Two chicken tacos on a plate with limes and salsa in the background.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

This Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos recipe makes delicious  chicken that can be used in tacos, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, and more. Instructions for the Instant pot included!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth * or salsa
  • 1/3 cup Italian Salad dressing * or salsa
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste


For the Slow Cooker:

  • Place chicken breasts in your slow cooker. 
  • In a small bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour them over the chicken in the slow cooker. 
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 hours or LOW for about 5 hours. 
  • Shred the chicken. Cook for 30 more minutes.
  • Serve chicken with tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, tostadas, burritos, taco salads etc.

For the Instant Pot:

  • I like to use 1 cup of salsa instead of chicken broth and Italian dressing for the instant pot because I think the flavor holds up better under pressure. But either way will work! 
  • Season the chicken with spices and place in the bottom of the instant pot. Cover with lime juice and salsa (or broth and Italian dressing). Cook on Manual (High Pressure) for 8 minutes. Quick release the pressure and carefully remove the lid. 
  • Shred chicken, and serve in tortillas, with desired toppings. 


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 327mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.7mg