Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Slow cooker Mexican chicken is perfect for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, etc.  It’s so easy to prep and cook you will make this all the time. Double the recipe and freeze part of it. I find this recipe has so much more flavor than our usual favorite Mexican restaurant. As a matter of fact, I prefer this homemade chicken! Yay, money saved! Right?

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken - Super easy and so full of fabulous flavor. Great for tacos, burritos, nachos, etc.

All you do is dump the chicken and remaining ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook! I absolutely love these kinds of recipes (as if you haven’t noticed).

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken - Super easy and so full of fabulous flavor. Great for tacos, burritos, nachos, etc.

When the chicken is done shred with two forks and serve.

This chicken was a big success with my family.  We used it in Chicken Burrito Bowls (recipe to come soon). This chicken is so tender, juicy and full of those fabulous Mexican flavors.

4.8 from 5 reviews
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This super easy slow cooker Mexican chicken is tender, juicy and chock full of Mexican flavors.
Recipe type: Chicken
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup salsa (homemade or store-bought)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 4 oz. can mild green chilies
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (decrease or omit for less spicy)
  • 1 - 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped
  1. Rub chicken breasts with oil and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine seasonings.
  3. Cook on high for 2-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
  4. Remove chicken to a cutting board, and allow to cool about 5 minutes before shredding (there will be liquid remaining in the slow cooker).
  5. Return shredded chicken and let cook on low for an additional 20 minutes to absorb some of the liquid/juices.
  6. If you have excess liquid you can drain this off.
  7. Taste and add hot sauce to taste if desired.
You can adjust the adobo peppers and sauce to your meet your desire of spice/heat level. I only used one pepper and 1 teaspoon of sauce.
Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken - Super easy and so full of fabulous flavor. Great for tacos, burritos, nachos, etc.


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  1. Reply

    This slow cooker Mexican chicken looks wonderful!
    I found your post today on Party in PJ’s.
    Hope you are having a great Wednesday~

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Melanie! I’m going to check your site out right now! 🙂

  2. Reply

    This looks so good! We eat a lot of chicken so I’m happy to find some different ways to cook it. Cooking in the crockpot makes even that much better. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Pinning!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Linda! We eat a lot of chicken in my home too. So much so I get tired of chicken! 😉

  3. Reply

    We made this chicken for puffy chicken tacos on 5 de Mayo! It is absolutely delicious! This is a definite must make again dish!
    Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend! You will be featured on Monday. Have a great weekend and thanks for the delicious dinner idea!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

    1. Reply

      Linda, I’m so glad to hear you liked the chicken!!!! Thank you so much for featuring my recipe! 🙂

  4. Reply

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  5. Reply

    Yum, I love easy slow cooker recipes like this, it sounds amazing and would be a hit with my family too! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Joy!

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  7. Reply

    This looks so nice & sounds so simple! I love Mexican food and this would be so versatile. #WAYWOW

    1. Reply

      It is simple and absolutely delicious! Thank you for stopping by!

  8. Reply

    This is full of all the best stuff. And you can do it in a slow cooker! This is going to be my new favorite recipe!!! We love mexican food, any kind, any style, and we can mix and match this chicken with whatever we are in the mood for! Perfect!

    1. Reply

      Absolutely, Nikki! 🙂

  9. Reply

    I love this, sounds like it would be great in flour tortillas! I have a similar recipe, we eat it all the time! Thanks for linking up at You Link It, We Make It – hope to see you back tomorrow. Pinning!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, April!

  10. Reply

    Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays…This would be yummy for taco night! Pinning!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Crystal!

  11. Reply

    Sounds like the perfect chicken for burrito’s, tacos and so much more!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you later today!! Pinned!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Elaine!

  12. Reply

    Just made this, It is so delicious. Thanks for sharing. My son will love it I am sure. I did go easy on the chipotle. I am learning to like a med spicy.

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you liked it, Sue! Thank you so much for sharing with me!:)

  13. Reply

    Really good recipe! Looks delicious!

  14. Reply

    That looks so yummy! I am cooking for around 30 people and wonder how many crock pots I will need. Do you think doubling the recipe would work in a big crock pot? I was thinking about using 2 big crockpots (6 quart) with double the recipe in each. That would be 8 pounds of chicken. Any thoughts?

    1. Reply

      Hi Chris! I have never doubled this recipe but I think it would work just fine. Just use your judgment on some of the seasonings, like the salt and adobo sauce. I use a 6-quart crockpot and this recipe doesn’t even come close to filling the crock.

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    How would you describe the spice/heat level of this meat? If I have folks who are not heat fans, will I want to back off on the chipotles, but up thebsmoked paprika a bit to keep the smoky flavor?

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      Hi, Chris! Just enough spice to not overwhelm with heat. I don’t like my food so spicy that I can’t enjoy it. So, yes if you have people who can’t handle the heat cut back a little on the adobo sauce and you can certainly add extra smoked paprika. Hope this helps.

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