My Favorite Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken is a time saver and household top pick! Simply throw the chicken in with seasonings and come home to perfectly juicy, shredded chicken! Add to enchiladas, tacos or top salads!
I feel late to the party.
What party, you ask? The Netflix train!
The Netflix train!
I always rolled my eyes as my husband would get lost in yet another ‘Netflix series’; binge watching the show like it’s his bread to his butta. Which means I was stuck overhearing his pointless shows as I curled up on the other end of the couch, trying to find the end of the internet.
Spoiler alert: I still haven’t found it.
Another spoiler, though? I’m converted! I am a Netflix junky now. What is this world coming to? Monday, I told you I have found a new home in Lowe’s and now I can get lost in a TV without multitasking in some form. And the result? A surprising relaxing, stress-free evening. Ahhhh. So this is what the hubs was hiding from me….
So a few weeks ago, after a particularly busy Saturday, the hubs asked if I wanted to watch a movie. I gladly agreed but knew in the back of my mind, I would make it approximately 16 minutes into the movie and I would be fast asleep. But that is far from the truth. We scrolled and found a Netflix series…you mean I can watch the an entire TV show, back to back? WHAT? Nowwwwwww, I get the hype. Sign me up.
We came upon a TV show you think I would jump at; Young and Hungry. But as my typical self, I rolled my eyes and quickly decided it sounded rather dumb. Hint hint: my typical answer to nearly all movies and shows. My short attention span has a hard time getting attached. But not reality shows…those are easy to get lost in. Ew; I know…
So, we curled up on the couch and watched episode after episode. Before I knew it, we were halfway through the first season and I couldn’t stop laughing. I didn’t want to turn it off! I can just see it now…Aiden’s 3am feeding would roll around, holding my eyelids open, binge watching Young and Hungry, all while feeding my little. And I would think “This is the life!” But, we flew through all three seasons and I feel empty. What am I going to do with myself now?!
Luckily, I filled that void by doing what I do best, getting into the kitchen! With Cinco de Mayo approaching, I thought to share a family favorite. This Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken is my personal favorite! My mother and I have been making it for as long as I can remember. As in, this is what my family was known for; from parties to our annual lake trip we would take each summer with 100 of our closest friends. <–That is a whole other post!
The best part? It is dummy proof. Simply through whole chicken breasts into a slow cooker, top with your favorite taco seasoning, a touch of brown sugar (to make the spicy notes really punch), a can of fire roasted tomatoes and diced green chilies. Feel free to up or subtract the brown sugar based on how spicy your taco seasoning is! I just love the balance of sweetness with spice.
After a few hours, come back to juicy, flavorful chicken. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Then place the chicken back into the pot to soak up all the yummy juices. And cue the angels to start singing!
This chicken is extremely versatile! Use it to fill enchiladas, tacos, burritos, nachos or to make a killer taco salad! The meat is a bit juicy so I like to drain it first before adding to things such as enchiladas, so the tortilla doesn’t get soggy. You can either squeeze out the liquid or you can put the mixture in a strainer but make sure to reserve the liquid! It’s great to cook rice in and store the meat in!
Ps…with all your free time, how about your whip up a batch of these Champagne Margarita’s to go with. I’m just sayin…
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Serves Roughly 1/3 Cup
My Favorite Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken Recipe Type : Dinner Author: Megan My Favorite Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken is a time saver and household top pick! Simply throw the chicken in with seasonings and come home to perfectly juicy, shredded chicken! Add to enchiladas, tacos or top salads!
10 minPrep Time
6 hrCook Time
6 hr, 10 Total Time
- 2 pounds chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup your favorite taco seasoning
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 can (14.5 ounce) fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 (4 oz.) can mild green chilies
- Place chicken into the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Sprinkle with brown sugar, taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Top with tomatoes and green chilies.
- Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
- When chicken is done, remove chicken from slow cooker and place on cutting board. Let cool for a few minutes. Using two forks, shred chicken then place back into slow cooker to soak up the juices.
*Cook time will depend on size of chicken breasts used; longer for large and shorter for smaller.
*Feel free to drain chicken before adding to enchiladas, tacos, burritos as the meat is quite juicy. I like to store the chicken with the juices so it stays moist.
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