Slow Cooker Chipolte Chicken Tacos

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on March 5, 2012

I’ve been having serious second thoughts about cooking dinner lately. Our days have been busy, running from place to place to place and I often find myself dreading the very thought of dinner. Even meals that I can prepare ahead of time, I just don’t want to deal with it. Some nights we are just left with sandwiches or frozen pizza.

That’s better than cereal, isn’t it? Yes, unless of course I burn the bacon for our BLTs. Then boxed cereal is much, much better.

A few weeks ago, when my assignment for this month’s Secret Recipe Club came through I did what I always do: sit on the couch with my iPad, digging through and pinning recipes. Searching for the one (or fifteen) that calls out to me. For some reason it’s always the most complicated ones that beg to be made. Maybe it’s the challenge that calls to me. Maybe it’s the lure of something brand new. Maybe, just maybe, I’m a glutton for punishment.

Maybe it’s all of the above.

This time though I decided that I would try something new, that would actually make my life easier. And I found it.

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Recipe


Slow cooker chicken tacos. Courtesy of Kitchen Trial and Error.

Now, before I get into the recipe itself, let me tell you a little about Kate. She’s been a loyal participant of Sweet Tooth Friday since the beginning, and so for that I love her. But that’s not the only reason. I love her because she makes food from scratch. Bread. Pasta. Ice Cream. Oreos. She’s a woman after my own heart, as I often crave the process of making bread from scratch. There’s just nothing like a yeasty bread rising and baking. The aroma filling the house. Driving me crazy. Oh how I wish I had just a little more time to make bread from scratch again.

Perhaps best of all, Kate’s recipes are unique, but totally do-able. I think that’s the technical term for it. Her recipes have a certain flare to them, but they are simple, which very often results in the best tasting recipes.

This brings me back to my dinner dilema.

Do I finally just resort to heating up frozen food every night? No, no I can’t do that. I actually enjoy cooking for my family. Most of the time. Instead I vow to revise our meal plans to include more slow cooker recipes and recipes that can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

This decision is what brought me to make slow cooker chicken tacos.

Slow Cooker Chipolte Chicken Taco Recipe

It was the best decision I’ve made in a long, long time. Chicken. Diced tomatos. Taco seasoning. Chicken broth. And, since I always like to put my signature on a recipe, chipolte peppers in adobo sauce. Just to give it a little heat.

With very minimal effort, dinner was ready to go when we were ready to eat. My sanity was saved. Dinner was saved. Dessert was saved, because there’s always dessert at our house.

Thank you Secret Recipe Club and Kitchen Trial and Error, for saving dinner for my family, as this recipe will be one repeated time after time. After time.

Slow Cooker Chipolte Chicken Tacos

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes

Slow Cooker Chipolte Chicken Tacos

Chicken tacos from the slow cooker. Weeknight dinner just got easier.


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipolte pepper (in adobo sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • Taco Toppings
  • Hard shells, flour tortillas or taco bowls
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Salsa or chopped tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sliced sweet peppers


  1. In a small bowl combine the chicken broth, taco seasoning, chopped chipolte pepper and adobo sauce. Set aside.
  2. Pour the diced tomatoes in the bottom of a slow cooker, spreading evenly.
  3. Lay the chicken breasts on top.
  4. Pour the chicken broth mixture on top.
  5. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  6. Shred the chicken using two forks, it will pull apart easily.
  7. Layer the chicken, cheese lettuce, salsa or tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro, and sweet peppers on top of your favorite taco shell.
  8. Freeze any leftover chicken.


Recipe adapted from Kitchen Trial and Error

P.S. I have a favorite recipe for homemade taco seasoning and taco bowls made from flour tortillas. Hold tight, these recipes are coming in a few short weeks.


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1 Noelle (@singerinkitchen) March 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

Nice recipe! So quick and easy. I must try this.

2 Melanie March 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I love chicken tacos. Add chipotles and I’m in heaven. I can’t wait to see the taco seasoning recipe you use!

3 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

It’s coming soon! In a few weeks anyway.

4 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Love a good slow cooker recipe! These tacos look delicious!

5 Monica @ TheYummyLife March 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I wish I had this in my slow cooker right now. Looks wonderful and easy.

6 Amanda March 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Mmm these sounds wonderful! I totally understand about not having dinner lately too!

7 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies March 6, 2012 at 1:46 am

These sound so nice and spicy, just the way I like my food to be.

8 Deborah (Snackers Delight) March 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

All I can say is AWESOME!!!! I love chicken tacos and all the toppings that go along with them. This will help get them on my families menus more ofter. Thanks for sharing! 😀

9 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies March 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

The slow cooker is such a godsend, especially when it comes to dishes with shredded meat. We often do shredded beef, pork, or chicken tacos. Great SRC pick!

10 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I agree! I use my slow cooker to make shredded chicken and then freeze it. Makes week night meals so much easier.

11 Abby March 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

I’ve always wanted to try adobo sauce! Great recipe :)

12 Lisa~~ March 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Eggs have always been my go-to dinner when I just can’t be bothered but I’d much rather eat your tacos, they look divine.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

Cook Lisa Cook

13 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I never think about making eggs. So smart.

14 Sarah March 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I like to try and post a new crock pot recipe each week on my blog. I would love to try this one sometime soon! Thank you for the photos and clear directions. I love your blog! Happy to be your newest follower (on Facebook and Pinterest as well!). Visiting from The Frugal Girls Chic & Crafty Party. -Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

15 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I’m so glad you stopped by Sarah. Let me know if make this, I’d love to hear how it turned out.

16 Miz Helen March 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

This is a great recipe Alli. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Miz Helen

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