Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 11, 2023
Our fun, simple slow-cooker chicken tacos are perfect for a relaxing dinner with friends. If we have any leftover filling, I toss it into a garden-fresh taco salad. —Tracy Gunter, Boise, Idaho


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 12 fat-free flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • Optional: Sour cream, pickled onions, shredded lettuce and shredded cheddar or Cotija cheese


  1. Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine lime juice and chili powder; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender, 5-6 hours.
  2. Remove chicken. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with 2 forks; return to slow cooker. Stir in corn and salsa. Cook, covered, on low until heated through, about 30 minutes. Place filling on tortillas; if desired, serve with sour cream, pickled onions, lettuce and cheese.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos Tips

How can you make slow-cooker chicken tacos your own?

This dish is one you can easily customize to your own tastes. We like using chicken thighs because they stay juicier longer. If you like things on the spicy side, add a jalapeno or two, or pick something a little hotter if you really love heat! There is a variety of salsas you can use that will significantly change the flavor of this dish as well.

What can you serve with slow-cooker chicken tacos?

Because these tacos cook in the slow cooker, you’ll have plenty of time to create fun Mexican-inspired side dishes to go with them. Don’t forget how easy—and tasty—homemade guacamole is!

How long will slow-cooker chicken tacos last?

As does chili or stew, this dish seems to taste a little better a day or two after it’s made. Just pop leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. To serve, simply reheat in a saucepan over medium, adding water or broth as needed. You can also freeze the cooled chicken mixture for up to 6 months.
James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Culinary Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tacos: 291 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 674mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch.