The most amazing crockpot chicken taco meat you will ever make using flavorful chicken thighs. This easy chicken taco meat recipe is only 5 ingredients!
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I have always made tacos out of beef because I always found that chicken tacos never had much flavor. That is until I made these Crockpot Chicken Tacos! This is the most amazing chicken taco meat you will ever make! I hate to brag, but it's true!
CROCKPOT CHICKEN TACOS
This recipe for chicken taco meat really couldn't be any easier. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, 6 to be exact, and I put them in the slow cooker. I then added salsa, chili powder, cumin, lime juice, and salt.
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I cooked the chicken taco meat in the slow cooker for 2 hours on high. You could do 4 hours on low as well. If your chicken is frozen, add 1 hour to the cook time.
After my CROCKPOT chicken tacos were finished cooking, I pulled them out of the crock pot and put them on a cutting board to cool a bit. I then poured the leftover juice from the slow cooker into a saucepan and turned it on high. I brought it to a rolling boil and reduced the liquid for about 15 minutes.
This really concentrated the flavor!
So while the sauce was reducing, I cut my chicken into cubes. You could also shred it if you like.
I then mixed the chicken with the sauce to finish off the crockpot chicken taco meat. This is where the magic happened!
Now you just need to pick your favorite tortillas and toppings to complete your crockpot chicken tacos! I used low carb tortillas, jicama for some crunch, and cilantro. So amazing!
If you're looking for a more basic chicken recipe, you can check out my Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs, Instant pot chicken breast or Instant pot whole chicken!
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Crockpot Chicken Tacos
- 8 Boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 cup Jarred salsa (your favorite brand)
- 2 Tablespoons Lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Ground cumin
- kosher salt to taste
- Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours. If your chicken is frozen, add 30 minutes. When the chicken is cooked through, remove just the chicken onto a cutting board and set aside to cool
- Pour the juice from the slow cooker into a saucepan and cook over high heat. Let the sauce boil rapidly for 15 minutes to reduce the liquid.
- While the liquid is reducing, cut your chicken thighs into 1 inch dice. You can also shred the chicken if that's what you prefer.
- Add the diced chicken to the saucepan with the reduced sauce and remove from the heat.
- Taste the chicken taco meat for seasoning and season with salt if needed. Serve with your favorite low carb tortillas and taco toppings. (nutrition is for taco meat only)
Nutrition per serving
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Stephanie W says
So easy and delicious. Kids and husband LOVED it. I created a DIY taco bar for the family and made mine into a salad with various toppings. Never missed the tortilla. Will double the recipe next time so I can have plenty leftover to make salads for the week for my lunches.
I have made it twice now-I'm not necessarily on keto, but it's super easy and quick. I doubled the spice recipe and have made the chicken twice. I did some meal prep with it and took some to my college student. He asked me for the recipe.
Jennifer A says
Made it last weekend and making it again now! Easy, good and good for leftovers. Thank you for posting!
So glad you liked the recipe!