she’ll happily gobble it down for dinner.  Her favorite part is putting on all the toppings.  And let’s not lie… that’s every adult’s favorite part as well.

Even better is that these Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos are just 3 ingredients and take 5 minutes to prep.  That’s a HUGE win when it comes to weeknight dinner.  There’s such a small window between when we get home from Olivia’s after school activities (who knew a 3-year-old could have such a packed social calendar) and when bedtime rolls up on us, so quick and easy taco dinners are totally helping us win at this parenting thing.

My love for tacos isn’t new.  They are SO versatile.  I’ve created a ton of taco recipes over the year (you’ll see a bunch of them listed at the bottom of this post for some extra taco inspiration), and now these Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos.  I’m so excited to welcome them to the family!  

Just check out how easy it is to make the salsa chicken.

The longest part is literally taking the slow cooker out of the cabinet!

A neat trick I learned along the way is to always spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray before cooking in it.  This makes washing it after a BREEZE!  Then just add in the chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning, give it a good stir, and let it do its thing!

I’m not using just any salsa for these Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos.  These tacos call for CHI-CHI’s® Fiesta Style Smoky Chipotle Salsa!  It’s the perfect blend of jalapeño peppers, chipotle chiles, roasted onion, garlic and tomatoes.

We’re no stranger to the CHI-CHI’s® Brand in our house!  They are just as passionate about taco dinner time as we are!  They’re all about creating fun and festive occasions with its delicious Mexican foods, including crowd-pleasing salsas, tortillas, and chips.  The perfect celebration doesn’t require a lot of time or money to plan with CHI-CHI’s® —just their tasty food, some lively entertainment and, of course, your friends and family.  And you better believe CHI-CHI’s® Brand products make it easy and convenient to add festive flavor to any dish with quality ingredients, including real tomatoes, vegetables and flavorful seasonings.

You can find CHI-CHI’s® Fiesta Style Smoky Chipotle Salsa at your local grocers throughout the North East such as Price Chopper, Topps Markets, Hannaford, Acme Markets, Redner’s Market and Giant Eagle!

When it comes time to top your Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos, don’t be shy.  We went with a classic combo of sliced avocado, chopped cilantro, and crumbled queso fresco for ours.  With the smoky and slightly spicy chicken, the avocado adds creaminess, the cheese a salty kick, and cilantro that fresh bite.

But there’s PLENTY of other topping options to get creative with.  Hot sauce, sour cream, guacamole, corn, black/pinto/refried beans, lettuce, cheddar cheese… the list goes on and on!

One of my favorite TIPS for next level tacos?  Take the time to heat your tortillas properly.  Sure, you could just wrap a stack of tortillas in a dampened paper towel and pop ’em in the microwave for a bit to get the warm (or wrap in aluminum foil and heat in the oven), but you’re missing out on that little something extra to elevate your taco game.  Heat up a dry skillet over medium/medium high heat.  Once it’s nice and hot, add your tortillas, one at a time, for a few seconds per side.  Your goal is to get the toasty brown spots that you see on the tortillas in these images.  It really makes a huge difference!

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos |

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos

  • Author: Chris Cockren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 people 1x


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups (1 jar) Chi Chi’s Smoky Chipotle Salsa
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • flour or corn tortillas, heated
  • sliced avocado
  • crumbled queso fresco
  • chopped cilantro


  1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Add chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning to slow cooker and stir to combine.  Cook chicken on HIGH for 4-6 hours, until chicken falls apart and shreds easily with a fork.  Shred chicken with two forks.
  2. Layer tortillas with salsa chicken and desired toppings.  Devour!


Feel free to top your Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos with your favorite toppings!  I used sliced avocado, cilantro, and queso fresco here, but there’s PLENTY of other options, such as:

  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • corn or corn salsa
  • black, pinto beans, or refried beans
  • pico de gallo

You love tacos as much as me?  Here are some taco creations to keep your tastebuds dancing over the next few weeks!

I even love tacos for dessert with these Caramel Apple Pie Tacos and 4 Ingredient Nutella Choco Tacos!



By Chris Cockren

I know! We actually do exist. Hey, I’m Chris. Husband. Teacher. Photographer. Avid lover of all things food, especially Mexican and dessert. Sharing is caring. Eat. Cook. Share.

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