Salsa Chicken

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe – only 3 ingredients! Chicken, taco seasoning, and salsa. Effortless to make and tastes great! Use the shredded chicken for tacos, burritos, taco salad, nachos, and more! This is our family’s favorite Mexican chicken recipe!

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

This Salsa Chicken is a staple at our house. There are only three ingredients and it is packed with tons of great flavor! I always have the ingredients on hand to whip up this dish! I love to whip up a batch of this chicken on Sunday to have for easy meal prep during the week.

This is such a versatile recipe. The chicken can be used in tacos, burrito bowls, taco salad, tortilla wraps, and nachos. Add this easy recipe to your menu ASAP! It is sure to become a family favorite!

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How to Make Crockpot Salsa Chicken

This chicken is effortless to make with only three simple ingredients! Place skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker insert. Sprinkle taco seasoning over the chicken. Pour salsa over the chicken. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW until the chicken is tender and cooked. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Return the chicken to the slow cooker and toss in the juices. Garnish with cilantro.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you feel that there is too much liquid in the slow cooker after the chicken cooks, you can drain it out of the crockpot.
    • The amount of liquid in the crock pot will depend on your chicken and the brand of salsa.
    • I suggest removing the chicken breasts from the slow cooker and pouring the liquid into a bowl. Add the shredded chicken back to the slow cooker and gradually add the cooking liquid until you reach the desired consistency.
  • You can use any boneless skinless chicken.
    • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, boneless skinless chicken thighs, and chicken tenderloins all work great.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Our favorite salsa is Maeto’s salsa. I buy it at Walmart, Publix, Target, and Costco.
  • Salsa chicken is low-carb,keto-friendly, and gluten-free.
    • Use low-carb tortillas for tacos and burritos.
  • Can I freeze salsa chicken? Yes! Cook the chicken and cool it completely. Place the chicken in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
    • Reheat in the microwave until warm.
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How to Serve Mexican Chicken

We serve the shredded chicken in flour tortillas topped with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and lime juice. This chicken is also great for burritos, enchiladas, burrito bowls, taco salad, or nachos. This is my go-to chicken for Mexican casseroles. It adds SO much flavor!

Our go-to side dishes are black beans and Mexican rice. It is equally delicious with our Mexican Street Corn casserole! Don’t forget the tortilla chips, guacamole, and queso!

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe – only 3 ingredients! Chicken, taco seasoning, and salsa. Effortless to make and tastes great! Use the shredded chicken for tacos, burritos, taco salad, nachos, and more! This is our family's favorite Mexican chicken recipe!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Place chicken in a 6-qt slow cooker. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and top with salsa.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Return the chicken to slow cooker and toss with juices.

Notes:

  • If you feel that there is too much liquid in the slow cooker after the chicken cooks, you can drain it out of the crockpot.
      • The amount of liquid in the crock pot will depend on your chicken and the brand of salsa.
      • I suggest removing the chicken breasts from the slow cooker and pouring the liquid into a bowl. Add the shredded chicken back to the slow cooker and gradually add the cooking liquid until you reach the desired consistency.
  • You can use any boneless skinless chicken.
      • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, boneless skinless chicken thighs, and chicken tenderloins all work great.
  • Can I freeze salsa chicken? Yes! Cook the chicken and cool it completely. Place the chicken in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
      • Reheat in the microwave until warm.

Steph

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Comments

  1. I cook, shred, freeze chicken for tailgates and home. Sometimes I add queso to add even more flavor. This is amazing in tortilla and put in air fryer.

  2. My family LOVES this recipe!!
    It’s really great for a Mexican Pot luck because it makes so much and tastes like you’ve worked really hard

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