Rating: 3.61 stars
672 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 164
  • 4 star values: 216
  • 3 star values: 182
  • 2 star values: 85
  • 1 star values: 25

Hearty meats such as chicken thighs become fall-apart sumptuous after a long, gentle simmer in the slow cooker -- the results are ideal for shredding into tacos or sandwich fillings.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
4 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In slow cooker, combine chicken, garlic, salsa, chiles, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper. Cover; cook on high, 4 hours (or on low, 8 hours).

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  • Transfer chicken to a serving bowl, and shred, using two forks; moisten with cooking juices. Serve in taco shells, with toppings, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Oven method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In step 1, use a 5-quart Dutch oven or ovenproof pot with a tight-fitting lid; add 2 cups water. Cover; bake until chicken is fork-tender, about 2 hours. Proceed with step 2.

Reviews (48)

672 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 164
  • 4 star values: 216
  • 3 star values: 182
  • 2 star values: 85
  • 1 star values: 25
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2019
This makes no sense that this has only a 3 star rating. I have made these for years and people love them. So easy and absolutely delicious.
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2018
So delicious! I chose a ranchero salsa to use and then I added extra broth to cover the breasts. After pulling the chicken apart I drizzled some sauce back on chicken. Loved it!
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2017
I'm not sure why this has only a 3-star rating. It's really a fantastic, easy-to-prepare recipe and one that you'll want to add to your regular rotation.
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2015
Outstanding! I add more garlic and chiles, and fry my own tortillas, but otherwise the recipe is perfect, and a huge favorite here.
Rating: Unrated
03/01/2015
Im not a big commenter but I had to on this recipe...make it! I am hispanic and can say that this is absolutely delicious! I had some organic peach salsa sitting in my fridge and used it for this recipe. With a combo of ancho chili powder/new mexico chili powder for the tbspn requirement..love it! Fresh out of can chipotles will give considerable heat punch so be mindful of that..i just happen to have some in my freezer. Thank you Sarah for this recipe!
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2015
My friend shared this recipe with me couple of weeks back and I fell in love. It's so easy to make and so flavorful. I did tweak it a bit used chicken breasts instead of thighs. I like to have the onions and garlic caramelized before adding it to the slow cooker. I also add fresh jalapenos to add some more kick to it. I definitely needed this in my life. :)
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Rating: Unrated
04/14/2014
This recipe is awesome. It's super fast, super easy, and tastes like home made Mexican food. I use salsa with no preservatives or additives and usually add vegetables like potatoes, squash, peppers, carrots, and onions. Throw some quinoa on the side and you have a pretty healthy Mexican chicken stew.
Rating: Unrated
07/30/2013
I haven't made these yet, but I always buy rotisserie chicken on sale and then freeze. I would use the chicken and seasonings, then put in crockpot just to heat up. Would save a bit of time.
Rating: Unrated
07/28/2013
this recipe is crazy easy and delicious. IMO it makes more than 4 servings... more like 6 or even 8 depending on how full you make your tacos. I recently experimented with frozen chicken tenders instead of the chicken thighs (cooked for the same amount of time) and it came out just as good - presumably with less fat/calories as well. I love findings crock pot recipes like this one that can actually be easily assembled in the morning.
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04/01/2013
This recipe worked out perfectly. I ended up adding sliced green and red peppers (1 each) and sliced up 1 whole yellow onion and added a can of black beans. I also added a tsp of cumin and a sprinkling of salt for extra seasoning and cooked in high for 4 hours and low for another 2 hours. It came out perfectly. This will definitely be one of my go-to recipes for my crock pot!
Rating: Unrated
03/01/2013
These are amazing and so easy to prepare! When all three of my boys like something, I consider it a huge hit! Love the kick these have!
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2013
I made this with chicken tenders instead of dark meat (my husband and I prefer white meat). I used a little extra salsa and only a dollop of the adobo sauce (taste it first - it's very spicy, so use what you think everyone will like). I was worried that the white meat would dry out, but it didn't. I cooked it on low for 8 hours and when I took it out to shred, it was delicious and moist. I often make ground turkey or beef tacos, but this is definitely a nice spin that I will be making again.
Rating: Unrated
01/20/2013
This recipe is amazing!!! The meat was so juicy and had tons of flavor. I used chicken breasts so it had almost zero fat and it was fantastic.
Rating: Unrated
12/04/2012
Great idea for chicken that becomes too soft for other uses. This is a fantastic meal that the kids will love. Thanks, Carla, author of: 31 Healthy Kids Lunch Recipes http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AA8G2UY
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2012
Love, love, love. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs (because I'm picky) and it still turned out so tender and yummy. I've never used chipotle chiles for anything and it really made the flavor wonderful. I also added fresh cilantro to the pot. I love this recipe and will make it again for sure!
Rating: Unrated
07/24/2012
After scrambling for something to throw in the crock pot real quick before work, I found this recipe. So easy, fast, and so tasty! The only thing I wish is if they would give exact portion sizes instead of servings. That way it's easier to know how much to eat while on a diet but making the recipe large enough for a family.
Rating: Unrated
02/28/2012
An amazing and easy recipe my entire family loved! I didn't have chili powder on hand but substituted chili seasoning from a mix and it was great. Will for sure make again!
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2011
This is SERIOUSLY my favourite taco recipe - so much flavour and so easy to make! Definitely a staple for us!
Rating: Unrated
07/13/2011
Insanely easy recipe. I used a 3-qt slow cooker and probably could have fit 3 lbs of chicken (rather than just 2). I minced the garlic instead of slicing it. I used hot salsa plus 2 Tbsp. chipotle and it was plenty spicy. The sauce was kind of greasy from the chicken but not enough to deter me from making this again.
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2011
This recipe is SO good and very easy to make. Very tasty. Everyone raves about how good the chicken is. We use soft tortilla shells instead of hard. THIS IS A MUST TRY RECIPE!!!!
Rating: Unrated
03/20/2011
This recipe is super quick and easy! I had everything pulled out and in the pot in 11 mins. I set my cooker to low and it was still done in 4.5 hrs. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fresh pico de gallo and since we are dairy free I used Daiya Cheddar Cheese. My husband and I had a fabulous meal! Can't wait to find more gems like this one.
Rating: Unrated
03/10/2011
This was awesome! And so easy. A hit with my husband, probably too spicy for my kiddos though (could be made without, however). Made a couple modifications: used 1 lb chicken, halved the seasonings, used 7 oz canned salsa, and kept the chipotle chili at 1 Tbsp for extra spice. Served with cilantro lime rice. Delicious!
Rating: Unrated
02/28/2011
Really delicious and couldn't be more simple! This would be perfect for feeding a crowd.
Rating: Unrated
01/27/2011
I love this recipe. I use boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs. I add a bit more salsa and a tbsp of oil and cook on low for 5hrs. It is fantastic!!
Rating: Unrated
01/02/2011
Delish, esp with sour cream. I went a little crazy with the adobos... Next time, I'll stick to the recommended amount. This was so very easy!
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2010
So yummy. I cooked it on low for 6 hours and the chicken thighs were perfect. Any longer and they would have been overdone.
Rating: Unrated
10/20/2010
This was delicious! And so easy! I let the chicken marinate in the mixture overnight, and it was very moist. Hubby rated it 9.5 out of 10 (and he's a super-picky eater)!
Rating: Unrated
09/18/2010
Made this tonight and they were delicious! Nothing like having dinner ready when you get home on a Friday! Next time, I would add some more liquid...either more salsa, a little water or maybe some chicken broth. They weren't as moist as I had expected, but had great flavor! Will definitely be making these again!
Rating: Unrated
01/20/2010
So good and so easy. Great for soft tacos or chicken nachos too!
Rating: Unrated
08/12/2009
All I can say is FABULOUS!!!
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06/02/2009
The simplest recipe I have ever made and one of the tastiest! Prep time is literally 5 minutes. Sooooo Delicious!
Rating: Unrated
05/02/2009
This recipe was so good and so easy. I added the full 2 tablespoons of the chipotles and it gave it a nice kick.
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03/03/2009
I added one yellow onion in with the chicken when I initially put it all into the slow cooker and I think it made it even better! But be careful with the adobo chilis, I went overboard (I added more than the recipe called for).
Rating: Unrated
01/21/2009
These are absolutely incredible. My husband is allergic to tomatoes so I subbed salsa verde for tomato salsa and it was excellent. I was a little worried about the heat since I have a 4 year old, but they weren't spicy at all (just flavorful) and she just loved them. We did soft tacos and topped with lettuce, monterey jack cheese and corn. The corn added a nice sweetness to it. So easy, it has been added to my family's favorites.
Rating: Unrated
12/16/2008
This is a yummy recipe. However, I seeded the chipotle peppers and added slightly less than what was called for to tone down the heat. Enjoy!
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10/18/2008
I am known as the girl who can't cook but - this recipe proved them all wrong! Everybody loved it and was raving about it. I used Jalapenos instead of chipotle chiles and poured in a taco seasoning packet instead of chili powder. This is a great recipe!
Rating: Unrated
10/18/2008
I am known as the girl who can't cook but - this recipe proved them all wrong! Everybody loved it and was raving about it. I used Jalapenos instead of chipotle chiles and poured in a taco seasoning packet instead of chili powder. This is a great recipe!
Rating: Unrated
10/15/2008
We had some leftover, so we put in on tostadas with fried eggs
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10/15/2008
FABULOUS chicken! Absolutely WONDERFUL! HIghly recommend! Delicious with sliced avocado
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10/07/2008
sorry the submit button wasn't working for me either. I actually only hit it twice!
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
VERY GOOD! The chicken is so tender and very flavorful. I subsituted 1T of taco seasoning for the chili powder bc my husband only likes chili powder in CHILI, ugh. Even a hit with the kids, who usually only like beef tacos.
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
VERY GOOD! The chicken is so tender and very flavorful. I subsituted 1T of taco seasoning for the chili powder bc my husband only likes chili powder in CHILI, ugh. Even a hit with the kids, who usually only like beef tacos.
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
I'm so sorry the submit button wasn't working!
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
Has anyone used chicken breasts instead of the chicken thighs? I'm wondering if they would get too dried out.
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
Has anyone used chicken breasts instead of the chicken thighs? I'm wondering if they would get too dried out.
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
Has anyone used chicken breasts instead of the chicken thighs? I'm wondering if they would get too dried out.
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2008
We've already made this twice, and my husband and I agree it's a weekly must-have. I've got some in the freezer too, for emergencies! Chipotle is an addictive flavor like chocolate! Usually these recipes are on the mild-side of spicy, so I urge you to use a full 2 Tablespoons of chipotles in adobo. This will NOT be overwhelming if you subdue the tacos then with lime, cheese, and sour cream. I also serve these with a warm corn-and-black-bean salsa. The garlic is key, so don't skimp! FIVE STARS
Rating: Unrated
10/04/2008
Thi s is the tastiest chicken you will ever make! I used a chipolte salsa to go with the chipolte chilis. I used regular corn tortillas heated up on the stove and it was fabulous! Super easy too! :)