Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

Looking for some simple supper concepts? This Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken is so easy, economical, and can be utilized in several methods!

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You might remember me from my very first post where I composed everything about my deep love for the Sunday Dinner Tradition we have with household, however that is not the only thing I have a deep love of. I likewise love fast suppers. I imply I do delight in investing hours in the kitchen area cooking, however just when I wish to. Haha! 

How to Make Mexican Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Enter this fast and simple, affordable, no-brainer Mexican Chicken dish that can be utilized several methods. It’s the kind you plop in the sluggish cooker and utilize all week. Or you can make a big batch and freeze the leftovers into smaller sized parts for a fast meal whenever. 

The highlight? It takes simply 4 active ingredients and a sluggish cooker. The best response when you require something easy and fast. Can I get an amen?

First, A Few Tips!

Before we bust out the sluggish cooker, let’s discuss a couple techniques to getting completely tender and juicy chicken breasts each time.

  • First, coat the chicken breasts in a little oil. My preferred is olive oil, however your preferred cooking oil will work simply great. Chicken breasts are really lean and for that reason can dry quickly. The oil assists keep them from drying throughout the cooking procedure.
  • Second, when the chicken breasts are shredded, let them take in the juices that remain in the sluggish cooker for an hour. Then the within is simply as delicious and juicy as the outdoors!
ingredients for slow cooker chicken

Simple Ingredients You’ll Need

Like I stated, you just require a couple of active ingredients for this really easy Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken! Here’s what you’ll require:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • A container of your preferred green salsa. Herdez is my go-to, however I likewise like the Walmart brand name and Trader Joes likewise makes a tasty one. 
  • Chipotle chile powder*: This active ingredient is the genuine trick to the taste in this dish, so do not avoid it! If you are not knowledgeable about this active ingredient, it is made from smoked jalapeños that have actually been ground into a powder. It includes smokiness and a touch of spice. Each brand name has a various heat level, so I would begin with a little less and increase up until the wanted heat level is reached. I generally get mine at Smith’s (a Kroger shop) when they do BOGO sales. I like it a lot and put it in a great deal of various dishes — including this White Chicken Chili and these Skillet Chicken Fajitas. 
  • Brown Sugar: For simply a touch of sweet. Feel totally free to replace with honey if you desire a more natural alternative. 
  • Oil, salt, and pepper: These are typically thought about “free” in a dish.

*If you actually don’t desire any heat in your Mexican Chicken then you can replace with smoked paprika (not routine), however the taste won’t be rather the exact same. Delicious however not rather as established. 

ingredients in the slow cooker

Add Everything to the Slow Cooker

Start by covering every inch of the chicken breasts in oil, then position them in the sluggish cooker. In a bowl or determining cup, gather the salsa, chipotle chili powder, and brown sugar. Stir to integrate. Pour that mix over the chicken breasts and turn the sluggish cooker on low for 3-4 hours. 

At the 3 hour mark, check to see if the breasts are shreddable. If they are not, leave in the sluggish cooker for another hour. If they are all set to shred, utilize 2 forks to pull them apart. Allow them to remain in the sluggish cooker on low for an additional hour to take in all the delicious juice. After this point they can be kept “keep warm” for as much as 2 hours.

(Scroll to the bottom of this post for more comprehensive instructions and a dish!)

shredded chicken in the slow cooker

Creative Ways to utilize Mexican Chicken

After cooking your Mexican Shredded Chicken in the sluggish cooker, there are limitless choices for methods to utilize it. Here are simply a couple of concepts:

  • As a part of a build-your-own burrito bowl or taco bar. Everyone gets precisely what they desire in their own bowl or taco. Options may consist of cilantro rice, black beans, lettuce, cheese, salsa, avocado, cilantro, and so on. (You might likewise utilize this in location of the hamburger in these Build-Your-Own Haystacks!)
  • Add to a bagged Southwestern salad mix for a fast and simple protein option. It’s such a simple method to spruce of a salad and offer some range!
  • Put inside enchilada burritos (aka damp burritos).
  • Add it to these 15 minute corn tortilla quesadillas. An excellent method to consume tortillas and whatever melty cheese you have on hand.
  • Use as a completing enchiladas, burritos, tacos, or taquitos.
mexican salad with shredded chicken

Looking for Other Super Simple Recipes? Try these!

Recipes with simply a couple of active ingredients can be a lifesaver when things are hectic or the kitchen and fridge are looking a bit empty. Here are a couple of other preferred supper concepts that are incredibly simple:

  • Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup — This dish is so easy to make and it’s an enjoyable twist on standard chicken noodle soup. Plus, it can be made ahead in the crockery pot!
  • Super Simple Sheet Pan Dinner — This dish is so flexible, soothing, filling, and simple. Plus, you can change it up quickly depending upon what active ingredients you have on hand.
  • Crockpot Taco Soup — This one is incredibly easy to make and actually flexible!
  • 4 Ingredient Potato Soup — A constant favorite on the blog site. It’s a dish gave from my grandmother that’s simple on the wallet and yummy on the stomach!
  • 4 Ingredient White Chocolate Churro Popcorn – This is excellent to up your film night treats, however it is likewise wonderful for requiring to a celebration. Plus it is quickly personalized; simply toss in a couple of sprays that match the vacation or group you’re commemorating!
  • 4 Ingredient Chicken Marinade — Perfect for packing up the freezer ahead of barbecuing season. This chicken is excellent by itself or sliced up and tossed in a salad for lunch.
  • Over 50 Cheap and Easy Dinner Ideas — When it appears like there’s absolutely nothing to prepare, search in your kitchen and see if you can work up among these easy concepts!
  • 20 Quick & Easy Make-Ahead Dinners — These freezer-friendly supper dishes are SO simple to make ahead of time and have all set when you require them! So lots of scrumptious choices!!

Have you ever attempted making Mexican Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker? Any other excellent concepts? Let’s hear!


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