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Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos

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Tender chicken combined with tomatoes, queso and plenty of seasonings make these slow cooker queso chicken tacos a game changer for taco Tuesday.
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  1. Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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If you’re looking for an easy and delicious weeknight meal, look no further than these cheesy slow cooker queso chicken tacos. The slow cooker does all the work for you and all you need is to add chicken, tomatoes and seasonings, let it cook for a few hours, mix in the queso dip and serve with tortillas and tasty toppings.

For more crockpot chicken recipes, try our slow cooker butter chicken and slow cooker coca cola chicken.

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Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 medium-sized chicken breasts)
  • 1 (1-ounce) package mild taco seasoning or use homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-ounce) can of mild diced tomatoes and green chilies, with juice
  • 1 (4-ounce) can of diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) container salsa con queso
  • Street taco size flour tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce, sour cream, diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro (optional garnish)

PRO TIP:

Some 4-packs of chicken will range from 2-3 pounds. Check the weight but this recipe is forgiving enough that the range of weight won’t impact the result significantly.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

GREEN CHILES: You can use any level of heat for the 4-ounce can of green chiles.

DICED TOMATOES: You can use any level of heat for the 10-ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chiles. You can also substitute a container of pico de gallo for the diced tomatoes and green chiles.

SALSA: You can substitute a jar of nacho cheese for the salsa con queso.

CHICKEN: If you prefer, chicken thighs will work in this easy recipe as well instead of chicken breasts.

How to Make This Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos Recipe

PRO TIP:

Make sure the chicken breasts are fully thawed before adding them to the slow cooker.

STEP ONE: Lightly spray the inside of a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

STEP TWO: Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the prepared slow cooker.

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STEP THREE: Sprinkle taco seasoning, kosher salt, and cracked black pepper over the chicken breasts.

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STEP FOUR: Pour the 10-ounce can of diced tomatoes and chiles and the 4-ounce can of green chiles over the seasoned chicken breast. Cook on the high setting for 4 hours.

PRO TIP:

Chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

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STEP FIVE: Once the chicken has finished cooking, use 2 forks to shred chicken breast.

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STEP SIX: Pour the container of salsa con queso over the top of the shredded chicken and stir to thoroughly combine. 

PRO TIP:

You can adjust the amount of cheese dip depending on your preference. You could opt to add half the jar to the slow cooker and offer the remaining half for each individual to add to their own tacos.

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STEP SEVEN: Serve the chicken taco meat in the flour tortillas, and garnish with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, chopped fresh cilantro, fresh lime wedges, and sour cream. 

PRO TIP:

If you prefer hard taco shells, then you can serve the chicken mixture in those instead for a satisfying crunch.

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How To Serve

Serve these slow cooker chicken tacos on your next Taco Tuesday for an easy dinner. Add all your favorite taco toppings including cheddar cheese, salsa, guacamole, tomatoes, and sour cream and serve with our Spanish rice on the side for a complete meal.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the leftovers for up to two months stored in an airtight container.

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This crockpot queso chicken will be a family favorite. They are easy to assemble and the slow cooker will do all the work for you. With plenty of Mexican inspired ingredients, these tacos are flavorful with just enough of a kick and will be delicious served on tortillas along with your favorite toppings

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

This slow cooker recipe would also work using chicken thighs if you prefer. You may need to cook them for less time since they are smaller than individual chicken breasts.

Can I use corn tortillas?

This easy recipe would work with corn tortillas as well. You may want to warm them slightly in the microwave to soften them up before filling them.

Are these tacos spicy?

These tacos are not overly spicy although they do have a slight kick. You can adjust the spice level with what tomatoes, chiles and taco seasoning you use.

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Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos

5 from 2 votes
Tender chicken combined with tomatoes, queso and plenty of seasonings make these slow cooker queso chicken tacos a game changer for taco Tuesday.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 medium-sized chicken breasts
  • 1 ounces mild taco seasoning, or use homemade taco seasoning
  • 10 ounces mild diced tomatoes and green chilies, with juice
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 15 ounces salsa con queso
  • street taco size flour tortillas
  • shredded lettuce, sour cream, diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Lightly spray the inside of a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker with nonstick spray.
  • Lay the boneless skinless chicken breasts in the bottom of the prepared slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the taco seasoning, kosher salt and cracked black pepper over the chicken breasts.
  • Pour the 10-ounce can of diced tomatoes and chiles and the 4-ounce can of green chiles over the seasoned chicken breasts. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Once the chicken has finished cooking, use 2 forks to shred the chicken breasts.
  • Pour the container of salsa con queso over the top of the chicken and stir to thoroughly combine.
  • Serve in the flour tortillas, and garnish with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, chopped cilantro and sour cream.

Notes

  • Some 4-packs of chicken will range from 2-3 pounds. Check the weight but this recipe is forgiving enough that the range of weight won’t impact the result significantly.
  • Make sure the chicken breasts are fully thawed before adding them to the slow cooker.
  • Chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • You can adjust the amount of cheese dip depending on your preference. You could opt to add half the jar to the slow cooker and offer the remaining half for each individual to add to their own tacos.
  • If you prefer hard taco shells, then you can serve the chicken mixture in those instead for a satisfying crunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1524mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 909IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
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