Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

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Who wants tacos?! These sweet and spicy slow cooker chipotle chicken tacos are the perfect weeknight dinner. They make a ton, so get ready for leftovers!

Photography Credit: Nick Evans

My slow cooker is almost always on my kitchen counter. It’s just so easy to make dinner happen, even on the busiest weeknights.

These Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos need to be on your regular rotation right now.

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

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They make an effortless midweek meal for the whole family, and they’re also a crowd-pleaser for any Game Day party you might be throwing. Just set the slow cooker to “warm” and let everyone help themselves when they’re hungry.

These tacos definitely bring the flavor! Made with shredded chicken, chipotle peppers, and honey, each bite has just enough sweetness and heat to wake up your taste buds. The chicken also stays really juicy when cooked in the slow cooker – after cooking, you’ll be able to shred the meat with a fork!

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Best Toppings for Chicken Tacos

When it comes to toppings, keep it simple. A little queso fresco, some crunchy red onions and radishes, and chopped fresh cilantro are all you need. Unless, of course, if you hate cilantro! If so, skip it and use chopped green onions instead.

For the tortillas, go for soft flour tortillas. These tortillas a so easy to fold and won’t rip or tear like some other tortillas.

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Storing and Freezing Chicken Tacos

Leftovers will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge, or can be frozen for up to three months. If freezing, we recommend packaging them in individual containers or freezer bags. Thaw overnight and reheat in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave.

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Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 4 hours
  • Yield: Makes 8 to 10 tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or a mix
  • 1/2 cup plain tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • Juice from 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 to 3 chipotle peppers from a can of Chipotles en Adobo, chopped (stems and seeds removed)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Adobo sauce, from a can of Chipotles en Adobo
  • 1 package soft flour tortillas

Toppings:

  • Crumbled queso fresco
  • Diced red onion
  • Diced radish
  • Fresh cilantro

Special equipment:

Method

1 Combine everything in the slow cooker: Combine the chicken, tomato sauce, honey, onion, lime juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to your slow cooker. Add 1 to 3 chopped chipotle peppers and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Adobo sauce, depending on your preferred level of heat. Mix together well.

Ingredients for slow cooker chicken tacos in the crockpot: chicken breasts, spices, onions, honey, tomato sauce, and chipotle

2 Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.

Chicken breasts in a slow cooker for shredded chicken tacos

3 Shred the chicken: At the end of cooking time, use two forks to shred chicken in the pot. Mix the shredded chicken with the sauce.

At this point, the chicken can be held on the "warm" setting, covered, for 1 to 2 hours. Stir additional water as needed if the pot starts to become dry.

Shredded Chipotle Chicken Tacos in a slow cooker

4 Serve: Set out a stack of tortillas and all the toppings. Assemble and serve the tacos from the slow cooker.

Leftover chicken will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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Nick Evans

Nick has been writing delicious recipes for the home cook for almost a decade. He lives in Denver, CO and embraces a delicate balance of diaper changing, trail running and beer drinking. His website is Macheesmo and his first book is Love Your Leftovers.

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  1. Steve Snow

    Easy to make and all four of my kids devoured these tacos. Had extra so sent a plate to my neighbor who lives alone. Definitely will be on the rotation. Thank you Nick for another home run dinner.

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