Shredded Chicken Tacos


This taco recipe is a great choice for midweek dinners, even if it's not Taco Tuesday! Instead of beef, we use moist, boneless chicken thighs and to make things easier for you, the taco filling is cooked in a slow cooker, so you can prepare it in the morning and come home to a delicious meal.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
16 tacos


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, halved and stemmed (see Tip)

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • 16 (6 inch) corn or flour tortillas, warmed

  • 1 cup Guacamole, chopped fresh cilantro, and/or lime wedges


  1. Combine undrained tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, garlic, chili powder, and salt in a blender; cover and blend until smooth. Pour the tomato mixture into a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Add chicken thighs; stir to coat.

  2. Cover and cook on Low for 5 to 6 hours or on High for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

  3. Remove the chicken and place in a bowl. Shred the chicken using two forks. Add enough sauce mixture from the slow cooker to the shredded chicken to moisten. Serve the chicken in tortillas. If desired, top with guacamole, cilantro, and/or lime wedges.


Equipment: 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker

Tip: Because hot chile peppers, such as jalapeños, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
6g Fat
24g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2 tacos
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Vitamin A 924IU 18%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Folate 6mcg 1%
Sodium 414mg 18%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 26mg 6%
Potassium 281mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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