Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

by Meghan

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With 3 kids 4 and under, including a 2 week old newborn, the ONLY way I am serving up dinner these days is with my slow cooker.  We would be starving or living on delivery without it.  One of my go-to favorites is Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos.  With the help of RO*TEL, it literally takes 30 seconds to prep and requires only two ingredients.  Read through to the end to see how you can double or triple the recipe and turn it into 3 meals!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos - Only 30 Seconds to Prepare with RO-TEL

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Texas born and raised, I could eat Mexican food 24/7.  Living in New England, however, makes good Mexican food extremely hard to come by, and I’ve learned I am better off making it myself.  Every house has something they always have in the pantry – at our house, it’s RO*TEL. Using RO*TEL in my homemade Mexican food helps me get the authentic Tex-Mex flavors I’m looking for and fulfills my taste for home!

Key Ingredients

For my Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos, I headed to Wal-Mart to restock my favorite Tex-Mex ingredient, RO*TEL. You can find it in the pasta and canned tomatoes aisle.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos - Stock Up on RO-TEL

I add the RO*TEL to boneless chicken thighs in my slow cooker during naptime, and it’s ready to serve as chicken tacos for dinner.  I prefer thighs to breasts – they have more flavor and are a less expensive cut of meat.  Win, win!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos


1 1/2 pounds boneless, chicken thighs

1 10 ounce can Original RO*TEL

Taco Trimmings

Whole wheat tortillas



Refried beans

Shredded cheese


Spray inside of your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

Add boneless chicken thighs.

Top with 1 can of RO*TEL per 1-1 1/2 pounds of chicken.

Cover and set slow cooker to High for 4 hours.

When chicken is done, use 2 large forks to shred chicken. Recover and allow to rest, absorbing the juices for 10-15 minutes.

While shredded chicken rests, cut avocados, lettuce and warm canned refried beans and tortillas to complete your taco serving bar!

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Gluten Free Option

Want a gluten free option?  Opt for Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos sans tortillas, served up as Burrito Bowls.  Add Mexican rice to your taco bar set-up.  Just substitute 10 ounces of liquid required for your rice with 1 10 ounce can of RO*TEL!

Three Nights of Meals, 30 Seconds of Prep

The Slow Cooker Chicken can be used as the protein for countless recipes.  Worried it’s too spicy for your kids?  Opt for Mild RO*TEL instead of Original, although both my girls (4 and 2) are fine eating Original.  I like to double or triple the recipe above to make leftovers for another two nights worth of meals. Chicken tacos on the first night, King Ranch Chicken Casserole (my hubby’s favorite) on night #2, and these awesome Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos for the third meal.  Alternatively, double either of the above two recipes, and freeze half before baking for an easy freezer meal option at a later date.

More Great Yes You Can Recipes

Visit ConAgra Foods Yes You Can landing page for more awesome, quick and easy Can + Fresh recipes.  You can also download a coupon to Buy 3, Get 1 Free of your favorite Hunt’s, RO*TEL, MANWICH or Rosarita cans at your local Wal-Mart.

What is your favorite go-to Tex-Mex recipe?  What is your favorite taco topping? How do you use canned ingredients to make family dinners quick and easy?

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos - Only 30 Seconds to Prepare

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy our family favorite, King Ranch Chicken Casserole or our 10 Favorite Slow Cooker Meals.  You can find all of these, as well as our favorites from around the web on our Gotta Eat! and Slow Cooker boards on Pinterest.

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